2019 Winter Edition

Staff Updates



The UFCD Office of Research welcomes Ashley Carver to our grants management team.  As a Research Administrator I, she will assist UFCD faculty with proposal preparation and award administration.   Ashley has a degree in Human Development and Family Science from Colorado State University.  Prior to working in UFCD, Ashley was a research administrator for the Computer Information Sciences in the College of Engineering. 

Upcoming Deadlines and Events

NIH proposal submission deadlines can be found here.

Please keep in mind these upcoming UFCD internal deadlines:

                  New R01                                                                              February 3, 2020
                  New R21 and R03                                                               February 13, 2020
                  Renew, Resubmissions, Revisions R01                              March 3, 2020
                  Renew, Resubmissions, Revision R21 and R03                 March 12, 2020

Announcements and Funding Opportunities

Mike Lauer, in his NIH blog "Open Mike", discussed the benefits of Linking ORCID Identifiers to eRA Profiles. You can read this post and more on the NIH website, which can be found here.


The National Institutes of Health has developed the Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) course, a free online course which trains registrants on how to conduct clinical research effectively and safely. Graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, medical, dental, pharmacy, and nursing students and other health professionals are encouraged to enroll. For more information, look on the IPPCR website, found here.

New NIDCR Funding opportunities can be found here. 


Dental Clinical Research Unit (DCRU) News

This August Dr. Marcelle Nascimento, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., an associate professor in the UF Department of Restorative Dental Sciences was appointed as program director for the DCRU.  Dr. Nascimento, is responsible for the overall management of the DCRU and can assist with the development of clinical research protocols and Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications. In addition, she will ensure UFCD clinical research is compliant with UF and federal regulations for conducting human subject studies. 

Renita Jenkins was promoted to Clinical Research Manager for the DCRU and will also provide support for research protocols, clinical study proposals, IRB applications, study implementation and compliance.  Renita has worked within the DCRU since 2014, providing expertise and assisting with numerous clinical research studies.

Renita is replacing Janice Braddy who retired in November after thirty years of service to UFCD.  We appreciate Janice’s contributions to the success of the UFCD clinical enterprise.  She has been instrumental in creating the DCRU and facilitating clinical research for both students and faculty.


Ashley Carter has joined the DCRU as a clinical research assistant. Ashley previously worked in the Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence (PRICE) center as a research assistant for two years. Ashley is currently completing a masters in microbiology and hopes to attend dental school in the future.  Her scientific knowledge and clinical experience will be an asset to translational research studies. 


Student Research

The Hinman Student Research Symposium

The Hinman Student Research Symposium is a national meeting that features oral and poster presentations of research studies by dental students and graduate trainees from dental schools across North America. The program consists of a welcoming banquet with a nationally known speaker, scientific sessions with awards for the best presentations, and opportunities for getting acquainted and touring the host city. The Symposium is held at the historic Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis, Tennessee.

Second year dental student Carson Smith, mentored by Dr. Bernadett Papp and first year, Marissa Burkholder, mentored by Dr. Jose Lemos, attended the symposium, November 1-3, 2019, on behalf of the UF College of Dentistry. The goal of the Hinman Student Research Symposium is to help raise and maintain the quality of dental research and education in the U.S. by encouraging participation of dental students, graduate trainees, and dental school faculty in research to improve oral health care

The awards ceremony took place on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 in which, Carson Smith celebrated by taking the NSRG (National Student Research Group) President's Award for outstanding efforts in student research! Way to go, Carson!!


University of Florida Dental Student Wins NSRG Research Award

   The 25th annual Hinman Student Research Symposium was held Nov. 1-3, 2019, at the historic Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis, Tennessee.  The Symposium featured oral and poster presentations of research projects by dental students and graduate trainees from dental schools across North America.  At this year’s Symposium, 107 students represented 54 dental schools in 30 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 5 provinces of Canada.  The Symposium rewards and encourages student efforts in research and supports the research and educational programs of faculty research mentors and research administrators. 

     The 25th Symposium was sponsored by the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and co-sponsored by the Hinman Dental Society, which holds one of the nation’s largest continuing dental education meetings each March in Atlanta.  The Symposium was also supported in part by grants from the ADEAGies Foundation, the Procter & Gamble Company, the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry Alumni Association, and the Tennessee Dental Association Foundation.

     The Symposium was opened by Dean James C. Ragain, Jr., followed by Dr. Mustafa Dabbous, founder of the Symposium.  Dr. J. Sedgie Newsom, President of the Hinman Dental Society, welcomed the participants and presented an overview of the upcoming Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting to be held March 19-21, 2020.

     The keynote speaker at the Welcoming Banquet on Friday was Dr. Martha J. Somerman, Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).  Dr. Somerman spoke on the role of the NIDCR in conducting and promoting research as well as in collaborating with practicing dentists on interesting cases that often lead to new insights into human oral and systemic health.

         Ten awards were given for the most outstanding student presentations, five in clinical research and five in basic science research, in addition to an award from the National Students Research Group (NSRG) of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR).  Awards were presented by Dr. Newsom and by Dr. Jeffrey H. Brooks, Executive Associate Dean, on behalf of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry.

     This year, the NSRG award was won by second-year dental student Carson Smith of the University of Florida College of Dentistry. His project “Discovery of Gamma-Glutamyltransferase 6 as a Novel Notch Pathway Component” was directed by Dr. Bernadett Papp, Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral Biology.


IADR/AADR Board Meeting

 On December 9-11, DMD-PhD student Natalie Atyeo attended the IADR/AADR Board Meeting in Sonoma, California. As President-elect of the National Student Research Group (NSRG), Natalie sits on the board of the IADR/AADR as a student representative and voting member. During the meeting, Natalie was able to learn about the inner workings of the IADR/AADR and the various ways in which the organization benefits both student and faculty members. The board discussed plans for the IADR Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., which also serves as the centennial celebration for the organization.  Natalie’s term as NSRG President will begin at the Annual Meeting in March, 2020.



UF Student Research Group

Congratulations to the Student Research Group on another great semester! Make sure to check out their board on the 3rd floor of the dental building by the back elevators to look at their board and see more information about their accomplishments.  

Did you know that you can request a personalized search for funding? The UF Division of Research Program Development of the Office of Research provides a search service to help University of Florida faculty members identify external support for their specific research projects. For more information, visit the UF DRPD website.

For more information or to look at past newsletters,
visit our website: www.research.dental.ufl.edu