Office of Research

2017 Early Winter Edition

UFCD Office of Research


Burne Honored at Distinction Event

Robert A. Burne, Ph.D., UF College of Dentistry associate dean for research, was among the distinguished UF Academic Health Center faculty honored at UF Health’s Celebrating Distinction event Oct. 26 at the McKnight Brain Institute.

During the annual event, UF Health President Dr. David Guzick honored all UF Academic Health Center faculty who have recently been appointed to endowed positions.

Burne, distinguished professor and chair of UFCD’s Department of Oral Biology, was installed as the Louis and Marge Atkins Endowed Professor on Oct. 26.

The gift was funded by the estate of Dr. Louis and Mrs. Marge Atkins to support a professorship in the UF College of Dentistry. Dr. Louis Atkins’ tireless commitment helped lead to the opening of UF’s College of Dentistry in 1972, and his love for the Gators brought him into leadership positions with the UF Health Science Center, the UF Foundation and Gator Boosters, among many other groups. He passed away in 1997. Marge Atkins relocated to Oak Hammock and remained active with UF until her death in 2016.

The primary interests in Burne’s laboratory are in the molecular mechanisms governing the ability of bacteria that are capable of causing diseases in humans to modulate their virulence in response to environmental influences.

Burne and UFCD colleague, Marcelle Nascimento, D.D.S., Ph.D., recently identified a new strain of bacteria in the mouth that may keep bad bacteria in check — and could lead to a way to prevent cavities using probiotics.

This year Burne was elected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as a member-at-large to the section on Dentistry and Oral Health Sciences. He is currently in the midst of a four-year term with the AAAS that runs February 2017 to February 2021.

Burne, who accepted the role of associate dean for research at UFCD in 2010 and was named distinguished professor in 2011, earned his undergraduate degree in microbiology from Pennsylvania State University in 1981, then went on to earn his doctorate in microbiology and immunology from the University of Rochester in 1987.


Atyeo attends prestigious conference for NIH, NIDCR at the Anthony Volpe Research Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Natalie Atyeo, a second year dental student attended this year's conference. The ADA Foundation hosts the Colgate Dental Students' Conference on Research (Colgate DSCR) at the ADA Foundation. 

The conference took place from October 1-3. The conference introduced dental students to industry and academic professionals as well as scientists from the VRC, the American Dental Association, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to raise their awareness of the wide-ranging careers available in oral health research. 

Atyeo valued the career advice she received from several DMD/PhDs that clarified the value of the dual degree and about future opportunities as a dentist/scientist.

Students attended guest lectures from leading scientists, toured top research centers, such as the NIH campus, and participated in poster presentations and discussions.





The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry hosted the Annual Hinman Student Research Symposium, co-sponsored by the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society and supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the ADEAGies Foundation, the Procter & Gamble Company, and the Tennessee Dental Association Foundation. The program consisted of scientific sessions with oral and poster presentations by dental students, a reception, a nationally-known speaker, exhibits, tours and awards.

The purpose of the symposium is to honor student efforts in dental research. Students met and exchanged information with other students from all parts of the nation and received recognition for their efforts in research.

Seung Jin (James) Jang and Geena Addison Valdes represented UF's College of Dentistry.  According to Jang, attending the symposium was not only intellectually satisfying, but the research by both DMD/PhD and DMD students was genuinely interesting. This experience also presented an opportunity to ask questions, engage in scientific discussions and network with dental students wanting to go into dental academia, as well. 

Valdes said she had an amazing time at the symposium and that it was inspirational to meet and connect with fellow dental student researchers. She added that, most importantly, all of the mentors gave great feedback on the students' projects and believes the feedback will be very valuable in preparing for the American Association for Dental Researchers event in spring 2018.


National Institutes of Health Rankings for UF College of Dentistry

The UF College of Dentistry ranks consistently in the top 10 dental schools, receiving research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Although the NIH's National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research is the primary source of UFCD's federal funding, the college also receives funding from multiple other NIH agencies. Our college and other institutions tracks NIH rankings via reporting from The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research (BRIMR).  Data reflected in the BRIMR award files was obtained from the NIH’s Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORT). Note: The NIH award funding for this data does not include individual sub-recipient agreements awarded as part of a larger consortium.


Progress in NIH Funding at UF Health

Of special note is the UF College of Medicine, which this year eclipsed $100 million in funding. The colleges of nursing, pharmacy, public health and health professions, and veterinary medicine have also all seen a significant upward trajectory and the College of Dentistry has maintained its top 10 ranking among U.S. dental schools over the entire period (currently ranked No. 7). 

Published: Oct 24, 2017     By: David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D.     Category: UF Health


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Open Mike

Posted on October 11, 2017 by Mike Lauer.  Dr. Michael Lauer as the Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH

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• Clarifying Percent Effort and Support for Career Development (K) Awardees

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UF Division of Sponsored Programs; Office of Research Annual Report

The UF Office of Research recently published the 2016 annual report. The research enterprise continues to grow as UF received over $700 million in sponsored awards in FY.