Winter 2016                                                                                                             Office of Research

The UF College of Dentistry's Office of Research is ringing in the New Year with enthusiasm and vigor for a great 2016! Our faculty, students, researchers and staff are working collectively, to assist the Gator Nation by upholding UF Preeminence: "Taking what we’re good at and making it greattaking what we’re great at and making it world class.  By helping to transform the state’s flagship university into a truly global university, we’re showing the world that the Gator Good is the greater good." 

Have a successful and Gator Good New Year!


Dr. Fong Wong, Division of Prosthodontics Department of Restorative Dentistry, with a team of UF students and faculty, recently attended the Global Youth Innovation Festival at Peking University in Beijing, China.  The UF team competed with a project entitled “Mouth Guard for Self-Fitness Monitoring and Head, Heat, and Heart (H3) Related Injuries Prevention.”  The UF team competed with over 120 international teams; with 12 of the finalist from six countries. Dr. Wong and her UF teammates won the silver prize for their innovation.

Christina Graves, a NIH pre-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Oral Biology, attended the UF Center for Inflammation and Mucosal Immunology annual research retreat in November 2015. She won third place for her presentation, “Lack of TLR5-mediated Intestinal Epithelial Cell Homeostasis Induces Expansion of Pathogenic T Effectors in Type 1 Diabetes: Can Butyrate Come to the Rescue?”

Taylor Capasso attended the ADA annual conference in Washington, D.C., in November 2015.  Seventy student clinicians participated in this year's program, representing research conducted across 39 countries. Taylor tied for third place in the Dentsply competition and received a plaque and $500.

In November 2015, Eugene Rowell and Yandy Gonzalez were chosen out of several UF dental student applicants to attend the Hinman Student Research Symposium, a national meeting featuring oral and poster presentations of research studies by dental students and graduate trainees from dental schools across North America, and co-sponsored by the Hinman Dental Society and the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, with the support of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the Procter & Gamble Company, the ADEAGies Foundation and the Tennessee Dental Association Foundation.

Eugene’s  presentation was, "Defining Vitamin D’s Role in Type 1 Interferon Expression in Oral Keratinocytes" and Yandy’s was, "Local and Plasma Inflammatory Bio Markers in Localized Aggressive Periodontitis."


Vermilyea Receives ASM Award



Congratulations to Danielle Vermilyea, a UF College of Dentistry pre-doctoral student in the laboratory of Mary Ellen Davey, Ph.D., who was one of 22 students nationally to be awarded a Student Travel Grant from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). 

The award of $500 supported the cost of Vermilyea’s attendance at the 7th American Society for Microbiology Conference on Biofilms in Chicago, Illinois, in October 2015. During the conference she participated in a two-day poster session with her research project, Molecular Mechanisms Involved in L-Arginine Signaling in Porphyromonas gingivalis, in collaboration with Davey and Carla Cugini, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in Newark, New Jersey. The highly-competitive ASM Student Travel Grant Awards are awarded based on the scientific quality of the submitted abstract; only 25-30 percent of applicants receive an award. The mission for ASM conferences is to identify emerging or underrepresented topics of broad scientific significance; facilitate interactive exchange in meetings of 100 to 500 people; encourage student and postdoctoral participation; recruit new membership from disciplines not already involved in ASM; and to foster interdisciplinary and international exchange and collaboration with other scientific organizations.



Faculty Spotlight

    Valeria Gordan, D.D.S., M.S., Director of the South Atlantic Region of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network

The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network is a consortium of participating practices and dental organizations committed to advancing knowledge of dental practice and ways to improve it.  Essentially, it is "practical science" done about, in, and for the benefit of "real world" everyday clinical practice. The grant is funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).*

UF is one of six regions in the network and it provides the infrastructure for the South Atlantic (SA) Region which encompasses five states: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Dr. Gordan serves as the principal investigator for the SA region. She and her team at UF provide input into the development of protocols, implementation of the studies in the field, processing data from the offices, as well as publication and presentation of the research results.

As examples of the type of network research, there are two longitudinal studies currently on the field: a Cracked Tooth Registry, designed to capture data about cracked teeth before and after treatment and assess their outcome, and a Dentin Hypersensitivity Study, which evaluates treatment recommendations and results. The primary goal of the network is to improve oral health thus, the patients’ quality of life. The network has approximately 6,300 members nation-wide and about 1,300 of them are from the SA region.

In the network, Dr. Gordan acts as both the director of the SA Region and nationally as the director of Practitioner Education and Training for the entire Network. She has also been a member of the Publication and Presentation Committee for the network since its inception in 2004. Her collaboration in study development at UF has a wide range involving not only faculty in restorative dental sciences, but also in community dentistry and behavioral science, orthodontics, oral surgery, psychology, the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the College of Medicine.

Dr. Gordan has mentored and served as a consultant to universities in the US, Japan, Brazil, Chile, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and United Kingdom.  At UF she mentors four faculty in restorative dental sciences and, at the request of Dr. Martha Somerman, the NIDCR director, she led an international symposium to discuss the global impact of the national network. The successful symposium had participation of 20 countries. Another symposium is planned for March 2016 at the AADR meeting. 

Although she has been involved mainly in research for the past decade, her career has been highlighted by teaching awards including UF Teacher of the Year, Faculty of Honor in the Professionalism and Coating Ceremony, and The Dental Educator Award from the Florida Dental Association. Nationally she is a Fellow of the Leadership Institute at the American Dental Education Association and internationally, she will receive the Buonocore Memorial Lecture Award this February in Chicago from the Academy of Operative Dentistry in celebration of her career. She also maintains a busy faculty practice since she started her career at UFCD in 1997.

* Web Page. © 2016 The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network


 Upcoming Proposal Deadlines & Funding Opportunities

Listed below are links to upcoming grant application deadlines and sources for funding opportunities. 

• UF Office of Research Opportunities Manager Scroll down to the bottom of the page to browse by category groupings or you can use the “subscription” link at the top of the page to select specific categories of interest and frequency.

• Grants.gov Open Grant Opportunities                                                                                         Comprehensive listing for all federal opportunities.

• National Institutes of Health (NIH) Standard Due Dates for Competing Applications  General information, standard application due dates, and review & award cycles for NIH competing applications. 

For assistance with finding or external funding visit the funding resources webpage or contact Beverly Davies in the Office of Research.


2016 UFCD Spring Synergy
The college will hold its annual Spring Synergy on April 1, 2016. Spring Synergy is sponsored by the UFCD Office of Research, Continuing Education and the American Student Dental Association. This event promotes the college's many accomplishments, and provides a venue for interaction with the campus community, alumni and others in the dental profession.  All UFCD students, faculty and staff are invited to participate. Contact Denise Webb in the UFCD Office of Research for more information.  

2016 College of Medicine Celebration of Research
The UF College of Medicine will hold its annual research day on February 22, 2016.  All UFCD faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in the poster session.  Submission deadline is January 10, 2016. For more information:  College of Medicine 2016 Celebration of Research.


Center for Inflammation & Mucosal Immunology Retreat

Over 100 attendees enjoyed a full day of presentations and collaborative discussion at the UF Straughn Center in November 2015. It was a great success! Thanks to all University of Florida researchers who presented their work. 


Research Administrator's Day  

The College of Dentistry’s Office of Research celebrated National Research Administrator Day on September 25, 2015. In addition to our staff, former UFCD administrators joined us for a collegial lunch. 
Pictured from left to right are: Ronda Breton, Lori Wooten, MarQuelle Rawls, Janice Braddy, Christi Mason, Kathy Galloway, Selenia Rubio (Division of Sponsored Programs), Pat Chesborough (Public Health and Health Professions), Renita Jenkins and Kathy Jones (Health and Human Performance).   



The NIH recently announced that the agency expected proposal  submission to become more competitive and administrative reviews much tougher.    

From NIH’s Extramural Nexus: “ApplicationTips: What  Staff check after Submission that Systems Can’t.”

NIH Notice NOT-OD-16-004: : “Upcoming changes to Policies, Instructions and Forms for 2016 Grant  Applications.”

From the Chronicle of Higher Education:  “Grant Programs Get Persnickety.”.  

Also announced were changes to some of the current NIH post award forms and instructions including, but not limited to, the annual progress report, NRSA fellowship statement of appointment and termination notice, and the noncompeting continuation progress report. See NOT-OD-16-005 for more information.

Dr. David Norton, UF Vice President for Research, recently disseminated notification regarding the new federal Public Access Policy Requirement. This Executive Directive from the Office of Science and Technology mandates that results of federally-funded research be made freely available to the general public. 

Information regarding the policy can be found on the UF George A. Smathers Libraries website:  “Public Access Policies.”

For more information: Irene Cooke, Office of Research, (352) 294-1632 or Christine Fruin, Scholarly Communications Library, (352) 273-2710.

UF Division of Sponsored Programs: New Compliance Form, Effective November 2015

The UF Office of Research is implementing a form to help support the university’s compliance with federal regulations in conflict of interest and export control. The form is intended to collect critical information to allow the university to determine if there are risks included in performing the scope of work that require additional review by the Division of Research Compliance.  

This brief form will be required as part of the negotiation or set up of every new sponsored award or every change in scope on a sponsored award. The form is required for all sponsored projects including internal awards such as seed grants and opportunity funds. When a new award is received by UF, principle investigators will be contacted to submit the form prior to the release of the award.  Please contact the UF Office of Research, Division of Research Compliance at 294-1632 or  compliance@research.ufl.edu  if you have questions or need additional information.