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Department News - November 2008

Biomedical Sciences


Dr. Robert Hinton was an invited speaker at the Conference on Orthodontic Advances in Science and Technology meeting Sept. 11-14 in Pacific Grove, Calif.  The title of his presentation was “Differential gene expression in the perichondrium and cartilage of the neonatal mouse temporomandibular joint.” 

Dr. Jayne S. Reuben was invited to present “Pharmacology: new drugs” at the 2008 National Oral Health Care Conference Nov. 9-13 in Grapevine, Texas.

Dr. Kathy Svoboda gave a seminar Sept. 19 at Rutgers University Pharmacy School titled “Protect your baby – environmental risk factors for cleft palate.”

Dr. Robert Spears spoke Oct. 7 and 8 with first-year biomedical science students at Texas A&M University about HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry and dentistry as a career choice. He also attended the Texas A&M University Graduate and Professional School Day Oct. 10.


Anaya-Prado R, Toledo-Pereyra LH, Guo RF, Reuben J, Ward PA. Exogenous nitric oxide donor in the liver inflammatory and hemodynamic response after hemorrhagic shock. Cir Cir 76(4):285-291, 2008.

Hoesel LM, Flierl MA, Niederbichler AD, Rittirsch D, McClintock SD, Reuben JS, Pianko MJ, Stone W, Yang H, Smith M, Sarma JV, Ward PA. Ability of antioxidant liposomes to prevent acute and progressive pulmonary injury. Antioxid Redox Signal 10(5):973-981, 2008.

Svoboda KKH, Fishman DA, Gordon MA. The embryonic chick corneal epithelium: a model system for exploring cell–matrix interactions. Developmental Dynamics 237(10): 2667-2675, 2008.

Svoboda KKH, Gordon MA. A tribute to Elizabeth D. Hay 1927-2007, Developmental Dynamics 237(10): 2605-2606, 2008. 

Yu W, Svoboda KKH. The role of twist during palate development.  Developmental Dynamics 237(10): 2716-2725, 2008.

Other News

Dr. Kathy Svoboda attended a meeting at the National Institutes of Health in September 2008 on “Frontiers in cell migration from mechanism to disease.”

General Dentistry


ADADr. Charles Wakefield was an invited speaker at the American Dental Association’s 2008 annual meeting in San Antonio Oct. 15-19. He provided two continuing education courses, titled “Anterior direct custom composite restorations” and “Posterior direct custom composite restorations.”


Pirmoradi P, Roshan S, Nadeem SS. Neuropsychiatric disturbance after initiation of varenicline in a patient with a history of alcohol abuse and major depression: a case report. Am J Health Syst Pharm 65(17):1624-1626, 2008.

Other News

Cadent iTero, an optic dental impression system offered in the Advanced Technology Clinic, now has added full arch capability. This and other technology is available for D4 students in the ATC rotation.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


Dr. Roger Alexander was an invited speaker at the American Dental Association’s 2008 annual meeting in San Antonio Oct. 15-19. He provided three continuing education courses, titled “Slaying that darned surgical myths dragon: persistent, recurring, unproven surgical myths,” “The pen(icillin) isn’t always mightier than the sword! Managing odontogenic infections” and “The use and abuse of prophylactic antibiotics in medicine and dentistry bugs me!”



D3 student Sarah Parker presented a research poster at the American Dental Association’s 2008 annual meeting in San Antonio Oct. 15-19. Her presentation, titled “Is there a relationship between dental occlusion and masticatory function?” was an entry in the ADA’s student clinician research competition.

Public Health Sciences


Dr. K. Rankin presented a continuing education course Oct. 28 for the Dallas County Dental Society titled “News and review: medications for tobacco cessation.”

Other News

Rankin received a $202,541 grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas in support of the Dental Oncology Education Program. The grant runs from Sept. 1, 2008 to Aug. 31, 2009.

The public health sciences department participated in the following health fairs throughout the community:


4 Arlington Fall Festival; Filipino American Alliance Church Health Fair
11 New General Consulate of Mexico
25 Cathedral of Hope Health Fair
25 Hamilton Park United Methodist Church Health Fair

Restorative Sciences


Dr. Linda Niessen was an invited speaker at the American Dental Association’s 2008 annual meeting in San Antonio Oct. 15-19. She provided two continuing education courses, titled “Will you still need me, will you still treat me, when I’m 64?” and “Oral health for a lifetime: the oral-systemic link.”

Dr. John Ball also was an invited speaker at the ADA’s 2008 annual meeting. He was one of four military speakers that presented a continuing education course titled “Dental careers in the federal services: options for new graduates and experienced practitioners.”

Cobb joins Zigler teamDr. Stan Cobb joined the Zig Ziglar team for its “Becoming a 24-hour champion” seminar Oct. 9-11 in Addison, Texas. Cobb was a member of the team that taught leadership and personal development and motivation. He gave an inspirational talk on “developing a moral compass” and led a case studies workshop.

Cobb spoke at a leadership conference of English-speaking Vietnamese lay leaders Oct. 3 in Fort Worth, Texas. The conference was created by HSC-BCD graduate Dr. Chris Truong after he and Cobb traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam, in 2001 and 2002 to teach at a dental school. Cobb says Truong wanted to create a seminary for Vietnamese pastors in North America after his experience in Vietnam. His dream came to fruition and today it provides motivational leadership training for those individuals.

Cobb, the Dallas director of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, spoke Oct. 10 at a joint meeting of Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International and the Christian Medical and Dental Associations in Amarillo, Texas.