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Biomedical sciences


Dr. Larry Bellinger presented “Nicotine reduces body weight by decreasing food intake” at the International Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, July 24-29 in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Bellinger authored the presentation with Drs. Phillip Kramer and Paul J. Wellman, professor of psychology at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Kathy Svoboda gave an invited presentation titled “Second harmonic signal analysis of whole embryonic avian cornea” at the Microscopy and Microanalysis meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Aug. 5-9.

Dr. Jerry Feng participated in two Gordon Research Conferences at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.  He presented "DMP-1 regulates phosphate through FGF23" at the GRC on Bones and Teeth July 15-20.  He served as discussion leader for the Siblings/CCNS and Normal Physiology session during the GRC on Small Integrin-binding Proteins Aug. 5-10, where he presented "Rescue of the DMP-1 null mouse." 

Feng also participated in the Sun Valley Workshop on Skeletal Tissue Biology in Sun Valley, Idaho, Aug. 5-8 and gave a talk titled "DMP1 and Phosphate Regulation: Clues from Animal Studies."


Bellinger LL, Wellman PJ, Kramer PR. Nicotine reduces body weight by decreasing food intake. Appetite 49: 278, 2007.

Chang JYF, Wright JM, Svoboda KKH. Signal transduction pathways involved in epithelial-mesenchymal transition in oral cancer compared with other cancers. Cells Tissues Organs 185: 40-47, 2007. (cover story)

Kramer PR, Guan G, Wellman PJ, Bellinger LL. Nicotine’s attenuation of body weight involves the perifornical hypothalamus. Life Science 81: 500-508, 2007.

Other news

Dr. Bob Hutchins served as a member of the National Board Dental Examinations Part I anatomical test construction committee at the American Dental Association May 30-June 1.

Dr. Jayne Reuben was an organizer of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology/Minority Access to Research Careers Postdoctorate Preparation Institute at the 2007 Experimental Biology meeting April 28-May 2 in Washington, D.C.

Reuben began a three-year term July 1 as a member of the Committee for Career Development, Women and Minorities of the American Society for Investigative Pathology.

Dr. Bruno Ruest received a $10,000 grant from the Cleft Palate Foundation for his research titled “Early patterning genes of upper jaw development.” The grant is one of four given annually by the foundation, which awards one grant for each research area. Ruest received the Cleft Lip/Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies Grant sponsored by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Public Health Sciences


Dr. Eric Solomon presented “Predicting the future of dentistry: dental practice in the 21st century” Aug. 1 at the Charles R. Jerge Memorial Seminar, part of the Charles R. Jerge Dental Seminar in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Restorative Sciences


Dr. Ali Bolouri presented a four-day continuing education seminar titled “Complete denture fabrication for the edentulous patient: an over-the-shoulder clinical course” to dentists from Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona July 23-26 at HSC-BCD.