Research in Focus
National and International Recognition for Four DDS Students

Clockwise, from left: You-Na Kim, Sae Hee Kim, Christy Chu, Lauren Mills.

Four DDS students recently received national and international recognition for their research and scholarship:

Ms. Christy Chu, '10, won an ADA/Dentsply Student Clinician Award for a study that found that the ratio of oral bacterial levels of Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sanguinis may be a meaningful indicator of caries risk in children. Ms. Chu also received a grant from the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) to present the study last July at the 2008 General Session of the International Association for Dental Research. Ms. Chu's mentor was Dr. Yihong Li, Associate Professor of Basic Science & Craniofacial Biology.

Ms. You-Na Kim, '10, received a grant from the AADR to present her study about premalignant oral cells at the IADR's 2008 General Session. Ms. Kim's finding that the naturally occurring compound curcumin inhibits the motility, or spontaneous movement, of premalignant cells suggests that chemopreventive regimens containing curcumin may play a role in controlling the progression of premalignant lesions. Ms. Kim's mentor was Dr. Peter Sacks, Professor of Basic Science & Craniofacial Biology.

Ms. Lauren Mills, '09, was the second-place winner in the predoctoral student poster competition held at the 2008 annual session of the American College of Prosthodontists. Ms. Mills presented a literature review on the successful use of four unsplinted implants retaining a maxillary complete overdenture prosthesis. Ms. Mills was mentored by Dr. Kenneth Kurtz, Clinical Associate Professor of Prosthodontics and Associate Director of the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics.

Dental Student's Research Shows Dentists Can Play a Powerful Role in Smoking Cessation

A study by NYU dental student Ms. Sae Hee Kim, '09, has found that 70 percent of a group of 87 adolescent smokers in New York City would be motivated to stop smoking on the advice of a dentist. The finding, presented at the 2008 IADR General Session, illustrates the important role that dentists can play in smoking cessation. Ms. Kim's mentors were Dr. Gustavo Cruz, Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Health Promotion, and Dr. Ross Kerr, Associate Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology & Medicine.