Pathways to Excellence Seminar Presentations

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January 13, 2016
Antonio Nanci, PhD
Professor and Director
Department of Stomatology
Faculty of Dentistry
University of Montreal,Canada
The Magnificent Ameloblast: From Making Enamel to Novel Insights Into Periodontal Health and Epithelial Cancers

January 20, 2016
Carol Wise, PhD
Director of Musculoskeletal Research
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatrics
UT Southwestern Medical Center
GOOD for Kids: Genomics of Orthopedic Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

January 27, 2016
Wentian Yang, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Orthopaedics and Medicine
Rhode Island Hospital
Brown University
Alpert Medical School
The Role of Tyrosine Phosphate SHP2 in Skeletal Development and Diseases

February 24, 2016
Haibo Zhao, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Center for Osteoporosis and Bone Metabolic Diseases
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Peeling the Onion of Osteoclast Biology: A 20-Year Lysosomal Love Story

March 9th, 2016
Laura Iwasaki, DDS, PhD
Associate Professor
LA Rogers Chair
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
University of Missouri
Joules,Genes,and Behaviors: A Multifactorial Assessment of TMD Risk Indicators

March 23, 2016
Indranil Biswas, MD, PhD
Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, and Immunology
University of Kansas Medical Center
Interactions Among the Oral Streptococci: How to Defend Yourself With Peptides

April 6th, 2016
Hui-Lin Pan, MD, PhD
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
MD Anderson Cancer Center
University of Texas
Epigenetic and Synaptic Mechanisms of Neuropathic Pain

April 13th, 2016
Ivo Kalajzic, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Reconstructive Sciences
University of Connecticut Health Center
The Identity of Mesenchymal Progenitor Cells in Bone Remodeling and Bone Repair

April 20th, 2016
Yiping Chen, MD, PhD
John and Mary Wright Ebaugh Chair in Science and Engineering
Professor and Chair
Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
Tulane University
Genetic Regulation of Palatogenesis and Molecular Patterning of the Palate

April 27, 2016
Jacqueline Hecht, PhD
Associate Dean for Research
School of Dentistry
University of Texas
Lewis Distinguished Chair
University of Texas McGovern Medical School
Closing the Cleft: Searching for Cleft Lip/Palate Genes

May 11, 2016
Marian F Young, PhD
Chief of Molecular Biology
Bones and Teeth Section
Craniofacial and Skeletal Diseases Branch
National institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Small Proteoglycans: Versatile Regulators of Bone Formation, Function, and Repair

May 18th, 2016
Matthew Warman, PhD, MD
Professor of Genetics and Orthopaedic Surgery
Harvard Medical School
WNT Signal in Bone and Bone Diseases

May 26th, 2016
Monzur Murshed, PhD
Associate Professor
Division of Endocrinology
Department of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry
McGill University
The Effects of Mineralization Defects on the Developing Skeleton

 June 1, 2016
Bryan McEntire, MBA, PhD
Chief Technology Officer
Amedica Corporation
Salt Lake City, UT
Engineering Bacteriostatic Behavior Into Implantable Medical Devices

June 8th, 2016
Matthew Kesterke, PhD
University of Pittsburgh
Factors Influencing Craniofacial Shape: Effects of Sex and Maternal Environment

July 27, 2016
Hongjiao Ouyang, PhD, DDS, DMD
Associate Professor
School of Dental Medicine
University of Pittsburgh
A Link Between ER Stress Signaling and Wnt-B Catenin Signaling in Bone Marrow Homeostasis

July 29th, 2016
Manuela Newman, MSc, PhD, FCACC
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Biophysics, and International Health
Toronto, Canada
University of Carol Davila
Bucharest, Romania
Drugs Used in Dentistry Including Adverse Reactions

 August 17, 2016
Nikolaos Nikitakis, DDS, MD, PhD
Oral Pathology and Medicine
University of Athens
Molecular Aspects of Oral Cancer

August 24, 2016
Mary MacDougall, PhD
Associate Dean for Research
The Institute of Oral Health Research
University of Birmingham School of Dentistry 
Birmingham, Alabama 
Dental Phenotypes Associated With Rare Genetic Diseases

August 31, 2016
Brian L Schmidt, DDS, MD, PhD
Bluestone Center for Clinical Research
NYU Oral Cancer Center
New York University
The Neurobiology of Cancer Pain

September 7, 2016
John Neubert, DDS, PHD
Associate Professor of Orthodontics and Neuroscience
University of Florida
Orofacial Pain — What are WE Doing Here?

 September 14, 2016
Jeffery Ebersole, PhD
Alvin L Morris Professor of Oral Health Research
Director of the Center for Oral Health Research
Associate Dean for Research
College of Dentistry
University of Kentucky
Innate and Adaptive Immune Responses in Periodontitis: Mucosal Tissue Responses to a Complex Microbial Ecology in Aging

October 5th, 2016
Pamela Gehron Robey, PhD 
Chief of the Craniofacial and Skeletal Diseases Branch at the NIH and NIDR
The Biology and Function of Tissue-Specific Stem Cells of Connective Tissues

October 19th, 2016
Anna Spagnoli, MD
Rush University Medical Center
Osteoarthritis: Lessons From Joint Development—It's Time to Shift the Paradigm

October 26, 2016
Debra Guatelli-Steinberg, MA, PhD 
Department of Anthropology
The Ohio State University
Dental Insights Into Neanderthal Biology

 November 2, 2016
Aline Martin, MsC, PhD
Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Regulation of FGF23 by DMP1: Beyond Bone and Mineral Metabolism

November 30, 2016
Ben Morpugo, PhD
Executive Director
Texas A&M Institute for Genomic Modeling
Andrei Goloyko, PhD
Senior Scientist and Production Manager
TIGM:Transgenic Mouse Resources and Services for the Texas A&M College of Dentistry