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Philips Institute investigator wins Presidential Research Quest Fund award

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Yue Sun, Ph.D.

Yue Sun, Ph.D., a principal investigator at the Philips Institute for Oral Health Research, has been named a 2019 VCU Presidential Research Quest Fund awardee for his phosphoinositide research.

“This year’s diverse group of 18 faculty represent every VCU academic unit and include assistant, associate and full professors,” says P. Srirama Rao, Ph.D., VCU vice president for research and innovation. “The fund supports faculty research projects across the university and its institutions that specifically align with the goals and key strategies presented in VCU’s Quest 2025: Together We Transform strategic plan. The total amount awarded from the fund of $500,000 will be matched, 60 to 40, by faculty departments and schools.”

Projects range from testing new theories and interventions addressing critical health problems such as breast cancer, leukemia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as societal issues including suicide prevention, housing stability and internet security, Rao explains.

The research interests of the Sun Lab are abnormal signaling transduction in cancer development and targeted therapies to treat cancer as well as the role of phosphoinositide signaling and receptor tyrosine kinases signaling in oral cancer.

A decade of tracking previous awardees, Rao says, shows that they are likely to reach new levels of success. Past awards have collectively generated nearly $50,000,000 in outside funding, a return on investment of nearly 7 to 1. This is in addition to more than 200 published works and a dozen patent applications. “Supporting early-stage projects with great promise is just one tangible way by which VCU promotes a vibrant and diverse research environment.”

About the School

Founded in 1893, the VCU School of Dentistry educates practitioners to meet the oral health care needs of the communities they serve. The school provides opportunities for selected qualified individuals to study dentistry, advanced dental specialties, and dental hygiene in accordance with the standards established by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Consistent with the mission of Virginia Commonwealth University, the School of Dentistry’s programs are guided by the education of highly qualified dental professionals, research that advances the understanding of oral health, disease and effective treatment, service to the community and improved oral and health general health of our patients and the general population.

To learn more, please visit dentistry.vcu.edu.

Brickhouse named interim chair

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Tegwyn H. Brickhouse, D.D.S., Ph.D.

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Research and policy strengths help eliminate barriers to oral health for the most vulnerable

RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 7, 2017 – Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry Dean and Associate Vice President for Health Sciences, David C. Sarrett, D.M.D., M.S., has named Tegwyn H. Brickhouse, D.D.S., Ph.D., interim chair of the Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach.

A member of the school’s faculty since 2003, Brickhouse is the Director of the Oral Health Services Research Core, part of the Philips Institute for Oral Health. She also leads the Oral Health in Childhood and Adolescence Core that is part of the university’s interdisciplinary iCubed initiative. This Core works to improve oral health in childhood and adolescence by identifying and eliminating barriers to the prevention and treatment of tooth decay in the Richmond area.

As interim Chair of the Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach, Brickhouse leads research, policy, and health provider training efforts to improve oral health outcomes, to improve equity in patient care, and to align the dental profession with U.S. health care advancements.

She earned her dental degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry and her pediatric dentistry specialty training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and completed a Dental Public Health residency at the North Carolina Oral Health Section in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Brickhouse specializes in research related to oral health disparities in vulnerable populations. Her most recent work examines the impact of Medicaid’s dental program reform on provider participation and behavior in addition to children’s utilization and cost. She has been awarded numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health and over $3.2 million dollars in Health Resources and Services Administration training grants which support the development of interprofessional and social behavioral curriculum for dental students and residents. Her research explores oral health disparities in vulnerable communities and bridging new partnerships to improve access to care.

Brickhouse applies a wealth of academic, clinical, research, and policy experience in pediatric dentistry and population oral health to her work at the VCU School of Dentistry. She also serves as children’s oral health policy expert at the community, state, and national levels.


About VCU and VCU Health

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 225 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Seventy-nine of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. The VCU Health brand represents the health sciences schools of VCU, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center and Level I trauma center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, MCV Physicians and Virginia Premier Health Plan. For more, please visit www.vcu.edu and vcuhealth.org. For more about the VCU School of Dentistry, please visit www.dentistry.vcu.edu.



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Tegwyn H. Brickhouse, D.D.S., Ph.D.

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