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Dr. Mari Koike presented the following papers at the Materials and Medical Devices Conference and Exposition organized by the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society in Palm Desert, Calif., Sept. 23-25:

  • Koike M, Okabe T. Properties of cast Ti-Al-Cu alloys for dental applications.
  • Koike M, Okabe T. Effect of casting size on the α-case of titanium.

Dr. Toru Okabe was invited to speak at the Japan Titanium Society meeting in Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 5.  His presentation was titled “Development of titanium for dental applications at Baylor College of Dentistry.”


Chan K, Koike M, Johnson B, Okabe T.  Modeling of alpha-case formation and its effects on the mechanical properties of titanium alloy castings. Metall Mater Trans 39A: 171-180, 2008.

Keanini RG, Watkins GK, Koike M, Okabe T. Theoretical study of alpha case formation during titanium casting. Metall Mater Trans 38B:729-732, 2007.

Koike M, Okabe T. Properties Characterization of cast Ti-Al-Cu alloys for dental applications. Materials and Processes for Medical Devices Conference & Exposition (MPMD), ASM, 2007.

Koike M, Fujii H, Guo Q, Brezner M, Okabe T. Evaluation of cast Ti-Al-Fe alloys for dental prostheses. In: Niinomi M, Akiyama S, Maruyama K, eds. Ti-2007 Science and Technology. The Japan Institute of Metals, 2007.

Koike M, Lockwood PC, Wataha JC, Okabe T. Initial cytotoxicity of novel titanium alloys. J Biomed Mater Res 83B: 327-331, 2007.

Ohkubo C, Koike M, Okabe T.  Wear resistance of cast titanium alloy teeth.  The Sixth Pacific Rim International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing, 2007.

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Drs. Toru Okabe and Mari Koike attended The Sixth Pacific Rim International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing in Jeju, Korea, Nov. 6-9.  They are the co-authors for the presentation “Wear resistance of cast titanium alloy teeth” by Dr. Chikahiro Ohkubo, Tsurumi University.

Dr. Ikuya Watanabe will serve as mentor for visiting scholar Dr. Waleed El Shahawy, who joined the department Jan. 22 from Mehalla Kubra, Egypt.  El Shahawy will be at HSC-BCD for one to two years working on his doctoral thesis for Tanta University.  His academic studies are funded by the Egyptian government.

Visiting scientist Hidemasa Shimpo returned to Japan Dec. 18 to resume his academic endeavors at Tsurumi University.

Biomedical Sciences


Carrillo R, Rossouw EP, Franco PF, Opperman LA, Buschang PH. Intrusion of multiradicular teeth and related root resorption using mini-screw implant anchorage. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 132(5): 647-655, 2007.

Carrillo R, Buschang PH, Opperman LA, Franco PF, Rossouw EP. Segmental intrusion with mini-screw implant anchorage: A radiographic evaluation. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 132(5): 576.e1-576.e6, 2007.

Chamorro MM, Regan JD, Opperman LA, Kramer PR. Effects of storage media on human periodontal ligament cell apoptosis. Dent Traumatol 24(1): 11-16, 2008.

Other News

Dr. Bob Hutchins was named to the National Board Dental Examination Part I testlet committee.

Opperman was invited by Dr. Nancy W. Dickey, HSC president, and Dr. David Carlson, HSC vice president for research and graduate studies, to be the HSC research representative at the  annual meeting of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas Jan. 10-11 in Houston.



DeLong L, Burkhart N. General and Oral Pathology for the Dental Hygiene Student. Baltimore: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2008.

Other contributors to the book include Drs. Harvey Kessler, John Wright, Jacqueline Plemons, Terry Rees, Celeste Abraham and Ibtisam Al-Hashimi.

Other News

Burkhart is a columnist for PenWell and has written the “Case Study” section for RDH magazine for the past year.

Restorative Sciences

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Dr. Stanton Cobb hosted the James P. Owen Medical Mission Scholarship dinner Jan. 14. He presented $10,000 worth of scholarships to aid UT Southwestern medical students working in Third World countries. The four recipients will work in India, Africa and South America.