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Dental students explore research career options at ADAF conference


Career options: Student Barbara Graham presented a poster at the conference.
Gaithersburg, Md.—The ADA Foundation's Paffenbarger Research Center hosted 48 dental students April 21-23 for the 49th Annual Dental Students' Conference on Research. Students from across the U.S. and Canada attend the conference each year to network with dental researchers and scientists and to learn about wide-ranging career options in oral health research. The students also participate in poster presentations.

"This conference is a terrific opportunity to introduce future oral health researchers to a full spectrum of scientific activities and career opportunities in oral health research," said ADA
Foundation President Dr. David Whiston. "The ADA Foundation strongly supports today's dental students as they pursue tomorrow's scientific explorations in oral health research for the benefit of the general public and future generations."

Scientists from the ADA, the ADAF Paffenbarger Research Center, National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and other oral health industry leaders were on hand to network with students. Most of the program took place at the ADA Foundation's Paffenbarger Research Center on the National Institute of Standards and Technology campus in Gaithersburg, Md. A second day of educational sessions and other activities took place at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

Conference speakers included Dr. Whiston; Dr. Gary E. Schumacher, PRC director of administration; and Gene Wurth, ADA Foundation executive director.

Other conference speakers included Anne Plant, Ph.D., chief, Biosystems and Biomaterials Division, Materials Measurement Laboratory, NIST; Sheng Lin-Gibson, Ph.D., deputy chief, Biosystems and Biomaterials Division Leader, Biomaterials Group, Materials Measurement Laboratory, NIST; Li Mao, M.D., associate dean of research, University of Maryland School of Dentistry; Dr. Paul Krebsbach, Ph.D., professor of dentistry and biomedical engineering, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and vice president and board member, American Association for Dental Research; Dr. Svetlana Farrell, Ph.D., section head, Clinical Research for Oral Care, Procter & Gamble; Dr. Michael L. Glick, dean, University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, and editor, The Journal of the American Dental Association; and Dr. Leo E. Rouse, dean, College of Dentistry, Howard University.

PRC presenters included Dr. Schumacher, Jerry Vogel, Ph.D.; Jyotsnendu Giri, Ph.D.; Wojtek Tutak, Ph.D.; and Burton Schmuck.