Winter 2016                                     Office of Research



Hinman Symposium         

October 2016                                                  Memphis, Tennessee

The Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting is an annual tradition, providing dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, laboratory technicians and dental office staff with the latest and most comprehensive continuing education in dentistry today. 

The meeting is sponsored by the Hinman Dental Society, a non-profit organization, and all excess revenue is invested and gifted in the form of scholarships to individuals and in grants to institutions that foster dental education. In the past 16 years, the society has provided nearly $8 million in total giving.

Natalie Ateyo (front left) and Laura Londoño (front right)

A Student's Perspective

by Natalie Ateyo

In October, I had the opportunity to attend the Hinman Student Research Symposium in Memphis, Tennessee, along with a fellow first year dental student, Laura Londoño. Both of us participated in the UFCD Summer Research Program prior to beginning dental school. During the 10-week session we were paired with mentors in the Department of Oral Biology to carry out a research project. For me, it was a fantastic experience working in Dr. Ed Chan's lab. The project was related to the innate immune response to periodontal infection; thus, how exciting and grateful I was to have the chance to present my results at the research conference. 

When we arrived in Memphis, we checked into the historic Peabody Hotel where the conference was held, and set up our scientific posters. What an opportunity, meeting with dental students from across the country, all in different stages of their dental education. The conference contained oral presentations by students and a poster session, where all of the students showcased their research projects. Some of the students have worked on these projects for years; their enthusiasm has encouraged me to get more involved in research at UFCD. 

Not only did the conference give me a chance to see the world of dental research, I also enjoyed exploring Memphis. During our free time, we walked along the Beale Street, saw the Mississippi River, got a taste of Tennessee barbecue, and even toured Graceland. The Hinman Symposium has been one of the most memorable areas of my dental school experience thus far, and I am thankful to my research mentors Dr. Chan, Dr. Lakshmyya Kesavalu, and the Office of Research for affording me this opportunity! 


The Student Clinician Research Program of the ADA is comprised of a select and elite group of dentists who participated in the Student Clinician Research Program at their individual schools and their country's national program.

The ADA hosts a SCADA program at each annual meeting as a popular feature of the scientific session. Students are selected to compete and present their work by their individual schools. Dentsply Sirona is proud to serve as the sponsor of this program by funding all program-related awards and expenses. They also sponsor an orientation seminar for student clinicians on the evening preceding the judging and host a reception and dinner to honor the participants on the evening of the judging.


This year, Yandy Gonzalez Marrero, a DMD student from the class of 2019 was selected to represent the University of Florida and compete to present to this prestigious program his research in localized aggressive periodontitis. 

Marrero was selected after winning first place in the oral presentation at UFCD's 2016 Spring Synergy, where he received the ADA/DENTSPLY award. This program motivates dental students to immerse themselves in research and learn how to find the best methods, tools and information to serve their patients after graduation.

"It’s a great honor to be involved with SCADA. I define research to be a pivotal part of the dental profession, this is why I feel very proud to be part of Dr. Luciana Shaddox's research lab," he said.

"This year's program allowed me the opportunity to present my research to an international panel of judges in a closed-door session, and posteriorly share my project in an open session with dentists and other dental students from across the United States. My project was well received from other researchers in the U.S. and around the world. Their feedback has been invaluable," Marrero said.

He added, "I’m very proud to be a dental student at UFCD; a forerunner in dental research!"


AADR Government Affairs Committee and FNIDCR Transition Team Meet with Congress

Photo from left: Dr. Isabel Garcia, Eduardo Sacasa,of Senator Rubio's staff and UFCD student KyuLim Lee meet on Capitol Hill.

In September, the AADR Government Affairs Committee and the Friends of NIDCR transition team conducted 20 meetings with members of Congress. During these meetings they urged Congress to approve a short term continuing resolution through December 9 and then when, returning after the election, to approve an omnibus appropriations bill that provides $34.1 billion for NIH and $430.5 million for NIDCR. They also articulated the devastating impact a six month or year-long CR will have on the biomedical research enterprise. Most importantly for UFCD is that KyuLim was supported by an IADR Gert Quigley Fellowship. 

Reports back from these meetings indicate members of Congress are generally supportive of funding for NIH.

Posted on September 30, 2016 by Carolyn Mullen


1st International Mini-symposium on Dental Biomaterials

by Dr. Jean-François Roulet

On November 18, 14 researchers, representative of seven universities from Brazil, Germany and the United States met in the Center for Dental Biomaterials to discuss future co-operation between the different laboratories.

The initiative was originated by Dr. Werner Geurtsen, a professor from the Medical University in Hannover, Germany. Dr. Jean-François Roulet, from the UF Center for Dental Biomaterials acted as the host and organized the meeting. Unfortunately, researchers from three German universities (Berlin, Kiel and Rostock) were not able to attend, but informed the group of their intent to participate in future co-operations.

During the one-day meeting, a few participants presented; basically, outlining the techniques used with equipment in the participating institutions. Note the following presentations:

• Dr. Werner Geutsen: Objectives of the International Center of Dental Biomaterials

• Dr. Robert Burne: The Oral Microbiome in Health and Disease

• Dr. Mario Sinhoreti: Research Potential of Pinacicaba Dental School

• Dr. Fernanda Panzeri de Souza:  Physical property alterations of dental materials.

In the afternoon the group was joined by the graduate orosthodontic residents. Dr. Geurtsen presented two lectures about his work during the last several years:

• Chemical-biological interactions of resinous biomaterials: Pathways for the investigation of long-term chronic effects due to low concentrations of released substances and

• Primary oral human stem cells: Characterization, properties, and genetic stability.

During the day there was ample time to interact with discussions regarding laboratories.Though some descriptions of the infrastructures of the different research laboratories had been circulated prior to the meeting, the participants decided to create a table with laboratory and equipment as determinates in order to faster identify a target for a cooperation. It was decided to start with a bilateral cooperation, which could expand into an international network.

To conclude, the mini-symposium participants decided to meet in March 2017 prior to the IADR meeting in San Francisco.