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Visiting Brazilian Scholars Tackle Biomaterials and Oral Cancer Research Challenges


Dr. Rodolfo Bruniera Anchieta, Dr. Fernando Pozzi Semeghini Guastaldi, Dr. Lucas Silveira Machado. Seated: Dr. Daniel Galera Bernabe.




Four Brazilian scientists are conducting research at NYUCD as visiting scholars for the 2011–2012 academic year. All four come to NYUCD with grants from foundations associated with the Brazilian government that assist postdoctoral researchers and PhD candidates studying abroad.

Dr. Rodolfo Bruniera Anchieta, a PhD candidate in prosthodontics at São Paulo State University Araçatuba School of Dentistry, is conducting research on surface treatment, ossoeintegration, and biomechanics of dental implants, under the guidance of Dr. Paulo G. Coelho, assistant professor of biomaterials and biomimetics. Dr. Anchieta earned a DDS degree and an MS in prosthodontics from the Araçatuba School of Dentistry. Dr. Anchieta's research is supported by FAPESP, the São Paulo State Foundation for the Support of Research.

Dr. Lucas Silveira Machado, a PhD candidate in dentistry, and Dr. Fernando Pozzi Semeghini Guastaldi, a PhD candidate in oral and maxillofacial surgery, both at São Paulo State University Araçatuba School of Dentistry, are also being mentored by Dr. Coelho.

Dr. Machado is conducting research on surface treatment, osseointegration, and biomechanics of dental implants. He earned a DDS degree from the Ribeirão Pretro University School of Dentistry and an MS in dentistry from the Araçatuba School of Dentistry. Dr. Machado's research is also supported by FAPESP.

Dr. Guastaldi is conducting research on implant bone grafting materials. He earned a DDS degree from the Ribeirão Pretro University School of Dentistry and an MS in oral and maxillofacial surgery from the Araçatuba School of Dentistry. His research is supported by CAPES, the Foundation for Coordinating Improvement of Higher Level Personnel.

Dr. Daniel Galera Bernabe, a postdoctoral research fellow from the São Paulo State University Araçatuba School of Dentistry's Immunopharmacology and Oral Oncology Center Laboratory, is working in the laboratory of Dr. Brian Schmidt, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and director of the Bluestone Center for Clinical Research. Dr. Bernabe's research focuses on examining the relationship between oral cancer, anxiety, and pain. Dr. Bernabe earned a DDS degree and MS and PhD degrees in oral medicine from the Araçatuba School of Dentistry, and completed a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Clinics Hospital of São Paulo University. His work in Dr. Schmidt's laboratory was initially supported by FAPESP and is now being funded by NYUCD.