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Department News - March 2009

Academic Affairs

Holyfield LJ, Berry CW. Designing an orientation program for new faculty. J Dent Educ 72:1531-1543, 2008.

Wilder RS, O’Donnell JA, Barry JM, Galli DM, Hakim FF, Holyfield LJ, Robbins MR. Is dentistry at risk? A case for interprofessional education. J Dent Educ 72:1231-1237, 2008.

Biomaterials Science

Dr. Mari Koike presented a paper titled “Cast titanium alloys for dental applications” at the 24th annual conference & exhibition of the International Titanium Association in Las Vegas Sept. 21-24. Dr. Toru Okabe was a co-author of the paper.

Koike was a guest speaker for the biomedical sciences department’s “bring your own lunch” seminar series Nov. 5. Her presentation was “The use of ICP-MS for elemental analysis in aqueous solutions.”

Chahine G, Koike M, Okabe T, Smith P, Kovacevic R. New design and production of Ti-6Al-4V ELI customized dental implants. J Miner Met Mat Soc (JOM) 60:50-55, 2008.

Other News
Koike was a U.S. delegate to the International Standard Organization technical committee meeting for dentistry in Götenberg, Sweden, Sept. 29 to Oct. 4.

Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Avadhesh C. Sharma and Mani Chopra attended the annual meeting of the Association of Scientists of Indian Origin in America Jan. 17-19 in Denton, Texas. During the meeting, Sharma was elected president of the ASIOA (see story in leadership section) and chaired the breakout session about sepsis. Chopra received second place in the Junior Scientist Award (see story in awards section). They also gave two oral and three poster presentations:

  • Chopra M, Das P, Sharma AC. Caspase-3 regulates contractile dysfunction associated with norepinephrine in adult rat ventricular myocyte during sepsis.
  • Das P, Chopra M, Sharma AC. Norepinephrine effects myocardial mitochondrial VDAC/MitoKATP channels during polymicrobial sepsis.
  • Chopra M, Das P, Sharma AC. Pharmacological modulation of cyclic AMP affects adult rat ventricular myocyte contractility and apoptosis during sepsis.
  • Das P, Chopra M, Sharma AC. Modulation of myocardial syntaxin1A and norepinephrine transporter is dependent upon the duration of sepsis.
  • Chopra M, Das P, Golden H, Watson L, Dostal D, Sharma AC. Norepinephrine induces systolic failure and inhibits anti-apoptotic genes in myocytes in a hyperdynamic rat model of polymicrobial sepsis.

Rawlins JT, Fernandez CR, Cozby ME, Opperman LA. Timing of Egf treatment differentially affects Tgf-β2 induced cranial suture closure. Experimental Biology and Medicine 233:1518-1526, 2008.

Maciejewska I, Cowan C, Svoboda K, Butler WT, D’Souza R, Qin C. The NH2-terminal and COOH-terminal fragments of dentin matrix protein 1 (DMP1) localize differently in the compartments of dentin and growth plate of bone. Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry 57:155-166, 2009.

Lin Y, Cheng YS, Qin C, Lin C, D’Souza R, Wang F. FGFR2 in the dental epithelium is essential for development and maintenance of the maxillary cervical loop, a stem cell niche in mouse incisors. Developmental Dynamics 238:324-330, 2009.
Maciejewska I, Qin D, Huang B, Sun Y, Mues G, Svoboda K, Bonewald LF, Butler WT, Feng J, Qin C. Distinct compartmentalization of dentin matrix protein 1 fragments in mineralized tissues and cells. Cells Tissues Organs 189:186-191, 2009.

Peng T, Huang B, Sun Y, Lu Y, Bonewald LF, Chen S, Butler WT, Feng J, D’Souza RN, Qin C. Blocking of proteolytic processing and deletion of glycosaminoglycan side chain of mouse DMP1 by substituting critical amino acid residues. Cells Tissues Organs 189:192-197, 2009.

Lu Y, Qin C, Xie Y, Bonewald LF, Feng JQ. Studies of the DMP1 57-kDa functional domain both in vivo and in vitro. Cells Tissues Organs 189:175-185, 2009.

Zhao P, Sharma AC, Ren J. Pathogenesis and therapy of autoimmunity-induced dilated cardiomyopathy. Frontiers in Bioscience 14:1708-1715, 2009.

Golden HB, Watson LE, Lal H, Verma SK, Foster DM, Kuo S, Sharma AC, Frankel A, Dostal DE. Anthrax toxin: pathologic effects on the cardiovascular system. Frontiers in Bioscience 14: 2335-2357, 2009.

Das P, Chopra M, Sharma AC. Upregulation of myocardial Syntaxin1A is associated with an early stage of polymicrobial sepsis. Mol Cell Biochem 323:61-68, 2009.

Other News
Dr. Bob Hutchins participated on the testlet committee for the ADA National Board Examination part 1 on Dec. 16-19.

IADR LogoDr. Rena D'Souza has been appointed to serve as a member on the International Association for Dental Research regional development committee. In addition, she has been selected by the board of directors of the American Association for Dental Research as a candidate for the board’s vice president. The election will be this fall.

Diagnostic Sciences

Flint DJ, Dove SB, Brumit PC, White M, Senn DR. Computer-aided dental identification: An objective method for assessment of radiographic image similarity. Journal of Forensic Sciences 54(1): 177-184, 2009.

General Dentistry

Setien V, Roshan S, Cala C, Ramirez R. Pigmentation susceptibility of teeth after bleaching with 2 systems: An in vitro study. Quintessence International 40(1):47-52, 2009.

Oral Surgery

Suzanne Verma gave a lecture at an international craniofacial reconstruction symposium in Groningen, Netherlands, Jan. 29-31. The title was “Digital technologies in facial reconstruction: An overview of contemporary uses and considerations for clinical applications.”


Diepenbeek AF, Buschang PH, Prahl-Andersen B. Age-dependent cephalometric standards as determined by multilevel modeling. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 135:79-87, 2009.

Hodges A, Rossouw PE, Campbell PM, Boley JC, Alexander RA, Buschang PH. Prediction of lip response to four first premolar extractions in white female adolescents and adults. Angle Orthod 79:413-421, 2009.

Martins RP, Martins JC, Martins, LP, Buschang PH. Skeletal and dental components of Class II correction with the bionator and removable headgear splint appliances. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 134:732-741, 2008.
Pinto LP, Bell WH, Chu S, Buschang PH. Simultaneous 3-dimensional Le Fort I/ distraction osteogenesis technique: Positional changes. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 67:32-39, 2009.

Woodmansey KF, Ayik M, Bushang PH, White CA, He J. Differences in masticatory function in patients with endodontically treated teeth and single-implant-supported prostheses: A pilot study. J Endod 35:10-14, 2009.

Restorative Sciences

Drs. Stan Cobb, Mike McWatters, Brent Hutson and Jon Clemetson volunteered in December with the Christian Medical and Dental Associations at Operation Christmas Gift. More than 10,000 people were served at the event in the Dallas Convention Center.

Operation Care Group