Dr. Alice M. Horowitz recently visited the College of Dentistry and spoke
to faculty and students about "The Gap Between What We Know and What We
Do: Oral Cancer." Dr. Horowitz is senior scientist, Office of the Director,
at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).
Her visit was sponsored by the NYU Minority Oral Health Research Center
(MOHRC). Dr. Horowitz noted that less than 7 percent of U.S. adults have
an oral cancer exam annually. But perhaps the biggest surprise was the
finding that ENT specialists were significantly more likely than dentists
to diagnose oral cancer. The NIDCR is currently working with the American
Cancer Society on a campaign to educate the public about the importance
of having an oral cancer exam and what specific things to expect during
Earlier in the year
Dr. Norman S. Braveman, assistant director of the NIDCR, had visited the
College as a guest of the MOHRC. His talk, entitled "The Jawbone is Connected
to the Legbone," focused on the connection between oral and systemic health.
Dr. Braveman outlined numerous research opportunities available to NYUCD
staff and complimented the College on its fine work in the Minority Oral
Health Research Center.