Department of Biomedical Sciences
Member of the GSBS Faculty
3302 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75246
Education and Post-Graduate Training
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Anatomy, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LA (1982-1983)
Ph.D., Department of Anatomical Sciences, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (1978-1983)
M.B.A., Department of Business, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL (1971-1972)
B.S., Department of Business, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL (1968-1971)
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry (1997-present)
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University System Baylor College of Dentistry (1996-1997)
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Baylor College of Dentistry (1991-1996)
Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, Baylor College of Dentistry (1985-1991)
Lecturer, Gross Anatomy for Occupational Therapists, Department of Anatomy, Tulane University (1980-1982)
Lecturer, Medical Histology, Department of Anatomy, Tulane University (1970-1981)
Teaching responsibilities include:
Gross Anatomy (Dental); Neuroscience (Dental), Course Director; Sensory Neurobiology and Pain (Graduate), Course Director; Functional Head and Neck Anatomy (Graduate); Integrated Biomedical Sciences (Dental Hygiene).
In general, this laboratory has been involved with basic somatosensory research and has focused on questions concerning pain and inflammation from the clinically significant temporomandibular joint. These questions concern the contribution of nociceptors to pain and inflammation, i.e., neurogenic pain and inflammation. In order to look at inflammation, we have been using complete Freund's adjuvant as an irritant within the rat TMJ, which results in acute and chronic inflammation. Using this model, we have been examining how the primary neuron responds during different inflammatory conditions. (Figure at right illustrates a CFA-inflamed TMJ; T= temporal bone, R = retrodiscal tissue, D = disk, and C= condyle).
This study includes three areas of the neuron, the peripheral terminals, the cell body, and the central terminals. One techniqiue that has been employed to look at these primary neurons is the superfusion technique, which is an in vitro method to analyze the release of pro-imflammatory peptides when stimulated by known irritants. Additionally, this laboratory has collaborated with others to examine the response of the TMJ to various inflammatory conditions, along with methods of rescuing the joint. These experiments are assessed by using a computerized non-invasive behavioral technique of quantifying food intake. Therefore, it is my goal to analyze and characterize the mechanisms of the primary nociceptor during varying conditions of pain and inflammation. (Figure at right shows the TMJ on x-ray film.)
As the Director of Predoctoral Basic Sciences, I have also been asked to explore ways in which the department can engage in educational research and can develop or bring to the classroom new and engaging methods for our students. I have started this effort with the design of a study on learning using interactive software. New methods being brought to the classroom include the use of Camtasia, Audacity, and Audience Response Systems, all of which are in varying stages of use this year. Technology workshops have also been developed and presented to Baylor's faculty.
Innovative learning has also resulted in the development and publication of an interactive color atlas of the human skull in 2007 (www.humanskullatlas.com). The development of this atlas is the culmination of nearly 10 years of work, beginning with the collection of high-resolution, digital images and ending with the assimilation of the software with the student-aided design. As an offshoot of this type of work, additional animated or e-learning modules have been developed in conjunction with some of my colleagues as an adjunct to our students' learning resources.
Basic Sciences Taught in North America: A Survey of Current Practices. American Dental Education Association, 2009-2010 (Co-PI)
Rapid Estrogen Modulation of VR1 Nociceptors. Baylor Oral Health Foundation, 2003-2004.
Hinton RJ, Hill G, Hutchins B. Movements of the mandible and the temporal mandibular joint. MedEdPortal; 2011. https://www.mededportal.org/publication/8464
Hutchins B. A self-testing guide to the bony features of the temporal bone. MedEdPORTAL, ADEA; 2010.
Hutchins B. Autonomic innervation to the head: Animations and a self-testing guide. MedEdPORTAL; 2009. Available from http://services.aamc.org/30/mededportal/servlet/s/segment/mededportal/?subid=1664.
Puri, J., Hutchins, B., Bellinger, L.L., Kramer, P.R. Estrogen and inflammation modulate estrogen receptor alpha expression in specific tissues of the temporomandibular joint. Reprod. Biol. Endocrinol., 7 (2009)155-163.
Hutchins, B. and Cobb, S. When will we be ready for academic integrity? J. Dent. Ed., 72 (2008) 359-363.
Hutchins, B. An Interactive Color Atlas of the Human Skull. V 1.0 & 1.2. McBetty Publishing Co., 2007 www.Humanskullatlas.com.
Bellinger, L.L., Spears, R., King, C., Dahm, F., Hutchins, B., Kerins, C., Kramer, P. Capsaicin sensitive neurons role in the inflamed TMJ acute nociceptive response of female and male rats. Physiol. Behav., 90 (2007) 782-789.
Hutchins, B. Academic landscapes: One futuristic perspective. J. Dent. Ed., 70 (2006) 1017-1018.
Kerins, C.A., Carlson, D.S., Hinton, R.J., Hutchins, B., Grogan, D.M., Karina Marr, K., Kramer, P.R., Spears, R.D., and Bellinger, L.L. Specificity of meal pattern analysis as an animal model of determining temporomandibular joint inflammation/pain. Int. J. Oral Maxillofac. Surg., 34 (2005) 425-431.
Spears, R., Dees, L.A., Sapozhnikov, M., Bellinger, L.L., and Hutchins B. Temporal changes of inflammatory peptide concentrations in an adjuvant-induced inflammatory TMJ model. J. Orofacial Pain, 19 (2005) 34-40.
Bhatka, R., Throckmorton, G.S., Wintergerst, A., Hutchins, B., and Buschang, P.H. Bolus size and unilateral chewing cycle kinematics. Arch. Oral Biol., 49 (2004) 559-566.
- Spears, R., Oakes, R., Moore, C., Bellinger, L.L., and Hutchins, B. A determination of tumor necrosis factor expression in TMJ inflammation using microarray analysis. J. Dent. Res., 82 (2003) 807-813.
- Kerins, C.A., Spears, R., Bellinger, L.L. and Hutchins, B. The prospective use of cox-2 inhibitors for the treatment of temporomandibular joint inflammatory disorders. Inter. J. Immunopath. Pharm., 16 (2003) 1-10.
- Hutchins B., Patel H., and Spears R. Attenuation of pro-inflammatory neuropeptide levels in an animal model of chronic TMJ inflammation using rofecoxib, a cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor. J. Orofacial Pain 16 (2002)312-316.
- Hutchins B., Spears R., Hinton R., and Harper, R.P. Calcitonin gene-related peptide and substance P levels in rat trigeminal ganglia and brainstem following adjuvant-induced TMJ inflammation. Arch. Oral Biol., 45 (2000) 335-345.
National Research Service Award, N.E.I. sponsored (1983-1985)
ADA National Board's Anatomic Sciences Test Construction Committee (2002-present)
ADEA/Colgate-Palmolive Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011
Baylor College of Dentistry Distinguished Teaching Award, 2011
Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) Site Visit Basic Science Consultant