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March 2017 Newsletter

March 2017 Newsletter

Root canal awareness week

Root Canal Awareness Week is May 7-13 2017! Join the American Association of Endodontists as we advocate for the valuable role that endodontists play on the dental team. Root Canal Awareness Week:

  • SUPPORTS endodontists as root canal specialists
  • EDUCATES patients about the benefits of root canal treatment
  • DISPELS myths about root canal treatment
  • BUILDS relationships with other dental professionals
I hope you enjoy the attached video.  Please share with your patients and colleagues.
 
The Department of Endodontics at VCU School of Dentistry is always available for your patient needs.  Thank you.

Root canal awareness week was also picked up by Newsweek.  Here is the article:

http://www.newsweek.com/relax-root-canal-week-doesnt-mean-you-have-have-one-595737

Black and Gold and You

Daniel M. Laskin, D.D.S., M.S. is featured in the VCU Development and Alumni Relations December newsletter.

July 2016 Newsletter

July 2016 Newsletter

January 2016 Newsletter

January 2016 Newsletter

Incoming students

Congratulations on your upcoming matriculation into the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.

As you are making preparations to start dental school, there are a number of important items we would like for you to be aware of prior to your arrival on campus.  We have set up a web site for the incoming students within the School of Dentistry’s student and faculty intranet.  You will find required information on the student and faculty intranet that you will need to read prior to coming to school.

The student and faculty intranet is password protected.  When prompted, you will need to enter your VCU eID and password.  If you have not set up your eID and password to access your VCU email, go to the VCU eID finder web site, supply your V number and birthday and click “find”.  Set a password for your eID and set your security questions.

Access the student and faculty intranet »

Hope you have a wonderful and fun filled summer.  We are excitedly looking forward to you becoming a part of the long-standing history and tradition of excellent dental practitioners representing the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.

Welcome, Class of 2018!

 
The Department of Orthodontics welcomes it’s incoming residents:
 
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  • Heather B. Moylan, D.D.S. (’16 LSU)
  • Taylor R. Brown, D.D.S. (’16 Creighton)
  • David J. Cole, D.M.D. (’16 UPITT)
  • Steven C. Petritz, D.D.S. (’16 UCLA)

 
 

Our current resident class

First-year residents

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Laura Tolusso Garden

is originally from Roanoke, Virginia. She attended the University of Virginia for her undergraduate studies and then earned her D.D.S. from VCU School of Dentistry in 2012. She completed an AEGD at UNC Chapel Hill, practiced general dentistry in Midlothian, Virginia for three years and is thrilled to be returning to VCU. In her free time, you can find Laura somewhere near the river with her husband, Ben, and chocolate lab, Fisher, or out enjoying Richmond’s great restaurant scene. Ben and Laura are also preparing to welcome their first child this November.

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Megan Green

is from Atlanta, GA, and attended the University of Georgia for her undergraduate studies where she cheered for a year. She attended the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA for dental school. She loves watching Georgia football, and enjoys working out and cooking. As a new Richmond resident she is excited to enjoy all of the restaurants and culture this city has to offer.

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Richard Sedwick

A graduate of VCU School of Dentistry in 2011, Richard Sedwick has returned to VCU excited to further his career and education in Endodontics. He is originally from Harrisonburg, VA, and has recently been practicing and living in the Staunton area with his wife, Heather, and their three children: Charlotte, Elliott, and Vivian. When he’s not reading dental lit or playing with the kids, Richard enjoys playing and watching soccer, hiking, and eating popcorn while watching Netflix.

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Mei Tang

Mei Tang came to the US to pursue higher education. Originally from Macau, China, she graduated from University of California, Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Toxicology. She received her D.M.D. degree from University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and completed a general practice residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. She then interned at VCU Department of Endodontics before joining the endodontic residency program this summer. Her interests include baking, table tennis and argentine tango.

Second-year residents

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Dr. Cyrous Ardalan

Ardalan grew up in Winston Salem, North Carolina. He received his bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, then graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 2007. After dental school, he completed a GPR at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He then practiced dentistry in New Orleans, LA before coming to VCU for his endodontic training. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and playing the guitar.

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Dr. Riley Sturgill (husband Jeremiah)

Sturgill grew up in the small rural town of Piney Flats, Tenn. She graduated from King University in 2008, the same year she got married and moved with her husband, Jeremiah, to Arizona for both of them to attend the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Fast forward six years, and they are now in Richmond, Va. He practices orthodontics, and she specializes in endodontics at VCU. Sturgill loves nature, her pets (Keeper the golden retriever and Pogo the orange cat), and any sport, game or outdoor activity, making Richmond a great place for her and her family to live.

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Dr. Husain Karashi

Karashi is from Kuwait. He attended Creighton University for his undergraduate studies. Later he earned his D.D.S. from Creighton University School of Dentistry. He went back to Kuwait and practiced for two years before joining the endodontic residency program at VCU. In his free time he enjoys playing soccer, running, baking and hanging out with family and friends.

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Dr. Eshwar Arasu

Arasu is from Columbus, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he received his D.M.D. from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2015. He divides his time evenly between playing tennis, watching football, and eating at Chipotle.

September 2015 Newsletter

Department of Endodontics Newsletter: September 2015

Funding Opportunities

All NIDCR funding opportunities can be found at 

http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/NewsAndFeatures/ENewsletters/CurrentNews/

New Opportunities

NIDCR

NIDCR Small Grant Program for New Investigators (R03)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-348.html

16 Oct 2015, 16 Feb 2016

This NIDCR Small Grant Program for New Investigators supports basic and clinical research conducted by scientists who are in the early stages of establishing an independent research career in oral, dental, andcraniofacial research. This R03 grant mechanism supports pilot or feasibility studies and developmental research projects with the intention of obtaining sufficient preliminary data for a subsequent investigator-initiated Research Project Grant (R01) application. Clinical trials of any phase will not be supported by this FOA.

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

 John and Elizabeth Leonard Family Foundation Basic Cancer Research Fellowship

http://www.aacr.org/Funding/Pages/Funding-Detail.aspx?ItemID=6#.Ve7fHPlVhBd

10/7/2015

The Fellowship is open to postdoctoral and clinical research fellows working at an academic, medical, or research institution who have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency within the past three years at the start of the grant term. The research proposed for funding may be in any area of basic cancer research.

AACR Basic Cancer Research Fellowships

http://www.aacr.org/Funding/Pages/Funding-Detail.aspx?ItemID=8#.Ve7fg_lVhBd

10/7/2015

The fellowships support the Fellow working on a mentored basic cancer research project. Research projects may be in any area of basic cancer research. At the start of the grant term on July 1, 2016, applicants must have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency within the past three years and work under the auspices of a mentor at an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world.

AACR Anna D. Barker Fellowship in Basic Cancer Research

http://www.aacr.org/Funding/Pages/Funding-Detail.aspx?ItemID=5#.Ve7f8_lVhBd

10/7/2015

This fellowship provides funding to support the Fellow while working on a mentored basic cancer research project. The research proposed for funding may be in any area of basic cancer research.

NCI

NCI Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (NCI Omnibus R21)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-340.html

October 10, 2015

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21) funding opportunity supports the development of new research activities in all areas of cancer research. The R21 mechanism is intended toencourage exploratory and developmental research projects by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of these projects. These studies may involve considerable risk but may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or to the development of novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models, or applications that could have a major impact on a field of cancer research (biomedical, behavioral, or clinical).

AADR

 View All 2015 IADR/AADR Awards & Fellowships Deadlines

http://www.iadr.org/files/public/15Awards.pdf

American Cancer Society

http://www.cancer.org/research/applyforaresearchgrant/granttypes/postdoctoral-fellowships

 01 Apr 2015; 15 Oct 2015

 These training and career development awards support the training of cancer researchers at a variety of early career levels and disciplines. This award is to support the training of researchers to provide initial funding leading to an independent career in cancer research (including basic, preclinical, clinical, cancer control, psychosocial, behavioral, epidemiology, health services and health policy research).

American Academy of Otolaryngology

AHNS Pilot Grant

http://www.entnet.org/content/centralized-otolaryngology-research-efforts-core-grants-program#AHNS

15 Dec 2015; 15 Jan 2016

The purpose of this award is to support basic, translational, or clinical research projects in head and neck oncology. Clinical or translational research studies are strongly encouraged and should be specifically related to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, outcomes, or pathophysiology of head and neck neoplastic disease.

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

AACR NextGen Grants for Transformative Cancer Research

http://www.aacr.org/Funding/Pages/Funding-Detail.aspx?ItemID=48#.VbJpYflVhBd

These Grants represent a new AACR funding initiative to stimulate highly innovative research from young investigators. This grant mechanism is intended to promote and support creative, paradigm-shifting cancer research that, because of its very nature, may not otherwise be funded through existing channels. It is anticipated that the projects funded through this mechanism will have the potential to lead to major breakthroughs in the field. It is expected that these grants will catalyze significant scientific discoveries and help talented young investigators gain scientific independence.

The proposed research must represent a highly innovative approach to a major contemporary challenge in cancer research. The funded projects must have the potential to lead to groundbreaking discoveries in the field, and transform our understanding of the tumorigenesis process and/or our ability to treat, detect, or prevent cancer. The research can be in any area of basic, translational, or clinical science.

Letter of Intent 8/10/2015

Application 11/23/2015

Josiah Macy Jr Foundation

President’s Grants

http://www.macyfoundation.org/apply/presidents-grants

 OPEN CALL

 The Foundation strives to foster innovation in health professional education and to align the education of health professionals with contemporary health needs and a changing health care system. President’s grants usually align with the foundation’s priority areas.

– Interprofessional education and teamwork
– New curriculum content
– New models for clinical education
– Education for the care of underserved populations
– Career development in health professions education

NCI

Collaborative Research in Integrative Cancer Biology (U01)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-184.html

18 Jun 2015; 13 Nov 2015

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage new research into integrative cancer biology by fostering collaborations between investigators currently supported through the Integrative Cancer Biology Program (ICBP) and those currently unaffiliated with the ICBP. These collaborative projects should leverage the existing expertise and resources from within the ICBP research community and combine those with new approaches, technologies or methods to address compelling cancer questions. Therefore, the proposed research projects must involve partnerships between investigators currently supported by ICBP and investigators currently unaffiliated with the program. Applications that focus on projects which neither involve integrative cancer biology research, nor expand individual ICBP investigators’ research by adding additional expertise, resources, or approaches, or without affiliation to existing ICBP personnel, are not appropriate to this FOA.

NCI Small Grants Program for Cancer Research (NCI Omnibus R03)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-007.html

28 Oct 2015 26 Feb 2016 29 Jun 2016 28 Oct 2016

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA), issued by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports small research projects on cancer that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. The R03 grant mechanism supports different types of projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology.

NIDCR

Establishing Outcome Measures for Clinical Studies of Oral and Craniofacial Diseases and Conditions (R01)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-302.html

The goal of this funding opportunity announcement is to support the development of well-founded outcome measures, including establishing their reliability and validity, for clinical studies of those with oral and craniofacial diseases and conditions.

5th February, June October until September 2018

Establishing Outcome Measures for Clinical Studies of Oral and Craniofacial Diseases and Conditions (R21)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-298.html

The goal of this funding opportunity announcement is to support the development of well-founded outcome measures, including establishing their reliability and validity, for clinical studies of those with oral and craniofacial diseases and conditions.

16th March, June, October until 2018

Novel or Enhanced Dental Restorative Materials for Class V Lesions (R01)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DE-16-007.html

The intent of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to stimulate research on the development of novel or enhanced dental restorative materials for Class V lesions that demonstrate superiority in clinical service life over the currently used restorative options. The requirements of Class V restorative materials (those placed within the gingival third of the exposed tooth) are complex, due to the unique material characteristics required by the oral environment and the complications hindering dental treatment in this region.  For these reasons, this FOA encourages research that will produce fundamental improvements in Class V restorative dental materials

August 29th 2015

Immune System Plasticity in the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Complex Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Diseases (R21)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-193.html

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage research projects to elucidate the role of immune system plasticity in health and in the pathogenesis of dental, oral, and craniofacial diseases. The goal is to advance knowledge of the immunological basis of dental, oral, and craniofacial diseases, and to develop tools and technologies for precise modulation of the immune system to restore or maintain health. The expectation is that new knowledge derived from this research will facilitate development of novel immunomodulatory therapies to prevent disease onset or reverse disease progression.

16th March, June, October until 2018

Immune System Plasticity in the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Complex Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Diseases (R01)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-192.html

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage research projects to elucidate the role of immune system plasticity in health and in the pathogenesis of dental, oral, and craniofacial diseases. The goal is to advance knowledge of the immunological basis of dental, oral, and craniofacial diseases, and to develop tools and technologies for precise modulation of the immune system to restore or maintain health. The expectation is that new knowledge derived from this research will facilitate development of novel immunomodulatory therapies to prevent disease onset or reverse disease progression.

5th February, June October until February 2017

Short-term Mentored Career Enhancement Award in Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research for Mid-Career and Senior Investigators (K18)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-039.html

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications for short-term mentored career enhancement (K18) awards in dental, oral and craniofacial research with a focus on behavioral and social sciences, and genetic and genomic research. The intent of this K18 program is to provide mid-career or senior investigators with short-term training in the theories, tools, methods or approaches of another scientific area, in order to enhance their existing research program. Two categories of candidates are targeted: (a) established dental, oral, and craniofacial research investigators who seek training with investigators from another field, in order to enrich their existing dental, oral and craniofacial research program; and (b) established investigators in other fields who seek training with dental, oral and craniofacial research investigators in order to facilitate the introduction of dental, oral and craniofacial research into an existing research program.

12th February, June October until 2018

NIDCR Dentist Scientist Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-057.html

The purpose of the NIDCR Dentist Scientist Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) program is to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented independent dual degree dentist scientists and to provide NIDCR research support that will help these individuals launch competitive, independent research careers.  This program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding dual degree dentist scientists from mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions by providing support for two years of mentored training and three to five years of independent research.  The option for five years of independent (R00) support is available to accommodate clinical specialty training at no more than 25% effort.

12th February, June October until January 2017

Building Genetics and Genomic Knowledge about Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Diseases and Disorders (R01)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-347.html

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)is to encourage research into dental, oral, and craniofacial diseases and disorders for which there is evidence for genetic heritability but for which we do not have a strong understanding of the genetics/genomics of the disease or disorder. Applicable areas of investigation include identification of promising areas of the genome, and characterization and elucidation of the function(s) of genetic variants that affect disease risk in humans. The ultimate goal of these studies will be to drive development of effective diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive approaches.

5th February, June October until January 2018

NIDCR Small Research Grants for Oral Health Data Analysis and Statistical Methodology Development (R03)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-120.html

November 16 through September 8, 2015

The goal of this funding opportunity announcement is to support meritorious research projects that involve secondary data analyses of existing oral or craniofacial database resources, or to develop needed statistical methodology for analyzing oral and craniofacial data using existing oral or craniofacial databases.

NIDCR Clinical Trial or Biomarker Clinical Validation Study Cooperative Agreement (U01)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-059.html#sthash.3YiMmhZ1.dpuf

This FOA issued by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) will support investigator-initiated Phase I, II, III or IV clinical trials, stage 1-4 behavioral or social intervention trials, or biomarker validation studies that require prospective collection of clinical outcomes and clinical specimens through the cooperative agreement funding mechanism

Establishing Behavioral and Social Measures for Causal Pathway Research in Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Health (R21)

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-144.html

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to encourage the establishment of measures of specific behavioral or social phenomena that can be used to test causal hypotheses about behavioral and social contributors to dental, oral or craniofacial diseases. This announcement encourages the development and testing–or the adaptation and testing–of two types of measures: 1) measures of the health behaviors, social interactions, community characteristics, built environments, etc., targeted by behavioral or social interventions to improve oral health; and/or 2) measures of the hypothesized moderators and mediators of a behavioral or social intervention’s effect. Regardless of the type of measure being developed, applications should establish reliability and validity of the measure, and demonstrate acceptability of using the measure with the target population. Note that this announcement does not support the conduct of clinical trials, consistent with the NIDCR policy for acceptance, peer review, and funding of clinical trials

16th March, June, October until 2017

NIH

Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health

 http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/PA-files/PAR-13-055.html

October 5 through January 8, 2016

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages investigators to submit research grant applications that will identify, develop, evaluate and refine effective and efficient methods, systems, infrastructures, and strategies to disseminate and implement research-tested health behavior change interventions, evidence-based prevention, early detection, diagnostic, treatment and management, and qualityof life improvement services, and data monitoring and surveillance reporting tools into public health and clinical practice settings that focus on patient outcomes.

Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health

R21:http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-054.htmlR03:

R03: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-056.html

October 16 2015,January 8, 2016)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages investigators to submit research grant applications that will identify, develop, evaluate and refine effective and efficient methods, systems, infrastructures, and strategies to disseminate and implement research-tested health behavior change interventions, evidence-based prevention, early detection, diagnostic, treatment and management, and quality of life improvement services, and data monitoring and surveillance reporting tools into public health and clinical practice settings that focus on patient outcomes.

Sunstar Foundation for Oral Health Promotion

World Dental Hygienist Awards

http://www.sunstarawards.com/HowToEnterDentalHygienistAward.html

The Sunstar Foundation has established the World Dental Hygienist Awards to recognize dental hygienists who have made significant contributions to dentalhygiene science or to patients, the community and the generalpublic.

The World Dental Hygienist Awards are presented every three years to a person or group chosen by an independent Selection Committee.

Award categories and Selection Criteria:

  1. Research Category – The entry may include both quantitative and qualitative analyses that provide important new insights that contribute to the body of knowledge in dental hygiene. The winning entry in this category is chosen by the Selection Committee from unpublished, original research papers.
  2. Activity/Project Category – The entry should provide details of the activities that have made a key contribution to patients, the community or to the general public. The positive impact of the activities on the health of a significant number of individuals should be empirically demonstrated. This Award is open to individuals as well as groups of dental hygienists who have made notable accomplishments in any area of oral health promotion, including counseling,education, innovation, prevention and treatment. Measurable outcomes that demonstrate improved health must be provided.
  3. Student Research Category – The entry may include both quantitative and qualitative analyses that provide important new insights that contribute to the body of knowledge in dental hygiene. The winning entry in this category is chosen by the Selection Committee from unpublished, original research papers.
  4. Student Activity/Project Category – The entry should provide details of the activities that have made a key contribution to patients, the community or to the general public. The positive impact of the activities on the health of a significant number of individuals should be empirically demonstrated. This Award is open to individuals as well as groups of student dental hygienists who have made notable accomplishments in any area of oral health promotion, including counseling, education, innovation, prevention and treatment. Measurable outcomes that demonstrate improved health must be provided.

Open now until 31 Dec 2015
World Perio Research Award

http://www.sunstarawards.com/HowToEnterWorldPerio.html

The Sunstar Foundation is pleased to announce this call for research papers on “The Relationship between Periodontal Diseases and Systemic Health” in collaboration with four prestigious journals in the field ofperiodontal research: Journal of Periodontology, Journal of Clinical Periodontology, Journal of Periodontal Research, and Journal of Dental Research. These papers will be eligible to receive the Sunstar Foundation World Perio Research Award. In this way, the Foundation hopes to promote further research advances in oral health and systemic health. Research papers on basic science in periodontal disease including laboratory animal studies, epidemiology and pure technology innovation may be accepted. However research on commercially available products or on product concepts nearing launch will not be accepted for these awards. Further, no clinical trials of product testing are eligible.

 

 

 

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