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50th meeting of young scientific minds puts spotlight on dental research

May 19, 2014

By Jean Williams

Student researchers Sarah Baxter and Lindsey Fox discuss Sarah Baxter's poster presentation.
Meeting of the minds: Student researchers Sarah Baxter and Lindsey Fox discuss Ms. Baxter's poster presentation Metabolic and Markers of Caries in Saliva and Plaque of Toddlers at the 50th annual Dental Students' Conference on Research. Ms. Baxter is a dental student at University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

Gaithersburg, Md.—The 50th Annual Dental Students' Conference on Research attracted 39 dental students April 13-15 to the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center and the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.

Colgate-Palmolive Co. cosponsored the conference with the ADA Foundation. The three-day event opened with a welcome reception followed by a dinner where Dr. Volpe was guest speaker.

The students traveled from across the U.S. and Canada to hear from scientists and researchers from the VRC, the ADA, academia, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the oral health industry.

Among the prominent speakers who addressed the students were: Sheng Lin-Gibson, Ph.D., deputy chief, Biosystems and Biomaterials Division Leader, Biomaterials Group, Materials Measurement Laboratory, NIST; Dr. Amid Ismail, dean, Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry, Temple University; Dr. Mary P. Walker, associate dean for research and graduate programs, School of Dentistry, University of Missouri-Kansas City and an ADA Foundation board member at large; Dr. Teresa A. Dolan, vice president and chief clinical officer, DENTSPLY International; and ADA Executive Director Kathleen O'Loughlin.

ADA Foundation Executive Director Gene Wurth, ADA Foundation President David A. Whiston and Dr. Gary Schumacher, VRC co-director of administration, also were on hand to welcome the students and learn about their individual research projects.

Presenters from among the ADAF Volpe Research Center team included Wojtek Tutak, Ph.D.; Nancy Lin, Ph.D.; Daneli Lopez-Perez, Ph.D.; Diane Bienek, Ph.D.; and Dr. Jeffrey Kim, Ph.D.

Every dental school in the U.S. and Canada is invited annually to select a student representative to send to the Dental Students' Conference on Research. These students are either actively involved in a research project or have expressed interest in pursuing a career in research. Some participants presented results of completed research projects and engaged in a discussion of their research, presented as posters, at the conference.