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Department News


Dr. Rena D'Souza was invited to give the keynote presentation at the Technology Exchange Seminar May 2 at the Colgate-Palmolive Company in Piscataway, N.J. The title of her presentation was “Novel Hydrogel Systems for Tissue Regeneration.”

D'Souza also was invited to give several talks at the XV Research Meeting of the University of Sao Paulo School of Dentistry in Sao Paulo, Brazil, notably the plenary lecture titled “Adventures from the Clinic to the Bench and Back to the Clinic.”  This research conference was held May 13-15.


Naidu A, Dechow PC, Spears R, Kessler HP, Wright JM, Opperman LA. Effects of bisphosphonates on osteoblast behavior. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod (ePub, May 2008).

Other News

  • Dr. Robert Hinton attended an American Dental Association National Board Part I (Anatomic Sciences) Committee meeting in Chicago on May 28-30.
  • Dr. Robert Spears chaired a symposium titled “Master Education Class: The Fascia” at the Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego April 5-9.
  • Spears attended the second session of the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in the Healthcare Profession in Boston May 18-23.
  • Spears represented HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry at the Texas State Anatomical Board meeting in Dallas on May 12.

Dental Hygiene


Lisa Mallonee was an invited speaker at the California Dental Association’s 2008 Spring Scientific Session in Anaheim, Calif. She provided two continuing education courses titled “Fattening of America – What does DENTISTRY have to do with it?” and “You ARE what you eat…and drink!”



Dr. Nancy Burkhart presented two seminars, “Recognizing skin lesions” and “Updates on eating disorders,” at the Ohio Dental Hygiene Association annual session in Columbus, Ohio, in May. The seminars were also presented for the Charlotte Area Health Education Organization in Charlotte, N.C., in April and May.