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Research Day Presentation Awards

Congratulations to the following students and junior researchers who received awards at PDM Research Day 2021.

Honors Award
Name/Project Faculty Advisor
Kylie P. Schlesinger, Community Honors (D’22): Penntorship Beverley Crawford, Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, Division of Restorative Dentistry
Joan Gluch, Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, Division of Community Oral Health
Julia Y. Cheung, MCC Honors (D’21): Single Site Prevalence of Depression among HIV Patients on ART Temitope T. Omolehinwa, Department of Oral Medicine
Jennifer K. Chou, Pediatric Honors (D’21): Assessing Perceived Impact of Behavior Guidance Tools on Cooperation During Pediatric Dental Visits for Patients within the Autism Spectrum Disorder Maria Velasco, Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, Division of Pediatric Dentistry
Raul Alberto Isturiz Blanco, Periodontics Honors (D’21): Clinical evaluation of Laser Assisted Periodontal Phase I treatment with Er:YAG laser: Case report. Yu Cheng Chang, Department of Periodontics
Matthew J. Sun, Clinical Honors (D’21): The Digital “Clone”- Integrating Intraoral Scans and CBCT for Virtual Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Julián Conejo, Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences
AADR Student Research Day Award

The AADR Student Research Day Award, funded by the AADR, is designed to recognize the best presentation at an academic institution’s research day competition. The award consists of a complimentary meeting registration and a monetary award of $500 to assist with travel to the March, 2021 AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition in Boston, Massachusetts. The Awardees will also be highlighted in the General Session & Exhibition Program Book and AADR website.

Name/Project Faculty Advisor
Matthew Rose (D’22): An Epidemiologic Survey of 3,247 Traumatic Maxillofacial Injuries: A Retrospective Analysis. Brian P. Ford, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/Pharmacology
Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA) Award

Dentsply Sirona and the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) have joined forces to co-sponsor the Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA), formerly known as the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association.

The SCADA program advances our collective commitment to empower the next generation of dental leaders. By showcasing students’ research, and recognizing their passion for discovery and innovation, we will fuel the future of dental care.

Name/Project Faculty Advisor
Jiahui (Madelaine) Li (D’22): The Seroepidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 in Dental Practitioners: A Prospective Study Kira Nightingale and Patricia M. Corby, Center for Clinical and Translational Research
Penn Dental Medicine AADR Travel Award 2021

The AADR Travel Award program was launched by Penn Dental Medicine in 2014 to advance student/junior investigator research, providing funds toward their travel to the annual AADR meeting where awardees have the opportunity to present their work. Recipients are selected by a faculty panel of judges at Penn Dental Medicine’s annual Research Day. The following recipients were selected at Research Day 2021 and will attend and present their research at the AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition in Atlanta, GA, next March 2022.

DMD Student Awardees
Name/Project Faculty Advisor
Michael Cimba (D’22): Analysis of the Clinical Impact of COVID-19 on an Oral and Maxillofacial Program: A Retrospective Study Brian P. Ford, Helen E. Giannakopoulos, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Pharmacology
Nikita Gupta (D’22): The Effect of Twitter on Academic Dentistry Sinem E. Sahingur, Department of Periodontics
Alisa Lee (D’22): Dental Pulp Stem Cell-Derived Extracellular Vesicles Promote Rat Maxillofacial Bone Regeneration Qunzhou Zhang and Anh D. Le, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Pharmacology
Nicole A. Levine (D’22 ): Parent Knowledge and Attitude Regarding Primary Teeth Evlambia Hajishengallis, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, Division of Pediatric Dentistry
Faizan I. Motiwala (D’22): GMSCs encapsulated in soft 3D-scaffolds enable nerve regeneration via immunomodulation and neurite outgrowth stimulation Qunzhou Zhang and Anh D. Le, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/Pharmacology
Min Kyung Shin (D’22): Osteoblast lineage cells and periodontal ligament fibroblasts regulate orthodontic tooth movement that is dependent on Nuclear Factor kappa B(NF-κB) activation Hyeran H. Jeon, Department of Orthodontics
Asad Siddiqi (D’22): FDG‑PET/CT for Global Assessment of the Maxillary Sinus in Head and Neck Cancer Patients Undergoing Photon/Proton Radiotherapy Yu Cheng Chang, Department of Periodontics
Graduate Dental Education Student Awardees
Name/Project Faculty Advisor
Dennis Sourvanos (GD’): A Review and Dose Analysis of Photobiomodulation for Dental Extraction, Alveolar Ridge Preservation, in Preparation for Endosseous Implant Osseointegration. Joseph Fiorellini and Hector Sarmiento, Department of Periodontics
James Carroll, THOR Photomedicine Ltd.
Patricia M. Corby, Department of Oral Medicine, Department of Radiation Oncology
Andres Davila (GD’): Complications After Dental Extractions in Patients Taking Biologic Agents Rogan Magee, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Neurology
Katherine France, Department of Oral Medicine
Mohammad Taqi Qali (GD’): Evaluation of Long-term Efficacy of Forced Erupted Teeth for Restorative Purposes – A Clinical Retrospective Study Yu Cheng Chang, Manal Sabir and Joseph Fiorellini, Department of Periodontics
Hellen Teixeira, Department of Orthodontics
Junior Investigator Awardees
Name/Project Research Lab
Zhi Ren, DMD, PhD: Composite Organism-like Interkingdom Interactions during Biofilm Initiation in Human Saliva Hyun Koo, Department of Orthodontics, Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, Divisions of Community Oral Health & Pediatric Dentistry
Hye-Eun Kim, PhD: Enzymatic targeting of mannans to disurupt cross-kingdom cariogenic biofilms Geelsu Hwang, Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences
Atul Dhall, PhD: Biophysical quantification of cross-kingdom interactions between streptococci and different morphotypes of Candida albicans Geelsu Hwang, Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences

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