Five Eastman Institute for Oral Health professionals were recognized at this month’s American Association for Dental Research’s local meeting.
Thirty researchers from the Rochester area participated in oral and poster presentations covering a wide range of basic and translational science topics, such as fluoride varnish effectiveness, use of therapy dogs in pediatric dental settings and the success of implants, among many others.
Twenty of these competed for one of the three coveted awards:
The Basil G. Bibby Award is given for outstanding scientific merit among oral and poster presentations by non-degree candidates, such as technical staff, international dental students, residents and those not currently enrolled in an MS or PhD program.
The Michael G. Buonocore Award is given for outstanding scientific merit among oral and poster presentations by degree candidates.
The Bowen Award is given for outstanding scientific merit among oral and poster presentations by candidates in postdoctoral programs.
Each award winner is selected by a panel of judges on the basis of outstanding scientific merit through relevance and originality of hypothesis, clarity of presentation, use of innovative experimental design, methods or data presentation and/or findings or results that contribute significantly to the field of interest.
Leandro Carneiro, DDS, a Periodontics resident, won the Basil G. Bibby award for his oral presentation on Biomechanical and Histological Evaluation of a New Dental Implant, An Experimental Study in Dogs.
Vanessa Munoz, Prep student, in Dr. Quivey’s lab, won the Basil G. Bibby award for her poster, “Coordinate Regulation of Acid Adaptive Genes in S. mutans. By CodY and CcpA.
Alejandro Aviles Reyes, a Microbiology and Immunology graduate student in Dr. Lemos’ lab, won the Michael G. Buonocore award for his oral presentation, “Modification of Streptococcus mutans Cnm by PgfS Contributes to adhesion, Endothelial Cell Invasin and Virulence.
Brendaliz Santiago, PhD, a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Quivey’s lab, won the William H. Bowen award for her oral presentation on Amino Acid Metabolism Contriutes to acid Adaptation and Virulence in S. Mutans.
Marit Aure, PhD, a Postdoctoral Associate in Dr. Ovitt’s lab, also won the William H. Bowen award for her poster presentation, Mechanisms of Acinar Cell Maintenance in the Adult Salivary Gland.
Catherine E. Ovitt, PhD, associate professor of Biomedical Genetics in EIOH’s Center for Oral Biology, delivered the keynote address, “Saving Saliva: Where do We Start?” The awards were presented immediately after her presentation.