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Department News - May 2010

Biomedical Sciences


Foley CH, Kerns DG, Hallmon WW, Rivera-Hidalgo F, Nelson CJ, Spears R, Dechow PC, Opperman LA. Effect of phosphate treatment of acid-etched implants on mineral apposition rates near implants in a dog model.  International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants. 2010 Mar-Apr; 25(2):278-86.


Biomedical sciences faculty made a number of presentations at the Experimental Biology 2010 meeting in Anaheim, Calif., April 24-28. 

During the section titled  "The SPIRIT of creating fundable proposals:  Preparing SBIR/STTR, Program, Instrument, Research, Infrastructure and Training grants, three faculty presented:

  • Dr. Lynne Opperman - "Translational research, technology transfer and small business grants - alternate funding resources"
  • Dr. Kathy Svoboda - "Instrumentation grant savvy - what's the best fit for your institution?"
  • Dr. Paul Dechow - "Team building: growing your research career through institutional awards"

Dr. Lynne Opperman chaired a platform session titled "Regenerative medicine/wound healing," and students from Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry gave these oral presentations:

  •  Symone San Miguel - "Antioxidants increased in vitro wound healing of nicotine-treated oral fibroblasts"
  •  Veera Malavia - "Nerve & vascular regeneration in bone transport osteogenesis"

Dr. Douglas Benson chaired a symposium on "Rewiring the spinal cord: recovery after spinal cord injury," and he gave an oral presentation on "Ephrin contribution to myelin-based inhibition of axonal regeneration."

Dental Hygiene


Lisa Mallonee was invited to Hastings Community College Alumni Association's annual meeting in Hastings, Neb., to present six hours of continuing education courses on April 9.  She presented two sessions:  "Healthy mouth, healthy body, healthy practice!" and "Fattening of America:  what DOES dentistry have to do with it?"  

Mallonee was a continuing education speaker for the Star of the North Dental Meeting held in Minneapolis, Minn., on April 22.

Mallonee also spoke at the Texas Dental Association's annual meeting on May 6 and the California Dental Association's Spring Scientific meeting May 15-16.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


Dr. Roger Alexander was a last-minute guest speaker for the April 20 general membership meeting of the Dallas County Dental Society.  He presented "AEDs in the dental office: reasons why you need one and features to consider when purchasing."  Interestingly, Alexander was called upon to speak in Dr. Frank Higginbottom's absence.  Higginbottom, along with thousands of other travelers, was delayed returning from Europe due to the Icelandic volcano eruption.

At the April 24-28 Experimental Biology 2010 meeting in Anaheim, Calif., Suzanne Verma chaired a hybrid symposium called "Digital technologies in anatomical reconstruction: rebuilding the past and engineering the future" at which she gave a presentation titled  "Advanced digital technology in prosthetic reconstruction."



John F. Bowley, Ibtisam Al-Hashimi, Mike T. John. A critical summary: Patient history and clinical examination are not accurate to assess TMJ disc displacement and osteoarthrosis compared to MRI diagnosis.  ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry. Online publication: http://ebd.ada.org/SystematicReviewSummaryPage.aspx?srId=a382f393-ddeb-40ac-8f44-06c49cfc3cc4&IndexId=38e54135-9def-4104-a649-45f8498b905f

Ibtisam Al-Hashimi.  Contributing author for Clinician's Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Salivary Gland and Chemosensory Disorders.  American Academy for Oral Medicine. Editors, Brennan M, Fox P.  Online publication:  http://store.vitalsource.com/search?q=aaom , ISBN 1-55009-326-06. 2009


Dr. Ibtisam Al-Hashimi was a guest speaker at the AEEDC conference in Dubai in March.  She presented a lecture on "Oral components of Sjögren's syndrome" and chaired a session and panel discussion.

Other News

Dr. Ibtisam Al-Hashimi is a member of the Oral Working Group to develop clinical practice guidelines for Sjögren's syndrome, an initiative led by the Sjögren's syndrome foundation.

Surgical assistant Angela Lee-Noles served as an auxiliary WREB supervisor this spring at dental board examinations at the following dental schools: University of Nevada - Las Vegas School of Dentistry, Iowa City School of Dentistry, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry and HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry.