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UAlberta SOD Graduate Wins Sunstar World Dental Hygienist Award

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Danielle Clark-Perry, RDH, at the International
Symposium on Dental Hygiene in Brisbane, Australia,
accepting the Sunstar World Dental
Hygienist Award for Research.

Three years ago, at the last International Symposium on Dental Hygiene, Danielle Clark-Perry, RDH, M.Sc., was in her final year of undergraduate dental hygiene studies at the University of Alberta School of Dentistry (UAlberta SOD). She was given the opportunity to present an abstract of her very first research project accomplished as a summer student, about implants in the elderly population, under the supervision of Liran Levin, D.M.D., FRCD(C), FIADT, FICD. Three years later, she was invited back by The Sunstar Foundation to present the results of her basic science M.Sc. project, which won the Sunstar World Dental Hygienist Award for Research. The project, entitled “The Role of Loricrin in Severe (Formerly Aggressive) Periodontal Disease,” focused on the role of loricrin in severe forms of periodontal disease. The project was completed under the supervision of Maria Febbraio, Ph.D., and Dr. Levin at UAlberta SOD. 

During her academic career, Ms. Clark-Perry has published 15 papers in the international scientific literature and a book chapter published by Springer International. She has presented her work at the leading international meetings in oral health, including the International Association of Dental Research conference and EuroPerio, and has been invited to serve on the Editorial Board of the International Dental Journal and to be an Associate Editor for Clinical and Experimental Dental Research(Wiley). She has also been serving as a part-time clinical instructor for both dental hygiene and D.D.S. students. Among many awards and honors, Ms. Clark-Perry was the first Canadian recipient of an ADEA/Crest Oral-B Scholarship for Dental Hygiene Students Pursuing Academic Careers.

Ms. Clark-Perry’s accomplishments have been an inspiration to other dental hygiene students and encouraged them to pursue graduate careers in basic science. She has also set the bar for UAlberta graduate students—her success is that of legend. Ms. Clark-Perry combines dedication, hard work and enthusiasm with devotion and passion for her profession. No matter the challenge, she has shown steadfast resolve and consummate professionalism and she is one to watch.

Courtesy of Liran Levin, D.M.D., FRCD(C), FIADT, FICD, University of Alberta School of Dentistry

Published on September 11, 2019

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