Dentistry is just the beginning
The mission of the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine is to provide outstanding programs in oral health education, patient care, research and scholarship, and service that are of value to our constituents. We accomplish this in an environment that fosters collegiality and professionalism that enables a diverse group of students to become competent practitioners of dentistry and contribute to the health and well-being of individuals and populations.
Professionals Day 2014 a Success
The School of Dental Medicine enjoyed an outstanding 34th Professionals Day on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014. There were excellent presentations from the platform, especially that of Anusuya Bharadwaj, from the DMD Class of 2016, who won the Dentsply International Award. The award includes an all-expenses paid trip to the national meeting of the American Dental Association, to be held in San Antonio Texas this fall, to present her research: “Assessing the Types and Accuracy of Dental Care Referrals by Primary Care Physicians.” In addition to this award, the judging committee, led by Dr. Madge Potts-Williams, was responsible for choosing a number of other award-winners.
The keynote speaker was CWRU's own preceptor and faculty member Dr. Jim Schneider, of the Department of Comprehensive Care, who is also a forensic odontologist who works in the offices of the Cuyahoga County Coroner. His presentation was entitled, “The Life and Times of a Forensic Odontologist.” This year's Professionals Day event was supported by some 25 vendors representing a variety of industries in dentistry and related entities. This was another stimulating Professionals Day dedicated to student achievements in their chosen Profession.
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Researchers Find Byproducts from Gum Disease Incite Deadly Oral Cancer Growth
CWRU School of Dental Medicine researchers have discovered how byproducts from two bacteria prevalent in gum disease incite the growth of deadly Kaposi’s sarcoma-related (KS) lesions and tumors in the mouth. The discovery could lead to early saliva testing for the bacteria, which, if found, could be treated and monitored for signs of cancer before it develops into a malignancy. Lead investigator Fengchun Ye said that high levels of these bacteria are found in the saliva of people with periodontal disease, and at lower levels in those with good oral health--further evidence of the link between oral and overall physical health. “The most important thing to come out of this study is that we believe periodontal disease is a risk factor for Kaposi sarcoma tumor in HIV patients,” Ye said. With that knowledge, Ye said those with HIV must be informed about the importance of good oral health and the possible consequences of overlooking that area. The research was supported by a career development grant at Center for AIDS Research at Case Western Reserve University, and a National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research grant.
Contributing to the study were Case Western Reserve University researchers Abdel-Malek Shahir and Nabil Bissada from the Department of Periodontics; Xiaolan Yu, Jingfeng Sha, Zhimin Feng, Betty Eapen, Stanley Nithianantham, and Aaron Weinberg from the Department of Biological Sciences; and Biswajit Das and Jonathan Karn, from the Department of Molecular Biology & Microbiology at the School of Medicine.
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Dean Jerold S. Goldberg Receives Achievement Award
Dean Goldberg has been awarded the Ohio Dental Association (ODA) Achievement Award. Goldberg received the award at the Callahan Celebration of Excellence in conjunction with the ODA Annual Session in September. He received the award for his contributions to the school, including development of innovative dental education programs. “Dean Goldberg has been a real difference maker at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. He has consistently supported innovative changes for both the University and the School of Dental Medicine,” said Ronald Occhionero, associate dean of administration at the school. “Additionally, he has been an active force in dentistry and for ODA initiatives and is well-deserving of the 2013 Achievement Award of the Ohio Dental Association for his many accomplishments.”
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School of Dental Medicine Receives Grant from Cleveland Foundation
Community dentistry--especially reducing disparities in oral health care for minorities and the underserved--has long been a hallmark of Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. That vital mission just received a boost from the Cleveland Foundation, whose board of directors approved a $200,000 grant to update and increase the functional capacity of the school’s community dental health care center. Specifically, the grant will help improve the 45-year-old health center with modern technology, teaching, and clinical techniques.
“We are grateful and appreciative of the Cleveland Foundation’s gift,” said Dean Jerold Goldberg. “Enhancing our facilities allows us to provide patients with excellent and compassionate care in a setting that reflects the quality of the School of Dental Medicine’s best practices, educational programs and research.” The center is the largest oral health safety-net provider in Northeast Ohio, with 85,000 patient visits and an estimated $5.2 million in care provided in 2012. Each year, the dental school offers free checkups to more than 10,000 of Cleveland’s most vulnerable residents through its outreach program. Free dental clinics offered once a year have drawn as many as 400 to 500 patients in one day.
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