Category: Goldman School of Dental Medicine

The Body’s Ecosystem

August 1st, 2014 in 2014, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Newsmakers, Salomon Amar, The Scientist 0 comments

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Salomon Amar, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

The human body is teeming with microbes—trillions of them. The commensal bacteria and fungi that live on and inside us outnumber our own cells 10-to-1, and the viruses that teem inside those cells and ours may add another order of magnitude…

Expert quote:

“We don’t have the full picture yet, but we understand that there is [a] first layer of microorganisms that allows for the attachment of the second-comers, the third-comers, the fourth, and so on, in a very hierarchical type of organization.”

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Mining the Mouth’s Many Microbes

June 18th, 2014 in 2014, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Newsmakers, Salomon Amar, The Scientist 0 comments

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Salomon Amar, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

The oral cavity contains several distinct and dynamic microbial communities, and some of these commensals may seed the body’s other microbiomes…

Expert quote:

“We don’t have the full picture yet, but we understand that there is [a] first layer of microorganisms that allow for the attachment of the second-comers, the third-comers, the fourth, and so on, in a very hierarchical type of organization.”

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Dental Work in the ER: The MA Pull to Extract It

June 16th, 2014 in 2014, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Judith Jones, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Judith Jones, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Since severe cuts were made in 2010 to MassHealth adult dental benefits, more Commonwealth residents have turned to emergency rooms, where the pain from tooth and gum ailments is addressed, but the cause often goes untreated…

Expert quote:

“Most of the studies that have documented this have suggested that it’s young adults who have the largest increases. But what we found was when you looked on a percentage basis, it was really older adults and seniors who had the largest increases.”

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People Older Than 100 May Have the Strongest Teeth

June 12th, 2014 in 2014, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Laura Kaufman, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Laura Kaufman, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

People who live to be 100 years old or more are likely in very good health. New research suggests that it all might start in the mouth…

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Controlling biology with biomaterials: David J. Mooney to talk at BU Thursday, March 13

February 14th, 2014 in 2014, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Health & Medicine, News Releases 0 comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 12, 2014

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

(Boston) – There are hundreds of clinical trials of cell therapy currently underway, but simple cell infusions lead to large-scale cell death, little control over cell fate, and a typically poor clinical outcome.

In contrast, biomaterials can be used to serve as cell carriers or attractors of host cell populations, and to then program the cells in vivo. David J. Mooney will discuss the potential of biomaterials to regulate cell biology in processes as diverse as tissue regeneration and therapeutic cancer vaccines in the keynote lecture, “Controlling biology with biomaterials: from bone regeneration to cancer vaccines” from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine’s Science Day in Hiebert Lounge, 72 East Concord Street, 14th floor.

Science Day is a research celebration featuring posters and oral presentations by pre- and post-doctoral dental students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty and staff. A dental vendor exhibition runs in conjunction with the research presentations. The event is free and open to the public.

Mooney is the Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is a Founding Core Faculty Member, Platform Lead, Programmable Nanomaterials at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard.

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His laboratory is focused on the design and synthesis of biomaterials that regulate the fate of either cells already resident in the body, or transplanted cell populations.

Dr. Mooney earned a BS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin and PhD in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He has won numerous research awards, and received the Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard College. His inventions have been licensed by 11 companies, and he is active on industrial scientific advisory boards.

For more information about Science Day, visit bu.edu/dental/scienceday.

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About Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine: Founded in 1963, the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine is 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. With a faculty of more than 325 educators, clinicians, and researchers and more than 250 staff members, the School offers a full spectrum of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral specialty education programs and a complete range of graduate programs and degrees to more than 700 students.

About Boston University: Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 16 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission. In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.

 

Dental Plans Under the ACA: Will They Increase Access to Care?

October 2nd, 2013 in 2013, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Jonathan Shenkin, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Jonathan Shenkin, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

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Maine’s Dr. Jonathan Shenkin promoted at Boston University

September 18th, 2013 in 2013, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Health & Medicine, News Releases 0 comments

(Boston) – Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine promoted Dr. Jonathan Shenkin from clinical assistant professor to clinical associate professor in the Departments of Pediatric Dentistry and Health Policy & Health Services Research effective September 1, 2013.  Dr. Shenkin has been a part-time faculty member at Boston University since 2003.

Dr. Shenkin maintains private practices in pediatric dentistry in Augusta, and Waterville, Maine, and is well-known as a spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA) for pediatric dentistry topics. He regularly comments on public policy issues related to tobacco, unhealthy beverages, and a broad range of dental topics.

Dr. Shenkin’s early policy efforts centered on reducing the availability of soda in public schools. He was appointed to the Maine Legislature’s Commission to Study Public Health, and served as the chair of the subcommittee on Children, Nutrition and Schools. This role led to an invitation by the Institute of Medicine to serve on an expert panel on school nutrition.

Later policy efforts focused on banning smoking in cars with children, leading to the successful effort to ban smoking in cars in Bangor, Maine, the first city in the nation to do so. He later led the successful effort on the state level in Maine.

His current interests are in clinical decision making by pediatric and general dentists. He continues his long term interest in reducing the dental disease risk among young children.

Dr. Shenkin currently serves as chair of the ADA’s Council on Communications for 2012-13. He is a past president of the Maine Dental Association, and a longtime consultant on nutrition and community issues to the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations.

He earned a DDS from Columbia University in New York. He also received an MPH and Certificate in Health Care Finance and Management from Johns Hopkins University and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Iowa. He completed a dental public health residency at the National Institutes of Health.

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Founded in 1963, the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine is 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. With a faculty of more than 325 educators, clinicians, and researchers and more than 250 staff members, the School offers a full spectrum of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral specialty education programs and a complete range of graduate programs and degrees to more than 700 students.

 

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 16 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission. In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.

In Nursing Homes, an Epidemic of Poor Dental Hygiene

August 4th, 2013 in 2013, Blogs, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Judith Jones, New York Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Judith Jones, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Katherine Ford visited her father, Dean Piercy, a World War II veteran with dementia, at a nursing home in Roanoke, Va., for months before she noticed the dust on his electric toothbrush…

Expert quote:

“I always say you can measure quality in a nursing home by looking in people’s mouths, because it’s one of the last things to be taken care of. Aides change someone’s Depends, change a catheter or turn somebody every few hours, but teeth often don’t get brushed twice a day.”

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Another View: Dental hygienist bill does not address Maine’s oral health needs

June 18th, 2013 in 2013, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Jonathan Shenkin, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Jonathan Shenkin, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Maine dentists continue to correct misleading information disseminated by a number of interest groups, including the Pew Charitable Trusts, seeking to pass a bill to create a new dental provider type allowed to drill, fill and extract teeth and dispense medications without a dentist on site…

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Ask Well: Replacing a Dental Crown

May 10th, 2013 in 2013, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Dan Nathanson, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Gold crowns do not need to be replaced simply because they are decades old…

Expert quote:

“The additional loss of tooth structure by the drilling is negligible and inconsequential, versus no treatment.”

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