Dr. Chiayeng Wang Published in International Innovation
Dr. Chiayeng Wang, Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Biology and Center for Molecular Biology of Oral Diseases at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, was included in a June 2011 article in International Innovation, “Delving into Rhabdomyosarcoma,” as well as a sidebar entitled “Childhood Cancer.”
In “Delving into Rhabdomyosarcoma,” Dr. Wang explains that she was inspired to study genomic instability by her mother, who is a human cytogeneticist. Dr. Wang notes in the article that her team’s objective is to identify cellular targets and pathways disrupted in cancer cells. She discusses chemotherapy, identification of genetic and epigenetic alterations in helping to develop novel therapies, and where her team’s research is going in the future.
In “Childhood Cancer,” Dr. Wang discusses alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, the most aggressive form of childhood muscle cancer, and the research that may lead to more effective therapies.
Ms. Christina Shin Recognized for Oral Health Education Program
Ms. Christina Shin, a fourth-year dental student at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), was recently accepted into the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, where she designed a project to provide personalized oral hygiene instruction for 50 students. Instruction was conducted weekly for eight weeks at the Janet Pomeroy Center (JPC), a nationally recognized afterschool program for children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities. While carrying out the instruction, she designed a research project to identify the specific barriers these students faced in brushing their teeth.
Each week, Ms. Shin dressed up as the Tooth Fairy and led a team of general practice residents and Dr. Sophia Saeed of UCSF in providing oral health instruction and collecting study data. The Tooth Fairy became an integral part of Wednesday afternoons at the JPC.
For her work, Ms. Shin was selected for the Student Awards and Recognition Program from the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities and the Special Care Dentistry Association. The award was presented to her by Dean John D. B. Featherstone and one of her mentors, Dr. Saeed, Assistant Clinical Professor and Director, General Practice Residency & Hospital Dentistry.
ADEA Member Awarded Indian Health Service Senior Hygiene Clinical Service Award for Excellence
Ms. Kathy Balasko, a manager with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s (ANTHC) Dental Health Aide Therapist program in Bethel, Alaska, was awarded the Indian Health Service Senior Hygiene Clinical Service Award for Excellence. This award is presented to someone who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of dental hygiene. Balasko is a commissioned officer with the U.S. Public Health Service and holds a master’s degree in community health education. “As a clinician, an educator, and program manager, Kathy has given remarkable energy and commitment to improving oral health care access in rural Alaska," said Mary Williard, Dental Therapy Training Director for ANTHC.