Category: Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Boston University dentists’ invention picked by Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation: Center sees medical need and marketing potential

June 12th, 2012 in Goldman School of Dental Medicine, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Jackie Rubin, 617-638-4892, jackier@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation has selected Drs. Robert Gyurko and Serge Dibart’s idea for a novel piezoelectric knife design and implant to accommodate narrow ridges as one of two research projects to support this year.  This is the first time the Center, which collaborates withh BU, BMC, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital Boston, chose a research project fromm the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM).

The BU–Fraunhofer Alliance for Medical Devices, Instrumentation and Diagnostics expedites the time necessary for new technologies to get from research to patient use. The Center employs full-time engineers and applied scientists who turn design concepts in to medical instruments and devices. The finished designs attract ventuure funding, potential licensors, and government funding.

The GSDM  team proposed a flat implant system, using  flat piezoelectric knives (miniature bone saws vibrating at ultrasonic frequencies and sub-millimeter amplitudes) and flat titanium implants.  “This piezoelectric knife can create various shapes of non-round bone cuts, as opposed to current implant drills that only make cylindrical holes,” said Dr. Gyurko. “The flat profile implant would address the need of patients with narrow residual jawbone without compromising implant stability and longevity.”

In March 2012, Drs. Gyurko and Dibart responded to a Boston University Medical Campus request for proposals “with high potential clinical impact that are ready to move out of the basic research laboratory.” Gyurko and Dibart were invited to present a full proposal to The Alliance Advisory Board showing the medical need for and potential impact of the design. The group is now in talks about prototype development.

“This is a wonderful accomplishment and one that Dr. Dibart and his team should feel very proud ofachieving,” said Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter. “In addition, the project will bring well-deserved recognition toresearch at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.”

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The Truth about Teeth Whiteners

April 25th, 2012 in 2012, Gennaro Cataldo, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Newsmakers 0 comments

BU Today
Gennaro Cataldo, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Americans reportedly drop $1.4 billion annually on nonprescription teeth whitening products to bleach away the effects of cigarettes, coffee, red wine, or just plain age. Certain medications, notably tetracycline, also discolor teeth, says Gennaro Cataldo, a Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine professor of general dentistry…

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Parenting Guru: Are you passing tooth decay to your kid?

April 17th, 2012 in 2012, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Jonathan Shenkin, Newsmakers 0 comments

SheKnows Parenting
Jonathan Shenkin, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

When your baby’s first tooth appears at about age 1, it’s exciting — but how do you care for it?..

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Dental X-rays linked to tumor risk

April 10th, 2012 in 2012, Boston Globe, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Newsmakers 0 comments

Boston Globe
Anita Gohel, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Frequent dental X-rays are associated with an increased risk of developing the most common, noncancerous brain tumors, according to a new study, a finding that researchers say should serve as a reminder that even dental X-rays may be harmful if ordered too often…

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Study links high fiber to healthy gums in older vets

February 24th, 2012 in 2012, Elizabeth Krall Kaye, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Newsmakers, Reuters 0 comments

Reuters
Elizabeth Krall Kaye, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

U.S. researchers who followed healthy male veterans for up to 24 years found that older men who ate more high-fiber fruits were less likely to show signs of gum disease…

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Calif. Clinic Brings Free Dental Care to Developmentally Disabled

January 18th, 2012 in 2012, ABCNews.com, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Newsmakers, Steven Perlman 0 comments

ABCNews.com
Steven Perlman, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

For most adults, a cavity calls for a quick prick of Novocain and a 20-minute filling. But for 40-year-old Tina Lumbley of Moreno Valley, Calif., the routine procedure was a day-long ordeal…

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New Leadership in Periodontology & Oral Biology at Boston University Dental

September 22nd, 2011 in Goldman School of Dental Medicine, News Releases, University Affairs 0 comments

Contact: Jackie Rubin, 617/638-4892 | jackier@bu.edu

(Boston) – Three leadership appointments were announced in the Department of Periodontology & Oral Biology at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) this week: Dr. Serge Dibart, Department Chair; Dr. Philip Trackman, Director of Oral Biology Research; and Dr. Oreste Zanni, Clinical Director, Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics.

Dr. Dibart will also continue in his present position as Director, Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics, and Dr. Trackman and he will work collaboratively to develop a robust research agenda for the department.

About Dr. Serge Dibart:

Dr. Dibart received his DDS and Certificate in Pharmacology from the Aix-Marseilles University School of Dental Medicine in 1982. Following that, he earned a Certificate in Periodontology from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1985. In 1989, Dr. Dibart earned his DMD from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM). He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and in 2010 he was honored with the American Academy of Periodontology Outstanding Educator Award.

Dr. Dibart currently serves as Professor and Director of the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics in the Department of Periodontology & Oral Biology at GSDM; Clinical Professor of Dental Hygiene at the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene; and Professor of Stomatology (Honorary) at the Henan Provincial Hospital People’s Republic of China. Previous appointments at GSDM include both Assistant and Associate Professor, Assistant Director, Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics, and Manager, 2nd floor Post-Doctoral Patient Treatment Centers (Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Endodontics and Operative Dentistry). Prior to joining GSDM, Dr. Dibart served as Clinical Instructor, Harvard School of Dental Medicine; Research Staff Associate, Department of Oral Microbiology and Periodontology, Forsyth Research Institute; and Senior attending periodontist, Children’s Hospital, Boston MA.

Dr. Dibart’s professional activities are numerous and include memberships in the American Dental Association, the American Association for Dental Research, the International Association for Dental Research, the American Board of Periodontology, and the Massachusetts Dental Society. He has authored a variety of books on periodontology and implant dentistry (Wiley Blackwell publishers), articles in peer reviewed journals, and is an invited lecturer, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Dibart also maintains a private practice in Watertown, MA.

About Dr. Philip Trackman:

Dr. Trackman received a B.A. in Chemistry from the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio in 1975; a Ph.D in Biochemistry from Boston University in 1980; and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA from 1980 – 1983. He has been listed in Marquis “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering” since 1997.

Dr. Trackman currently serves as Professor of Periodontology and Oral Biology at GSDM and Research Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the Boston University School of Medicine. Previous GSDM appointments include Assistant and Associate Professor of Periodontology and Oral Biology. Between 1983 and 1987, Dr. Trackman served as Team Leader, Project Leader, and Staff Researcher at the American subsidiary in Wilton, CT of the biotechnology/pharmaceutical company that is now known as Novo Nordisk (Bagsvaerd, Denmark). He returned to Academia in 1987 and joined GSDM in 1992.

Dr. Trackman’s extensive research at GSDM has been continuously funded by NIH since 1994 and his current grants include two R01 awards from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, respectively entitled “Growth Factors and Gingival Fibrosis” and “Inhibited Intramembranous Bone Healing in Diabetes”. He also recently completed An Idea Award from the Department of Defense entitled “Lysyl Oxidase Propeptide as an Inhibitor of Prostate-to-Bone Metastasis”. His research has been widely published and he has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed papers in high impact journals.

Dr. Trackman’s professional activities are numerous and include memberships to societies including the American Chemical Society; Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Organization of North America; the Boston Section of the American Association of Dental Research; the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research; the American Society of Matrix Biology; the International CCN Society; the International Association of Dental Research; the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; and the American Diabetes Association.

About Dr. Oreste D. Zanni:

Dr. Zanni received a B.A. in Biology from Merrimack College, North Andover MA in 1968 and a DDS from Case Western Reserve University, School of Dentistry, Cleveland OH in 1973. He also completed an Internship at Tufts New England Medical Center Department of Dental Medicine, Boston MA in 1974; and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Periodontics, Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry in 1976.

Dr. Zanni currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Postdoctoral Periodontics at GSDM; Senior Staff Member of the Department of Surgery, Division of Dentistry at the Lawrence General Hospital, Lawrence, MA; and Senior Staff Member of the Department of Surgery, Division of Dentistry at the Holy Family Hospital, Methuen, MA. He previously served as Clinical Instructor in Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral Periodontics at GSDM. In addition, he maintains a private practice limited to Periodontology and Implant Dentistry in Methuen, MA.

In both 2009 and 2010, Dr. Zanni was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the residents enrolled in the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics at GSDM. In addition, in 2008 and 2009 he was honored with the Educator Award from the American Academy of Periodontology. Dr. Zanni’s professional activities are numerous and include memberships to societies including: the American Academy of Periodontology; the Massachusetts Periodontal Society; the Merrimack Valley Dental Society; and the Greater Lawrence Dental Society.

Mission of Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine:

The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine will be the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral health care, and community service to improve the overall health of the global population.

We will provide outstanding service to a diverse group of students, patients, faculty, staff, alumni, and healthcare professionals within our facilities, our community, and the world.

We will shape the future of the profession through scholarship, creating and disseminating new knowledge, developing and using innovative technologies and educational methodologies, and by promoting critical thinking and lifelong learning.

We will do so in an ethical, supportive environment, consistent with our core values of respect, truth, responsibility, fairness, compassion; and our operational values of excellence, service and effective communication in synergy with the strategic plan of Boston University.

We will support this mission using responsible financial policies and philanthropy.

Milford student educating moms and moms-to-be

July 22nd, 2011 in BU In the Community, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Health & Medicine, News Releases, Student News 0 comments

Contact: Jackie Rubin, 617/638-4892 | jackier@bu.edu

(Boston)–Neelam Shah, a second-year dental student at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) and Milford native, wants women to know how important oral health is during and after pregnancy. To correct the myths that Shah says many women believe to be fact, Shah will help integrate the OB/GYN and Dental Departments at the South End Community Health Center (SECHC) in Boston so that the mothers and soon-to-be-mothers attending the Center have more access to oral health information and treatment.

“I hoped to educate pregnant women and their children on the importance of oral health, reverse the misconception that dental care during pregnancy is unsafe, and encourage mothers to seek treatment for periodontal disease and dental caries for themselves and their children,” Shah said.

Shah received funding for the project from the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program. The Scholarship introduces health professions students to influential public health professionals and prepares students to be leaders in addressing health challenges. The Scholarship pays for students to attend a three-day leadership symposium and conduct a funded community-based health education project, in this case Shah’s integration project at the SECHC.

Shah attended a symposium in Washington, DC, where she learned about health policy, project planning, and healthcare finance and delivery from leaders in the political and academic fields, including Surgeon General Regina Benjamin.

“I was truly inspired and shocked at the impact that a few people can have on their local community when they pull together for a common cause,” Shah says. She sees this project as a jumping off point for her involvement in public health.

GSDM Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter said of Shah, “Being selected for the Paul Ambrose Scholarship Program is a wonderful opportunity. We, as a School, are very proud of Neelam and will continue to provide her with whatever support is needed for her to complete this outstanding project.”

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About Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine:

The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine will be the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral health care, and community service to improve the overall health of the global population.

We will provide outstanding service to a diverse group of students, patients, faculty, staff, alumni, and healthcare professionals within our facilities, our community, and the world.

We will shape the future of the profession through scholarship, creating and disseminating new knowledge, developing and using innovative technologies and educational methodologies, and by promoting critical thinking and lifelong learning.

We will do so in an ethical, supportive environment, consistent with our core values of respect, truth, responsibility, fairness, compassion; and our operational values of excellence, service and effective communication in synergy with the strategic plan of Boston University.

We will support this mission using responsible financial policies and philanthropy.


Boston City Council Recognizes Smart Smiles for Treating 4000 Kids and Counting

July 15th, 2011 in BU In the Community, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Health & Medicine, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Jackie Rubin, 617/638-4892 | jackier@bu.edu

Contacts:
Jackie Rubin
Assistant Director of
Publications & Media Relations
Boston University Henry M. Goldman
School of Dental Medicine
617-638-4892, jackier@bu.edu

Andrea Grossman
Public Relations Specialist
Health Sciences Campus
Tufts University
617-636-3728, andrea.grossman@tufts.edu

(Boston) – Highlighting the need for oral health care for Boston’s children, Boston City Council has signed an official resolution, offered by Councilor Rob Consalvo, in recognition of Smart Smiles for providing an estimated $400,000 in free dental care.

Smart Smiles is a preventive dentistry program offering comprehensive dental services—screenings, sealants, fluoride, X-rays, cleanings, fillings, education, referrals, and follow-up—by dentists and hygienists to Boston children in the best place to find them: public elementary schools. It is a partnership among Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM), Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM), and Commonwealth Mobile Oral Health Services (CMOHS).

“Every day children in Massachusetts go to school with painful tooth aches,” says Dr. Michelle Henshaw, GSDM assistant dean for community partnerships and extramural affairs. “By eliminating barriers to dental care, Smart Smiles is able to provide the treatment the children need so they can concentrate in school. Once treatment is completed, Smart Smiles’ ongoing preventive services help to keep the children’s teeth healthy.”

The Council recognized Smart Smiles’ “outstanding work & future commitment to providing free dental care and education to over 4000 children in the Boston Public Schools.”

Smart Smiles came to Boston’s second- and third-grade classrooms in 2004 after a survey revealed that only 36 percent of third graders had a dental sealant, a thin coating placed over teeth to prevent cavities. The program has since expanded to offer new services to more students at nearly every public elementary school in the city.

To find out if Smart Smiles is visiting your child’s school this year, call the GSDM Division of Community Health Programs at 617-638-6383 and ask for Smart Smiles.

About Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine:

The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine will be the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral health care, and community service to improve the overall health of the global population.

We will provide outstanding service to a diverse group of students, patients, faculty, staff, alumni, and healthcare professionals within our facilities, our community, and the world.

We will shape the future of the profession through scholarship, creating and disseminating new knowledge, developing and using innovative technologies and educational methodologies, and by promoting critical thinking and lifelong learning.

We will do so in an ethical, supportive environment, consistent with our core values of respect, truth, responsibility, fairness, compassion; and our operational values of excellence, service and effective communication in synergy with the strategic plan of Boston University.

We will support this mission using responsible financial policies and philanthropy.

About Tufts University School of Dental Medicine:

Founded in 1868, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) is committed to leadership in education, patient care, research and community service. Students obtain an interdisciplinary education, integrated with medicine, with access to training in dental specialties. Clinics managed at TUSDM provide quality comprehensive care to more than 18,000 diverse individuals annually, including those requiring special needs. Nationally and internationally, the School promotes health and educational programs and researches new procedures, materials and technologies to improve oral health.

Groundbreaking research uses stem cells to relieve mouth, face pain

July 6th, 2011 in Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Health & Medicine, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Jackie Rubin, 617/638-4892 | jackier@bu.edu

(Boston) – Research from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine shows for the first time that a particular type of stem cell, bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs), can suppress orofacial pain rapidly–within one day of treatment–by either IV injection of cells or direct injection of cells to the injured site.

In rat models, the pain never came back after stem cell injection. But in the untreated group, the pain lasted up to 22 weeks, or the length of the experimental period.

Researchers simulated two types of pain: myogenic pain (by ligating, or tying up, the masticatory muscle tendon) and neuropathic pain (by tying up the nerve on the face). Stem cells successfully reduced pain in both cases.

The next step is a clinical trial to treat recalcitrant orofacial pain.

Researchers also found that this pain suppression is in part mediated through the endogenous opioid system operated centrally (in the brain) and peripherally (at the injured site). Further mechanisms to explain how this works are now under investigation.

Associate Professor of Endodontics Dr. George Huang worked on the study with Dr. Ke Ren, professor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Read the abstract online.

The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine will be the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral health care, and community service to improve the overall health of the global population.

We will provide outstanding service to a diverse group of students, patients, faculty, staff, alumni, and healthcare professionals within our facilities, our community, and the world.

We will shape the future of the profession through scholarship, creating and disseminating new knowledge, developing and using innovative technologies and educational methodologies, and by promoting critical thinking and lifelong learning.

We will do so in an ethical, supportive environment, consistent with our core values of respect, truth, responsibility, fairness, compassion; and our operational values of excellence, service and effective communication in synergy with the strategic plan of Boston University.

We will support this mission using responsible financial policies and philanthropy.