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   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 Student Wins Distinguished Research Award

SIU School of Dental Medicine student Patrick Farrow won Most Outstanding Presentation in Clinical Research at the 2013 Hinman Student Research Symposium on October 27, 2013.  Farrow, a Year III dental student, conducted research on developing rodent behavioral models as an inexpensive and unbiased method to measure orofacial pain.

Farrow’s project was directed by Dr. Kevin Rowland, Associate Professor and Section Head of Physiology at SIU SDM.

"Patrick's dedication for research stems from a sincere desire to help people, especially individuals suffering from pain," said Dr. Rowland.

The Hinman Student Research Symposium featured oral and poster presentations of research projects by dental and graduate students from dental schools across the nation. At this year's Symposium, 104 students represented 47 dental schools in 29 states, the District of Columbia and four Canadian provinces. Eight awards were given for the most outstanding student presentations, four in clinical research and four in basic science research, in addition to an award from the National Students Research Group (NSRG) of the American Association for Dental Research.

The Symposium is sponsored by the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and co-sponsored by the Hinman Dental Society. Support is also provided in part by grants from the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), the ADEAGies Foundation, the Procter & Gamble Company, the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry Alumni Association, and the Tennessee Dental Association Foundation.

2013 Hinman Student Research Symposium Photos: 1 | 2

Photo Caption 1: Dr. Timothy L. Hottel, Dean of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, and Dr. Jane C. Puskas, President of the Hinman Dental Society, present the Most Outstanding Presentation in Clinical Research Award to Patrick Farrow.

Photo Caption 2: Patrick Farrow, in front of his Poster Presentation at the 2013 Hinman Student Research Symposium.

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Dr. Poonam Jain Presents at the World Congress of Preventive Dentistry

Dr. Poonam Jain presented at the World Congress on Preventive Dentistry (WCPD) in Budapest, Hungary from October 9-13, 2014.

A Professor and Director of Community and Preventive Dentistry at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine , Dr. Jain delivered the results of her survey of dental schools in the United States and Canada. The survey’s objective was to examine the inclusion and integration of information on soft drinks in dental curricula.

Consumption of sugared beverages contributes to several non-communicable diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and dental caries, and has become a major public health issue.

“It is critical that health care providers are trained well on the oral and systemic effects of consumption of these drinks,” Dr. Jain said.  “My survey revealed that much more needs to be done to ensure this is occurring.

“It was interesting to discover that dental educators from various parts of the world agreed that the same problem exists in their pre-doctoral curricula as well.”

One of the major foci of the conference was to examine the inequalities in health outcomes based on social determinants.

“It was truly wonderful to interact with professionals from all over the world and learn their perspectives,” Dr. Jain said. “Attending the WCPD and visiting Budapest were both beneficial experiences for me. I am grateful for the support of (SDM) Dean Bruce Rotter and the University to attend that event.”

Photo of Dr. Jain

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Dr. Welch Earns 2013 Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator Award

The Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator Awards are made to tenure-track SIUE faculty members in order to recognize and support individual programs of research or creative activities. These awards recognize faculty members whose research or creative activities have the promise of making significant contributions to their fields of study and to SIUE in general.  Please join us in congratulating Dr. Dan Welch as one of the 2013 Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator awardees.

Dr. Dan Welch, Assistant Professor in the Department of Growth, Development and Structure at the School of Dental Medicine, joined the faculty in 2011 after earning a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, Riverside. Welch currently serves as the course director for neuroanatomy and has two peer-reviewed articles submitted for publication. Welch has previously published in the Journal for Experimental Biology and has presented research findings at several neuroscience conferences.

Welch’s current research project, “Underlying Central Nervous System Etiology of Bruxism,” lays a foundation for research on bruxism, the involuntary gnashing and grinding of teeth. According to Welch, untreated bruxism can lead to worn teeth, lost fillings, fractures, headaches, and numerous types of temporomandibular disorders.

As a pathway to understanding bruxism, Welch is examining the physiological mechanisms underlying mastication. He hypothesizes that the network of nerve cells involved in regulating muscles during mastication might be shared with those that produce bruxism and that certain pathological conditions can affect the regulation of those movements. Welch will use intramuscular electromyogram (EMG) recordings and sonomicrometry measurements to create a detailed analysis of jaw movement in rats during mastication and bruxism. The results will create a behavioral assay to observe (in detail) jaw movement. These results will further Welch’s research toward determining the mechanisms involved in the etiology of bruxism.

Photo of Dr. Welch: 1

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Year II Dental Student, Adam Fritzgerald, Enjoys Spring of Success

Year II Dental Student, Adam Fritzgerald, successfully represented the best of student research at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine throughout the spring of 2013.

Fritzgerald's tour of success began at the 2013 American Dental Education Association's Annual Session & Exhibition in Seattle, WA. At the meeting, Fritzgerald enjoyed the opportunity to present his research at the ADEA Poster Board Session on Monday, March 18. He presented a poster entitled "Use of Spatial Analysis to Inform Community Outreach Activities."

Two weeks later, on Tuesday, April 2, Fritzgerald presented at the 2013 SIUE Graduate School Student Research Symposium. The Honor Societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi presented the awards for Best Graduate Student Paper Presentation and Best Graduate Student Poster. Fritzgerald was one of the three Graduate Students who received a monetary award for Best Poster.

The 2013 SIU School of Dental Medicine Research Day was held on Tuesday, April 9. As is tradition, the annual School of Dental Medicine Student Table Clinic Competition highlighted outstanding student research during the event. Adam Fritzgerald earned the top prize and was named the overall winner of the 2013 SDM Student Table Clinic Competition.

As the overall winner of the SDM Student Table Clinic Competition, Fritzgerald will enjoy a recognition plaque and monetary award. Moreover, Fritzgerald earned the opportunity to represent the SIU School of Dental Medicine at the 2013 American Dental Association / DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Program at the ADA Annual Session, which will be held in New Orleans in October.

Fritzgerald was mentored in his research by Dr. Poonam Jain, Professor and Director of Community and Preventive Dentistry at the SIU School of Dental Medicine.

2013 SIU SDM Research Day Photos: 1 | 2 | 3

Photo Caption 1: Adam Fritzgerald-First Place Overall Winner of the 2013 Student Table Clinic Competition.

Photo Caption 2: Fritzgerald and his research mentor, Dr. Poonam Jain

Photo Caption 2: Fritzgerald and Shawn Silvey, Territory Manager for DENTSPLY

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   Research Day 2013 



Tissue Regeneration Expert Presents at Annual SIU SDM Research Day

Dr. Luisa A. DiPietro, the Director of the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration, served as the guest speaker at the 2013 Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Research Day and Table Clinic Competition on Tuesday, April 9.

Dr. DiPietro is also a Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the UIC College of Dentistry.

During the SDM Research Day, Dr. DiPietro offered two lectures: "Tissue specific differences in the response to injury" and "Regenerating lost tissue: How advances in oral science will help us grow." The lectures were well attended and well received by faculty, students and staff at the SIU School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. DiPietro's research, which has received continuous funding from the National Institutes for Health since 1994, focuses on how wounds heal. Her ultimate goal is to develop therapies that will allow humans to regenerate perfect tissue after injury.

2013 SIU SDM Research Day Photos: 1 | 2

Photo Caption 1: Dr. Luisa A. DiPietro, SIU SDM Research Day Guest Speaker, and Dr. Bruce Rotter, Dean of the SIU School of Dental Medicine, at Research Day after the afternoon session

Photo Caption 2: Dr. DiPietro during the afternoon session at the SIU SDM Research Day

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Outstanding Student Research on Display at Research Day!

The 2013 SIU SDM Research Day Table Clinic Competition was held on April 8-9, 2013. Twelve dental students competed in the contest this year.

When the judging was complete, Adam Fritzgerald, a Year II dental student, earned the top prize and was named the overall winner of the 2013 SDM Student Table Clinic Competition. He also earned the Illinois State Dental Society Foundations’s Clinical Science Award. He presented a poster entitled "Use of Spatial Analysis to Inform Community Outreach Activities."

As the overall winner of the competition, Fritzgerald will represent the SIU School of Dental Medicine at the 2013 American Dental Association / DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Program at the ADA Annual Session, which will be held in New Orleans in October. For earning an ISDS Foundation Award, Fritzgerald will also present his table clinic at the ISDS Annual Meeting in Bloomington-Normal, IL in September.

Craigory Raino earned second place overall and first place among Year II table clinic competition participants. Raino also earned the ISDS Foundation's Basic Science Award. His research was entitled, "Investigation of Mrg Proteins, a Group of Sensory Neuron Specific Receptors in Human Pulp Tissue." As the second place overall winner, Raino will present his table clinic at the Hinman Student Research Symposium in Memphis, TN in October, and as an ISDS Foundation Award winner, he will also present his research at the ISDS Annual Meeting in Bloomington-Normal, IL in September.

Patrick Farrow, a Year II dental student, earned third place overall for his table clinic research entitled, "Rat Running Wheel Behavior is a Novel, Inexpensive Measure of Orofacial Pain." As the third place overall winner, Farrow will present his table clinic at the Hinman Student Research Symposium in Memphis, TN in October.

Among other award winners, Eric Castle, a Year III dental student, won the ISDS Foundation's Literature Review/Dental Education Award and first place among Year III table clinic competition participants. As an ISDS Foundation Award winner, he will present his research at the ISDS Annual Meeting in Bloomington-Normal, IL in September.

The SIU SDM Research Day Student Table Clinic Competition demands a set of fair and impartial judges, and the SIU dental school is always grateful for those individuals who serve in that capacity. Judges from the Illinois State Dental Society Foundation included Drs. Susan Bishop, William Koentz, Howard Waldrop and Krista Weimerskirch. From the SIU School of Dental Medicine faculty, Drs. Nathalia Garcia and Daniel Welch served as judges.

2013 SIU SDM Research Day Photos: 1 | 2 | 3

Photo Caption for Photos 1, 2, and 3: Dr. Gillespie presents awards to the SIU SDM Research Day Table Clinic Competition winners -- Adam Fritizgerald (Photo 1), Craigory Raino (Photo 2) and Patrick Farrow (Photo 3).

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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):

2012 Research Day Cover 2011 Research Day Cover
2010 Research Day Cover 2009 Research Day Cover

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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:

http://www.iadr.org/files/public/09NSRGStartUpKit.ppt

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2014 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:



2014 Mentored Summer Student Research Program

The primary purpose of the Mentored Student Summer Research program is to provide expanded research opportunities for dental students.  Awards made under this program are distinct from the Dean’s Summer Student Research Program with respect to the level of student effort on the project.  The purpose of the program is to increase student participation in research activities in the summer and to increase opportunities for faculty research.  Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis as determined by merit of a submitted research proposal.  Proposals from faculty mentoring Year 1 students will be given priority, since these students are not eligible to work in the summer by any other mechanism; however students from Years 2 and 3 are also eligible to apply.  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.  Kristi Golabek earned the honor and award for the Class of 2013.

Quintessence Award for Research Achievement

Each year, one student earns the Quintessence Award for Research Achievement. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in research.  Jillian Rigert earned the honor and award for the Class of 2013.

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  SIU SDM Research Forms



Pilot Project Application Forms



Advanced Investigation Award Application Forms



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 www.aadronline.org/membership or contact membership@aadronline.org.


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