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Research Days Feature Dr. William Maxiner and 31 Prize-Winning Students

NYUCD's Annual Student Research Days, held on April 18 and 19, 2013, showcased outstanding work by NYUCD students in the clinical, basic, and behavioral sciences. One hundred and fifty-two students presented research posters, 31 of whom were recognized for exemplary presentations. The two-day event also honored Dr. William Maxiner, Mary Lily Kenan Flagler Bingham Distinguished Professor, director of the Center for Neurosensory Disorders, and professor of endodontics and pharmacology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. Dr. Maxiner spoke about "Unraveling Complex Persistent Pain Conditions with Genetic and Phenotypic Biomarkers – Implications for Translational Pain Medicine." In recognition of his participation and lifelong scientific contributions, Vice Dean for Research Louis Terracio presented Dr. Maxiner with the 2013 Distinguished Scientist Award.

"Engaging students in research early in their dental education experience fundamentally changes their thinking," said Vice Dean Terracio. "The students' achievements and their collaborations with faculty mentors are a testament to NYUCD's commitment to research as an integral part of dental education, and, subsequently, improved patient care."




NYUCD congratulates all of the student awardees, whose names, presentations, and mentors are listed below:

Dean's Award for Outstanding Presentation
Dr. Benjamin Trinité, associate research scientist, Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology
Expression and Replication of Unintegrated HIV-1 in Resting CD4 T Cells
Mentor: Dr. David Levy

Outstanding Postdoctoral Presentation
Dr. Yi Ye, associate research scientist, Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology
ATP-Gated P2X2/3 Receptors Mediate Mechanical Allodynia in Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Mentor: Dr. Brian Schmidt

Honorable Mention, Postdoctoral Presentation
Dr. Zhou Chen, assistant research scientist, Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology
HAART May Reverse the Oral Microbial Alteration Associated with HIV Infection
Mentor: Dr. Yihong Li

Dean's Award, DDS Student
Ms. Laura Moon, '14
Involvement of the Anti-Aging Protein Klotho in Hematopoiesis
Mentor: Dr. Despina Sitara

Outstanding Presentation by a Resident in Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Katrina Liu, Dental PG Program in Pediatric Dentistry
Effect of Play Therapy on Behavior at First Dental Visit
Mentor: Dr. Yasmi Crystal

Best Presentation by a Resident in Oral Surgery
Dr. Mohamed R. Ilshahuome, Dental PG Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Keratocystic Odotogenic Tumor: Past, Present, and Future
Mentor: Dr. Robert Glickman

Outstanding Presentation by a Clinical Fellow
Dr. Asma Almaidhan, CTOR Fellow
Neural Crest-Specific Inactivation of LDB1 Causes Cleft Secondary Palate
Mentor: Dr. Juhee Jeong

Honorable Mention, CTOR Fellow
Dr. Bandar Alyami, Dental PG Program in Orthodontics, CTOR Fellow
Management of Severe Class II Deep-Bite in Hypo-Divergent Patient Case Report
Mentor: Dr. Cristina Teixeira

Outstanding Presentation by a Resident in Periodontology and Implant Dentistry
Dr. Margarida Sousa Menezes, Dental PG in Periodontics
Mid-Buccal Tissue Changes Following Immediate Implant Placement and Immediate Provisionalization: A Case Series
Mentor: Dr. Mitchell Bloom

Honorable Mention, Resident in Periodontology and Implant Dentistry
Dr. Ahmed Elkhaweldi, Dental PG Program in Periodontics
Clinical Significance of Keratinized Mucosa Around Implant Restorations: A Literature Review
Mentor: Dr. Steven Engebretson

Dr. Murtada Aldouki, Dental PG Program in Periodontics
New Surgical and Restorative Protocols to Regenerate Inter-implant Papilla
Mentor: Dr. Stuart Froum

Dr. Wei-Tse John Hong, Dental PG in Periodontics
Implant Placement in the Incisive Canal – CT-Scan Measurement
Mentor: Dr. Steven St. James

Dr. Maree Shabeesh, Dental PG in Periodontics
Surgical and Restorative Considerations for Implant Placement in Previously Failed Sites
Mentor: Dr. Maryse Manasse

Outstanding Presentation by a Resident in Prosthodontics
Dr. Cristina Isorna Suarez, Dental PG Programin Prosthodontics
The Effect of a Novel Implant Surface on Gene Expression
Mentor: Dr. Seiichi Yamano

Outstanding Presentation by a Resident in Orthodontics
Dr. Mohamed Karkuri, Dental PG Program in Orthodontics
Effect of Time and Initial Stress on Orthodontic External Root Resorption
Mentor: Dr. Rodrigo Viecilli

Dr. Bandar Alyami, Dental PG in Orthodontics, CTOR Fellow
Management of Severe Class II Deep-Bite in Hypo-Divergent Patient Case Report
Mentor: Dr. Mani Alikhani

Honorable Mention, Resident in Orthodontics
Dr. Luz Maria Barrera Alviar, Dental PG Programin Orthodontics
How Does High Frequency Acceleration Move Teeth Faster?
Mentor: Dr. Mani Alikhani

Honorable Mention, AADR Membership
Ms. Sheen Sikka, NYU College of Arts and Sciences, '13
Treatment of Depression in HIV+ Individuals Using Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Malamud

Outstanding Master's Presentation
Hellen Soares Teixeira Gonzalez, MS Student in Biomaterials
Physicochemical Assessment of Enamel Following APP Treatment
Mentor: Dr. Van P. Thompson

Best Master's Presentation
Ms. Meng Lin, MS, Oral Biology/GSAS
Curcumin Photodynamic Antimicrobial Chemotherapy on Streptococcus Mutans Biofilm
Mentor: Dr. Simone Duarte

Dean's Award, DDS Research and Dentsply Award
Mr. Sean Seung Yoon, '15
Effect of Microperforations on the Rate of Tooth Movement in Humans
Mentor: Dr. Mani Alikhani

Best Basic Science Presentation by a DDS Student
Ms. Laura Moon, '14
Involvement of the Anti-Aging Protein Klotho in Hematopoiesis
Mentor: Dr. Despina Sitara

Best Clinical Science Presentation by a DDS Student
Mr. Sean Seung Yoon, '15
Effect of Microperforations on the Rate of Tooth Movement in Humans
Mentor: Dr. Mani Alikhani

Best Case Study Presentation
Ms. Chau Doan, '14
The Art of Making a Joint and Adaptive Remodeling
Mentor: Dr. Robert Glickman

Violight Jonathan A. Ship Award for Translational Research
Mr. Jeffrey Valenti, '14
Effects of Naproxen on Spontaneous (Non-Evoked) Behavioral Orofacial Pain Responses
Mentor: Dr. Marcela Romero-Reyes

Racquel Z. LeGeros Biomaterial Research Award
Ms. Hang Hannah Gao, '14
Protective Effects of Calcium Toothpaste on Enamel Against Acidic Beverages
Mentor: Dr. Mark S. Wolff

Student Research Group Award
Ms. Aarti Patel, '16
Mechanical Properties of Calcium Phosphate Scaffolds for Bone Repair
Mentor: Dr. John Ricci

Honorable Mention, DDS Research Presentation
Mr. Lee C. Kojanis, '14
Effectiveness of a Tutorial on Domestic Violence Awareness for Dental Professionals
Mentor: Dr. Maureen McAndrew

Ms. Pooja Madan, '14
Developing an Electronic Atlas
Mentor: Dr. Joan Phelan

Ms. Shlomit Schwalb, '15
A Retrospective Study for Osteonecrosis of the Jaw Unrelated to Antiresorptive Therapy
Mentor: Dr. Kenneth Fleisher

Mr. Nathan Cain, '14
A Perspective on Academic Integrity in Dental Education: 1915 to 2012
Mentor: Dr. Andrew Spielman

OKU, Dr. Michael C. Alfano Award for Excellence in Research
Ms. Lorel Burns, '15
CGRP Release from Human Tooth Slices
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Gibbs

Outstanding Presentation by a Dental Hygiene Group
Ms. Christina Silverman, '13 and Ms. Frederica Raizberg, '13
Surgical Weight Loss: What Else Are You Losing?
Mentor: Ms. Winnie Furnari

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