Dr. Chandrasekaran Wins Volpe Prize
Dr. Sangeetha Chandrasekaran, a periodontics resident at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, has won the Volpe Prize. The $3,500 award is presented to the best clinical research in periodontology by students in dentistry. The competition, sponsored by The Ohio State University and Colgate-Palmolive Co., is named for Dr. Anthony Volpe, who is responsible for Colgate’s worldwide clinical research program.
Dr. Chandrasekaran presented research on periodontitis and resultant inflammation, focusing on using dentin matrix protein (DMP1) to stimulate the stem cells in the periodontal ligament. Through her research, Dr. Chandrasekaran concluded that stimulation by DMP1 triggers morphological changes and differential regulation of osteoblast-specific genes, which may be valuable as a regenerative approach.
Dr. Alapati Receives NIH Grant to Study Stem Cell Therapeutics
Dr. Satish Alapati, Assistant Professor of Endodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry, recently received a grant from the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). The NIH/NIDCR K Grant will last five years and will be worth approximately $683,040.
The grant will fund Dr. Alapati’s core research focus on stem cell-based therapeutics in Endodontics. He is hoping to revolutionize root canal treatment by incorporating regenerative components to root canal therapy. “I want to discover a way to get stem cells from dental tissues and regenerate the diseased tooth structures to their natural anatomy,” Dr. Alapati explained. “This will allow whole root structures to grow to completion, thereby preventing loss of tooth.”
Dr. Alapati studied in UIC’s Endondontics residency program with an American Association of Endodontists (AAE) Educator Fellowship Award from 2009 to 2011. Before joining the program, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science at the Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Alapati earned his D.D.S. degree in India and continued his education in the United States at a hospital-based general practice residency program (GPR) in Kansas City, Missouri. He received his M.S. in Dental Materials Science and a Ph.D. in Oral Biology from The Ohio State University in 2006.
Dr. Chang Receives Daniel Award at UIC
Dr. Priscilla Chang, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, has been awarded the 2011 Jon Daniel Teaching Award.
“I am extremely honored and flattered that the students and faculty chose me,” said Dr. Chang. “But what makes this award even more meaningful to me is that Dr. Jon Daniel taught me when I was a dental student. He was so smart, sharp, and inspirational, and was an amazing presenter. I hope that I can live up to such a prestigious honor.”
The award was established in 2010 in memory of UIC faculty member Dr. Jon Daniel to honor instructors who have made exemplary contributions to the learning of the college’s dental students. It is presented to faculty who engage students’ interest, curiosity, and motivation to learn; challenge them to achieve breadth and depth in their understanding; support students in their learning; and respond to student needs in ways that keep learning at the center of the educational enterprise.
Dr. Berg named Washington Dental Service Foundation Distinguished Professor for Dentistry
Dr. Joel H. Berg has been named the Washington Dental Service Foundation Distinguished Professor for Dentistry for 2011-13. The Distinguished Professorship, established in 1987, provides funding for a triennial international symposium to help channel research to practicing dentists. As its eighth recipient, Dr. Berg will lead the 2013 symposium in Seattle. The proceedings will appear in the Journal of Dental Education.
The Lloyd and Kay Chapman Chair for Oral Health and Associate Dean for Hospital Affairs at the University of Washington (UW) School of Dentistry, Dr. Berg is also Dental Director at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Director of The Center for Pediatric Dentistry, a joint venture by the UW and Seattle Children’s that concluded its first year of operation in September. He is also President-elect of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
He received his D.D.S. in 1983, a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry in 1985, and an M.S. in Oral Biology in 1985, all from the University of Iowa. Before joining the UW, Dr. Berg also served on dental faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Texas. He has been Executive Vice President for Research and Clinical Affairs for ESPE America, Inc. and Vice President for Clinical Affairs for Philips Oral Healthcare.
Dr. Berg has authored or co-authored more than 100 abstracts, articles, and chapters, and is co-editor of a textbook on early childhood oral health. His current research includes innovative new technologies for early caries detection. Dr. Berg is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists, and he was a board director of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.