Months of research in labs at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (Pacific Dugoni) has resulted in sweet success for dental students. CDA Presents, one of the largest dental conventions in the nation, was held last month in Anaheim, CA, and attracted more than 20,000 attendees.
At the Table Clinic and Poster competition, dental and auxiliary students, residents and military dentists were invited to present innovative ideas and accomplishments in the field of dentistry. Pacific Dugoni was proud to be represented by nine dental students who prepared oral and visual media presentations of their research at the Pacific Craniofacial Genetics and Pacific Regenerative Dentistry laboratories. Students were supported by the Research Fellows and Craniofacial Genetics staff.
Meg Hostage and Eric Kim, dental students in the Class of 2015, won the third place prize in the scientific subcategory for “Mutations in Exons 1 and 2 of PAX9 Gene and Hypodontia.” Only three awards were given in each of three categories (Scientific, Clinical and Community), and winners received cash prizes and other benefits.
“With students from all California dental schools competing, this is always a tough competition, and I am so proud to see our students present their work with professionalism and a deep understanding of their research and its implications,” says Marie Tolarova, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., Professor of Orthodontics and Executive Director of the Pacific Craniofacial Team and Cleft Prevention Program.