Three researchers from Japan, Jordan, and Brazil have been appointed as Visiting Scholars for 2009–2010 in the following areas:
Dr. Haruko Okazaki from Japan is working with Dr. Seiichi Yamano, an Assistant Professor of Prosthodontics, on the development of growth factors for bone regeneration in periodontology and implant dentistry. Dr. Okazaki earned a DDS degree from Nihon University School of Dentistry and plans to return to her private dental practice in Tokyo, which she opened in 1999.
BIOMATERIALS & BIOMIMETICS
Dr. Leandro Martins of Brazil is investigating the mechanical properties of ceramic materials used in
dental restorations in collaboration with Dr. Van Thompson, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomaterials & Biomimetics, and Dr. Nelson Silva, an Assistant Professor of Biomaterials & Biomimetics. Dr. Martins earned a DDS degree and an MS in Materials Science from Gama Filho University in Rio de Janeiro, and plans to return to the Bauru School of Dentistry—University of São Paulo, to complete a PhD in Oral Rehabilitation.
Dr. Enas Othman is studying oral health care for medically compromised and disabled children in collaboration with Dr. Amr Moursi, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, and Dr. Neal Herman, Clinical Professor of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Othman earned a DDS degree from the University of Jordan School of Dentistry in Amman, and completed a residency program in pediatric dentistry at the King Hussein Medical Center Royal Medical Services in Amman, where she also served as the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program Director. Dr. Othman plans to return to Jordan to resume teaching responsibilities at the King Hussein Medical Center.