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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 should be submitted to Denise Webb, Office of Research with a letter addressing each of 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 will be 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
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”.


Date Speaker, Topic & Sponsors
July 12, 2012 Dr. Zbys Fedorowicz, Professor and Head of Research, College of Medicine, AMA International University Bahrain,  “Evidence-Based Dentistry:  A Synthesis of Trials or Trail of Syntheses?”  Sponsor:  Dr. Marc Ottenga
May 7, 2012 Dr. Michel Koo,  Departments of Dentistry, Microbiology & Immunology and Oral Biology, University of Rochester Medical Center, “Bacterial Extracellular Matrix in Virulent Oral Biofilms”.  Sponsor:  Dr. Jeannine Brady
December 8, 2011 Dr. Vuk Uskokovic, Department of Bioenineering & Therapeutic Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, “Nanotechnology in Dental Science:  Biomimicry of Morphogenesis of the Tooth Enamel”.  Sponsor:  Dr. Saulo Geraldeli



Date Speaker, Topic & Sponsors
April 4, 2011 Dr. Mutlu Özcan, Head of Dental Materials Unit, Center for Dental and Oral Medicine, Clinic for Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics and Dental Materials Science, University of Zürich, Switzerland “Applied Dental Materials Research” Sponsor: Dr. Teresa A. Dolan
March 10, 2011 Dr. Paulo Francisco Cesar, Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Odontologia, Departamento de Materiais Dentários, Universitária Sao Paulo, SP – Brasil “Fatigue Behavior of Glass-ceramics, Glass-infiltrated Alumina, and Zirconia (Y-TZP) in Dental Appliances” Sponsors: Dr. Josephine Esquivel-Upshaw and Allyson Barrett
February 15, 2011 Dr. Gregg H. Gilbert, Professor and Chair, Dept. of General Dental Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL “Dental Practice-Based Research Network Collaborations: Focused on Staying in the ‘Win-Win’ Zone” Sponsor: Dr. Valeria V. Gordan
February 9, 2011 Dr. Richard E. Petty, Distinguished University Professor, Chair, Department of Psychology, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH “The Social Psychology of Influence: Processes Underlying Changes in Attitudes and Behavior” Sponsor: Dr. Henrietta Logan
January 20, 2011 Dr. Tomaž Kosmač, Engineering Ceramics Department, Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia “Effects of Dental Grinding and Sandblasting on Ageing and Fatigue Behavior of Dental Zirconia (3Y-TZP) Ceramics” Sponsor: Dr. Kenneth J. Anusavice
August 5, 2010 Dr. Marvin J. Fritzler, Professor of Medicine and Arthritis Society and Chair, Departments of Medicine and Medical Biochemistry University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada “The Use and Abuse of Autoantibody Testing in Clinical Medicine” Sponsor: Dr. Edward Chan
August 3, 2010 Dr. Markus B. Blatz, Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Chairman, Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, Robert Schattner Center, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA “Ceramics in Esthetic Dentistry” Sponsor: Dr. Valeria Gordan


Date Speaker, Topic & Sponsors
April 13, 2010 Dr. Hua Zhu (David) Ke, Scientific Executive Director, Bone and Mineral Metabolism, Amgen Inc. and Adjunct Professor, University of Utah, School of Medicine Salt Lake City UT “Inhibition of Sclerostin as an Anabolic Approach for Low Bone Mass and Bone Healing.” Sponsor: Dr. Shannon Holliday
April 8, 2010 Dr. Paul H. Krebsbach, Professor and Chair, Biologic & Materials Sciences, University of Michigan, School of Dentistry and Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, College of Engineering, Ann Arbor, MI Celebration of Science: Guest Speaker “Developments in Stem Cell Research: Progenitor Cells Inspire Tissue Regeneration.” Sponsor: Dr. Kenneth J. Anusavice
December 1, 2009 Dr. Jeffrey L. Ebersole, Director, Center for Oral Health Research and Associate Dean for Research, College of Dentistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kent. “A Baboon Model of Periodontitis and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes.” Sponsor: Dr. Kesavalu Lakshmyya
November 4, 2009 Dr. Susanne S. Scherrer, University of Geneva, School of Dental Medicine, Department of Prosthodontics-Biomaterials, Geneva, Switzerland, and Dr. Paulo Francisco Cesar, Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Odontologia, Departamento de Materiais Dentários, Universitária Sao Paulo, SP – Brazil “Session II – Dental ceramic restorations: Clinical failure analysis using descriptive fractography.” Sponsors: Dr. Kenneth J. Anusavice and Allyson Barrett
November 4, 2009 Dr. Susanne S. Scherrer, University of Geneva, School of Dental Medicine, Department of Prosthodontics-Biomaterials, Geneva, Switzerland, and Dr. Paulo Francisco Cesar, Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Odontologia, Departamento de Materiais Dentários, Universitária Sao Paulo, SP – Brazil “Session I – What Can We Learn from Clinically Failed Ceramic Restorations?” Sponsors: Dr. Kenneth J. Anusavice and Allyson Barrett
October 19, 2009 Dr. Tatiana Macfarlane, Senior Research Fellow, Division of Applied Medicine, School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom, “Alcohol-Related Cancers and Genetic Susceptibility in Europe (ARCAGE) Project: Investigating Risk Factors.” Sponsor: Dr. Roger Fillingim

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