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   SIU SDM Research Handbook

The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Research Handbook is intended to assist faculty and students in their efforts to develop and manage their research projects. The handbook provides information about internal funding, external funding, research compliance protocols, and the ethical and responsible conduct of research.

To review the SIU SDM Research Handbook, please click here.

   SIU SDM Research Videos

The SIUE Research and Creative Activities group recently published a video highlighting the groundbreaking research of Drs. Kevin Rowland, Section Head of Physiology at SIU SDM, and Cyril Pandarakalam, Assistant Professor in the Section of Diagnostic Sciences at SIU SDM. The two esteemed faculty members at SIU SDM are studying the effects and safety of a newly formulated topical drug to alleviate oral pain in dental procedures.

Watch this exciting SIU SDM Research Video on YouTube now!

   SIU SDM Research News

SIU School of Dental Medicine to Receive $1.2 million Through NIH-funded National Study

Dr. Nathalia Garcia, periodontist from the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM), is a principal investigator for the project titled “Biomarkers of Periodontal Disease Progression.” It is a multi-center study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that will award more than $1.2 million to SIU SDM for its contribution to the overall research.

The SDM’s portion is part of a $20.7 million consortium project. The award’s prime recipient is the Forsyth Institute located in Cambridge, MA and associated with Harvard University’s School of Medicine. The study spans five different dental research centers. Along with SIU SDM and the Forsythe Institute, institutions include the University of Michigan, New York University and State University of New York. A total of 500 clinical subjects will take part in the study.

At SIU SDM, Garcia will be overseeing 60 patients and working with colleagues, including Dr. Douglas Miley, Director of the Graduate Periodontic Program; Dr. Debra Dixon, Associate Professor and Section Head of Diagnostic Sciences; and Dr. M. Jane Gillespie, Section Head of Microbiology and former Director of Research. Three dedicated dental hygienists and a molecular biologist will also participate.

The project will attempt to find shared biomarkers, or indicative characteristics, of the progression of periodontal disease in test subjects, exploring the disease from microbiological, genetic and immunological perspectives. As the study continues, these biomarkers, as well as microbial species found in the subjects, will be compared with measurements of the effects of dental therapy on these recorded characteristics.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, approximately 64.7 million Americans suffer from an advanced form of periodontal disease. Periodontology is the study in dentistry of the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of tissues of the teeth and gums. Dr. Garcia’s work could lead to new insights and advancements that would affect the long-term health of nearly half of adults in the U.S.

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   Research Day 2015

Year 2 Dental Student Casey Ritchhart Earns Top Award at SIU SDM Research Day

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The 2015 Student Table Clinic Competition at SIU SDM was held on Tuesday, April 6-7, 2015. The two-day event featured research presentations from more than 25 students. The overall winner of the competition was announced early in the afternoon of April 7, following a presentation by Dr. Ricardo Teles, Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Guest Speaker for the 2015 SIU SDM Research Day.

Year 2 Dental Student Casey Ritchhart earned the top prize and was named the overall winner of the 2015 SDM Student Table Clinic Competition. As the overall winner, Ritchhart will enjoy a recognition plaque and monetary award. Moreover, Ritchhart earned the opportunity to represent the SIU School of Dental Medicine at the 2015 American Dental Association / DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Program at the ADA Annual Session, which will be held in Washington, D.C. in November.

Ritchhart presented on the topic, “Reversal of drug-induced gingival overgrowth by UV-mediated apoptosis.” She was mentored in her research by Dr. Anita Joy, Section Head of Anatomy at SIU SDM.

Photo Captions: Ritchhart; Ritchhart with Dr. Joy; Student researchers at SIU SDM who presented at the 2015 SIU SDM Research Day

SIU SDM Research Day Features Guest Speaker, Dr. Ricardo Teles

The SIU School of Dental Medicine hosted our Annual Research Day on April 7, 2015. The School and the Office of Research were honored to host Dr. Ricardo Teles as the Guest Speaker at the event.

Dr. Ricardo Teles is Principal Investigator of the multi-center National Institutes for Dental and Craniofacial Research study, Biomarkers of Periodontal Disease Progression. His research goal is to gain an understanding of the cause and develop a cure for periodontal disease.

Dr. Teles visited SIU SDM not only as a distinguished guest and speaker, but also as a collaborator, since SIU SDM is one of five dental schools participating in the Biomarkers of Periodontal Disease Progression project. He was introduced by Dr. Nathalia Garcia, Assistant Professor in the Section of Periodontology at SIU SDM, who is Principal Investigator of the SIU SDM Biomarkers of Periodontal Disease Progression study.

Dr. Teles takes a unique approach to understanding periodontal disease by studying microbial and host-derived biomarkers in patients as they progress to periodontal disease. His long term vision is to enable the development of a point-of-care diagnostic test to help clinicians identify sites and/or subjects that are susceptible to periodontal disease progression.

During the SDM Research Day, Dr. Teles offered two lectures: “Biomarkers of Periodontal Disease Progression” and “The Relevance of Research to Periodontology.” The lectures were well attended and well received by faculty, students and staff at the SIU School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Teles recently joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Dentistry as Distinguished Professor. Prior to that, he held positions as Senior Research Investigator at the Forsyth Institute in the Department of Applied Oral Sciences and Clinical Instructor in Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Photo Captions: Dr. Teles during his afternoon lecture at the 2015 SIU SDM Research Day; Dr. Teles during his afternoon lecture at the 2015 SIU SDM Research Day; Dr. Teles with Dr. Jane Gillespie (left), Director of Research at SIU SDM, and Dr. Garcia

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  Student Research

Research Day

Each year, the SIU SDM Research Day features the annual Student Table Clinic Competition.  Winners of the competition earn opportunities to present their research at research competitions throughout the country.  A sample of the student research presented at the annual Student Table Clinic Competition in recent years follows (click on each image for content):

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Local Student Research Group Start Up Kit

Local Student Research Group (SRG) Start Up Kit Presented By The American Association of Dental Research (AADR) National Student Research Group (NSRG)
To view the presentation, click here:

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2015 Dean's Summer Student Research Program

Each year, funding is made available for student participation in summer research, sponsored by SDM faculty. Up to five (5) research fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis as determined by merit of a submitted research proposal. This program is designed to introduce a student to research. Funding for a second year student is approved only in rare cases. Details of the research program and how to apply are offered through the links that follow:

American Association of Oral Biologists Award

Each year, one student earns the American Association of Oral Biologists Award. The award recognizes a senior dental student who has made significant contributions to the advancement of oral biology and has demonstrated the potential for further achievement in this field.   This award recognizes the ability of the student to think critically and to participate in original research related to oral biology, as well as the student's academic achievement and enthusiasm for oral biology.  Alexandria Hawkins earned the honor and award for the Class of 2015.

Quintessence Award for Research Achievement

Each year, one student earns the Quintessence Award for Research Achievement. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in research.  Patrick Farrow earned the honor and award for the Class of 2015.

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  SIU SDM Research Forms

ALL RESEARCH conducted by SDM faculty (regardless of the type or source of funding) and changes to current/ongoing research projects MUST BE APPROVED IN ADVANCE by the SDM Research Committee.  No scholarly activity points will be awarded for research activity which was not pre-approved by the Research Committee. 

The SDM Research Committee requests all materials which need consideration and/or approval be submitted to Office of Research for processing at least one week prior to the next committee meeting.  The FY2016 SDM Research Committee meeting schedule is as follows:

SDM Research Committee
FY 2016 Meeting Schedule
Materials for Consideration/Approval
Due By
October 8, 2015 October 1, 2015
November 12, 2015 November 5, 2015
December 10, 2015 December 3, 2015
January 14, 2016 January 7, 2016
February 11, 2016 February 4, 2016
March 10, 2016 March 3, 2016
April 14, 2016 April 7, 2016
May 12, 2016 May 5, 2016
June 9, 2016 June 2, 2016

If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Research any member of the SDM Research Committee for assistance.

  • Dr. Pandarakalam, Chair; Ext. 7131
  • Dr. Garcia, Vice Chair; Ext. 7180
  • Dr. Eapen; Ext. 7031
  • Dr. Omran; Ext. 7292
  • Dr. Land; Ext. 7072
  • Dr. Joy, Director of Research; Ext. 7117 or Ext. 7028

Pilot Project Application Forms

Advanced Investigation Award Application Forms

SDM Research Projects - No Funds Requested (N.F.R.)

Other Office of Research Forms

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   American Association for Dental Research

The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine is an Institutional Section member of the American Association for Dental Research, and we encourage our faculty, research staff and students to join AADR at the individual level. Dedicated scientists turn to AADR to move their research into action.

Being an AADR member will give you:

  • Increased opportunities to advocate for the future of dental, oral and craniofacial research;

  • Online access to cutting-edge science published in the Journal of Dental Research;

  • A subscription to the monthly AADR Science Advocate e-newsletter;

  • Discounted registration rates to attend AADR and IADR meetings; 

  • A platform to network and collaborate with researchers and others in the field of dentistry;

  • And much more!

 For more information and to join, visit or contact

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