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Biomedical Sciences


Dr. Robert Spears gave the keynote address at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry’s Research Day on Jan. 18. The title of his talk was “Student Involvement in Research.”


A figure in a publication co-written by Drs. Jerry Feng and Chunlin Qin appeared on the cover of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, which was published in February. The full citation is: Ma D, Zhang R, Sun Y, Rios H, Haruyama N, Han X, Kulkarni AB, Qin C, Feng JQ.  A novel role of Periostin in postnatal tooth formation and mineralization. J Biological Chemistry 286:4302-09, 2011.

San Miguel S, Opperman LA, Allen EP, Svoboda KKH.  Reactive oxygen species and antioxidant defense mechanisms in the oral cavity: A literature review. Compend Contin Educ Dent; January-February 2011. Published online by AEGIS Communications.

San Miguel S, Serrano MJ, Sachar A, Henkemeyer M, Svoboda KK, Benson MD. Ephrin reverse signaling controls palate fusion via a P13 kinase-dependent mechanism. Developmental Dynamics 240:357-364, 2011.

San Miguel S, Opperman LA, Allen EP, Zielinkski J, Svoboda KKH. Antioxidants counteract nicotine and promote migration via RacGT in oral fibroblast cells. J Periodontol 81:1675-90, 2010.

Serrano MJ, So S, Svoboda KK, Hinton RJ. Cell fate mediators Notch and Twist in mouse mandibular condylar cartilage. Archives of Oral Biology Epub; December 21, 2010.

Dental Hygiene


Lisa Harper Mallonee presented six hours of continuing education on Jan. 21 during the Hawaii Dental Meeting. The titles of the two presentations were “Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body, Healthy Practice” and “Fattening of America: What Does Dentistry Have to Do with It?”

On Feb. 26, she repeated the “Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body, Healthy Practice” presentation during the Chicago Midwinter Meeting. She also presented “You Are What You Eat and Drink!” for a total of six CE hours during that meeting.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


Dr. Roger Alexander presented nine continuing education hours for the 40th annual Star of the South Dental Meeting, sponsored by the Greater Houston Dental Society. On Feb. 3-4, he presented “Ten Steps Your Office Can Take NOW to Prepare for the Management of Life-endangering Medical Emergencies.” On Feb. 5, he presented “Learning to Overcome the Generationally Perpetuated Myths of Dentoalveolar Surgery.”


Public Health Sciences

Bolin SurveyPublications
Dr. Kenneth A. Bolin's nationwide survey of dental health care providers in community health centers was released in October 2010 on the National Network for Oral Health Access website. Read the publication here, or click on the image to the right.

The study was commissioned by the Health Resources and Services Administration and assisted by NNOHA.

Restorative Sciences


Dr. Stan Cobb spoke during an International College of Dentists’ breakfast meeting on Jan. 15 in Dallas. The title of his talk was “Heart of Change.”