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Periodontitis (Gum Disease): Links to Diabetes and Other Systemic Diseases

ANANDA DASANAYAKE, BDS, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Promotion

EXPERTISE:
Links between periodontal (gum) disease and preterm low birth-weight babies, and periodontal disease and gestational diabetes.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Director of the NYU MS and Certificate Programs in Clinical Research; a principal in the NYU Oral Epidemiology Training Program funded by NIH, which aims to develop and train oral epidemiologists at NYU in collaboration with Yale University and Columbia University.

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PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS:
"Periodontal Pathogens and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus." Journal of Dental Research (2008).

"Maternal Periodontal Disease, Pregnancy, and Neonatal Outcomes." American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing (2008).

"Periodontal Disease, Inflammatory Mediators, and Prematurity." Journal of Dental Research (2006).

"Periodontal, Cervical and Vaginal Microbiota in Pregnancy." Journal of Dental Research (2006).


RON G. CRAIG, DMD, PhD
Associate Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology

EXPERTISE:
Links between periodontal (gum) disease and diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Member, NYU PEARL (Practitioners Engaged in Applied Research and Learning) Network Management Team. The Management Team oversees a $26.7 million award from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), awarded to the NYU College of Dentistry in 2005 to establish a regional practice-based, clinical research network.

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PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS:
"Endotoxin Levels Are Associated with HDL, Triglycerides and Troponin in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome and Angina: Possible Contributions from Periodontal Sources." Journal of Periodontology (2008).

"Periodontal Disease, Low Serum Albumin, and End-Stage Kidney Disease." Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (2007).

"Periodontal Diseases: A Modifiable Source of Systemic Inflammation in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients?" Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation (2007).

"Systemic Effects of Destructive Periodontal Disease." Global Health Nexus (2003).


ANGELA R. KAMER, DMD, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology

EXPERTISE:
Establishing a link between Alzheimer’s disease and periodontal (gum) disease.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Associate Editor, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease; paper presented at the 2008 Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference on Alzheimer’s disease, “Periodontal Bacterial Antibodies May Help Discriminate Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Normal Patients – A Pilot Study.”

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PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS:
“Inflammation and Alzheimer's Disease: Possible Role of Periodontal Diseases.” Alzheimer’s & Dementia (2008).

“Alzheimer’s Disease and Peripheral Infections: The Possible Contribution from Periodontal Infections, Model and Hypothesis.” Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (2008).