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Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series

The Office of Research encourages all college departments to participate in the monthly Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series, providing up to $2,000 in funding to assist with the speaker’s honorarium and travel expenses. For more information or to schedule a speaker, contact the UFCD Office of Research at 352-294-5440.

Requesting a Speaker

All UFCD Faculty, Students and Staff are eligible to nominate a speaker. Requests for speaker approval must be submitted to Denise Webb, Office of Research, with a letter addressing the required criteria below and including the following information and attachment(s):

  • The scientific expertise of the speaker and relevance to programs at the College of Dentistry
  • Proposed title for the seminar
  • Brief description of the topics to be covered
  • Brief description of the target audience
  • Proposed date for the seminar
  • A current CV for the speaker

The request is forwarded to the UFCD Research Committee for review and approval; although, approval may be granted by the Associate Dean for Research without review. No more than two speakers will be scheduled in a month or approved for a given faculty member sponsor in a one year period.

Selection Criteria

  • The speaker should be nationally or internationally recognized for their research achievements.
  • The speaker and topic should enhance the UFCD research mission and be of interest to a diverse audience. Interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary topics are strongly encouraged.
  • Overlap or redundancy with recent speakers supported by this mechanism will be considered in the evaluation of requests, as will the commitment of matching funds from centers or departments.

Continuing Education

As part of the UFCD mission of service to the dental community, Continuing Dental Education (CDE) credit may be offered at no charge, to both the speaker and the attendees of the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series. To comply with ADA CERP guidelines for issuing CDE credit, the approved speakers must supply the following information in addition to the items identified in the previous section:

  • Seminar Description (2-3 paragraphs)
  • Seminar Objectives (3-4 learning objectives)


Date Speaker, Topic & Sponsors
September 12, 2016 Dr. Jeffrey Nickel holds the Donald J Thompson Associate Professorship in the Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, UMKC School of Dentistry, as well as a joint appointment in the Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences. He is the Director of the Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. His research focus is basic and clinical research in the areas of neurophysiology and biomechanics of the craniofacial complex. Dr. Nickel has been funded by NIDCR since 2005, and serves as a reviewer for the NIH.  Seminar title: Mechanobehavior and TMJ tissue integrity
March 28, 2016 Dr. Carlo Ercoli, Professor, Specialist in Prosthodontics and Periodontics, Chairman and Program Director Prosthodontics Eastman Institute for Oral Health, University of Rochester.  “Occlusion and implant (Immediate) loading: From biology to clinic…
January 21, 2016 Dr. Norman Tinanoff, Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Maryland, School of Dentistry. “The evidence base for preventing early childhood caries: implications for children and adults.” Sponsor: Dr. Frank Catalanotto
 January 7, 2016 Dr. Lekan Ayo-Yusuf, PhD, Professor/School Director and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. Extraordinary Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. “Smokeless Tobacco: The African Perspective within the Context of Global Tobacco Control.”  UF College of DentistryOneFlorida Cancer Control Alliance Florida Minority Cancer Research and Training (MiCaRT) CenterClaude D. Pepper Center for Oral Health in Aging



Date Speaker, Topic & Sponsors
July 21, 2015 Dr. Jacques E. Nor, DDS, MS, Ph.D., Professor of Dentistry, Department of Cariology, Restorative sciences, and Endodontics from the University of Michigan.  “Head and neck cancer stem cells.”  Sponsor:  Dr. Roberta Pileggi
June 18, 2015 Dr. Cesar Augusto Migliorati DDS, MS, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Diagnostic Sciences and Oral Medicine from the University of Tennessee. “Osteonecrosis of the jaw: an update and clinical implications for interprofessional education.” Sponsor: Dr. Shannon Wallet
May 28, 2015 Dr. Alexandre R. Vieira, DDS, MS, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Research School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh. “The genetics of craniofacial anomalies.” Sponsor: Dr. Shannon Wallet


Date Speaker, Topic & Sponsors
July 17, 2014 Dr. Hien Chi Ngo, BDS, MDS, PhD Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Applied Oral Sciences,  Professor & Chair of the General Dental Practice Department, Director of Comprehensive Dental Care  at Kuwait University, Kuwait.  “Minimal Intervention Dentistry:  a patient-centered approach to  managing  caries.”  Sponsor:  Dr. Jean Francois Roulet
March 25    2014  Dr. Alireza Sadr DDS, PhD. Junior Associate Professor Cariology and Operative Dentistry,  Department of Oral Health Sciences, Tokyo Medical and Dental University. “OTC: A Unique  Technique  for Evaluation of Composite Restorations” Sponsor: Dr. Saulo Geraldeli


Date Speaker, Topic & Sponsors
December 3, 2013 Dr. Marie Helwig-Larsen, PhD, Assosicate Professor, Dickinson College. “The Role of Moralization in Smoking Cessation.” Sponsor: Dr. Heniretta LoganDr. Lasse A. Skoglund, DSci, DDS, Professor, Head, Section of Dental Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Oslo, Norway.  “Pre-and Post Opertive Treatment of Dental Surgical Patients:  A Partisan View”. Sponsor: Office of Research
May 13, 2013 Dr. Dong Wang, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of Nebraska Medical Center, “Nanomedicine: The balm of Gilead for inflammatory diseases” Sponsor: Dr. Kevin McHugh
March 8, 2013 Dr. İbrahim Alpdoğan Kantarci, DDS, PhD, CAGS, Associate Professor at Forsyth,  “Inflammation and hypoxia: how does it relate to periodontal disease?”  Sponsor:  Dr. Mary Ellen Davey
October 14, 2013 Dr. Lasse A. Skoglund, Specialist in Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine; Section of Dental Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy, ICD, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Oslo, Norway.  “Pre- and Post-Operative Treatment of Dental Surgical Patients: a Partisan View”.

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