[Shames Lecture Series] The Impact of Oral Health on Cancer Care with Patricia Corby, DDS, MS

May, 2019
03:00 PM-04:00 PM

William W.M. Cheung Auditorium | Penn Dental Medicine
240 S. 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA

The Impact of Oral Health on Cancer Care

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Registration Fee: Free; sign-in is required to receive CE credit
CE Credits: 1.0 lecture credits

*Please note, this course is being offered in conjunction with Penn Dental Medicine’s Alumni Weekend. To view the full schedule of events or to register for the lecture, please click here»

Course Description

Our research is driven by the need to establish evidence-based tailored protocols for the oral care of head and neck cancer patients. This lecture will highlight the impact of a clinical trial of an oral care intervention with the aim to carefully characterize the relationship between the clinical trajectory of oral mucositis (OM), the local levels of inflammatory changes, and the ebb and flow of the oral microbiota in head and neck cancer patients during radiation therapy.

Educational Objective

  • Understand the relevance to clinical practice regarding the oral health needs of cancer patients, providing the basis for the development of better oral health interventions aimed at identifying therapy targets for reducing the risk and severity of OM and improving quality of life during cancer treatment.


Patricia M. Corby, DDS

Dr Patricia Corby is a clinical trialist, she is specialized in the development, implementation, and conduct of clinical and translational research.In her current position at NYU Langone Health, she provides support to a comprehensive research operations program, playing a key role in the realignment and evolution of clinical research services within the NYU Office of Science and Research, Langone Medical Center, which includes the Office of Clinical Research Support, the NYU-HHC Clinical and Translation Science Institute (NYU-CTSI) and the Office of Human Research Regulatory Affairs. Within the CTSI operations, Dr Corby is the Institutional Lead for recruitment providing oversight for the Recruitment and Retention Unit (RRU), and supporting large collaborative clinical trials as the Co-Lead for the Multi-site Support Unit (MSU). She is also the director of the Center for Large Scale Clinical Studies (CLSCS); staff from the CLSCS provide support to investigators who are planning, submitting and conducting large grants and multisite clinical trials. Over the past 20 years Dr Corby has served as PI or Co-Investigator on and successfully managed numerous federally- and industry-sponsored Phase I-IV drug and device clinical trials in the medical and dental field.

Dr Corby’s research is dedicated to understanding the oral microbiome of different populations, and designing classic studies involving the Twin model to uncover genetic heritability traits associated with these oral diseases. Additionally, she has avast clinical experience in conducting studies focused on elucidating the microbial communities from oral conditions such as dental caries, gingivitis, periodontal disease, dry mouth and oral cancer; amongst other systemic diseases.

Read more about Dr. Corby’s appointment at Penn Dental Medicine here»

Read more about how Dr. Corby is bringing her research to bear for cancer patients undergoing radiation, while looking to advance clinical research School-wide here»

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University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credits.