Research Newsletter of the UIC College of Dentistry June 8, 2004 Issue No. 6 UPCOMING EVENTS Special Guest Lecture June 17 at 12:30 pm (LHN) by Dr. Maria Worsham, Director of Cancer Genetics Research at Henry Ford Hospital and professor of Pathology at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Her talk is sponsored by CMBOD and entitled "Molecular Modeling Strategies for Diagnosis and Prognosis in Head and Neck Cancer." The Thirteenth Annual Research Symposium presented by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Friday, June 18, 2004. Mahmood F. Mafee, MD, Professor of Radiology, UIC College of Medicine will discuss, "The Role of Oral and Maxillofacial Magnetic Resonance Imaging." Keynote Presentation: 9:00 am-12:00 Noon. Resident Presentations: 1:15 - 4:00 pm (LHN). NIH-Sponsored On-line Grant Writing Skills Workshop in June. Sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, this series of workshops are being held every Wednesday in June (12:00- 1:30 pm Central). For more information and to register, go to: http://tinyurl.com/26egt. UIC-sponsored Grant Writing Courses Offered Summer and Fall. Course entitled, "Mastering Grant Writing: How to Write a Winning Grant Proposal." The summer session will cover writing for the non-profit sector, the fall session will cover academic research grants. Course size is limited. Go to: http://www.uic.edu/depts/oee/writers. NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS UIC Makes Strong Showing at IADR Hawaii in March. Besides presenting over 50 papers, faculty and students also took part in some island hospitality and the opportunity to socialize with colleagues over umbrella drinks! UIC College of Dentistry Now in Top 15 of NIH-Funded Dental Institutions. Based on NIH funding awards in FY 2003, UIC-COD now ranks 14th in the nation in research, a rise from 16th place last year. Campus Visit by Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak, Director, NIDCR, Dr. Larry Tabak visited COD on May 4 to learn more about our research activities and educational programs. The day included lab tours, meetings, and a seminar presentation. Dr. Tabak especially enjoyed visiting with our students and post-docs. Thank you to everyone who helped out that day! Dr. Lin Tao's Work Makes Headlines Worldwide. Dr. Tao's work on Lactobaccilus strains that may inhibit HIV transmission through mother's milk received worldwide attention in June, with the story carried on the CNN and BBC web channels, as well as Y ahoo headlines and a Chinese newspaper. As this goes to press, the Chicago Sun Times has just interviewed Dr. Tao for an forthcoming article. Chewing Gum Study Highlighted. Articles on Dr. Christine Wu's clinical study of Wrigley's cinnamon-flavored Big Red gum appeared in the Chicago Sun Times and UIC Press in April. Dr. Min Zhu was a key investigator and coordinator of this study. Reminder on Grant Renewals and Submissions. Now is a good time for Principal Investigators to check to see when their annual grant renewals are due and to make sure they submit the documentation required by the granting agency and the university. Also, faculty planning to submit grants soon should make themselves familiar with the Fed's new on-line E -snap submission system. If you have further questions or need help with a submission, see Virginia Buglio in Office of Research (Room 402C, x. 6-1027). New IRB Forms. OPRS and the UIC IRB have updated their applications forms, posted on the OVCR Web site at http://www.research.uic.edu/protocolreview/irb/forms/index.shtml. OPRS will no longer accept the "old" application forms after September 14, 2004. Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious new CAREER awardees. This Presidential Award is the highest U.S. honor bestowed on scientists and engineers beginning their careers and comes with a minimum $400,000 grant. Proposal Deadline: July 20, 2004 (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time). Go to: http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf02111 Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation Grants are available for $50,000-$1,000,000 per year for projects in children's oral health. Letters of Inquiry are due July 6, 2004. Details are available at: http://www.charityadvantage.com/ilchf/images/oral%20health%20rfp%206-1-04.pdf PRESENTATIONS, AWARDS, AND ACHIEVEMENTS Mina Chung won the IADR Education Research Group's Student Award for 2004 at the March meeting in Hawaii for her poster, "Dental and Medical Students' Understanding of Infant Oral Health." Dr. Linda Kaste is her mentor. Dr. Liu Hong was a finalist for the Hatton Award at IADR. He was also recently awarded grants from the Whitaker Foundation and the March of Dimes for his research on applying tissue engineering to cranial sutures. UIC-COD Students Win Young Investigators Awards from the Chicago Section of the American Association for Dental Research. Above photo shows recipients and their research advisors. (Left to right: Lin Tao, Sarah Carlson, Tanvi Mehta, Anne George, Jianjun Hao). We're proud of you! Sarah Carlson, a D-2 student, won First Place in the 'Graduate College Award' category at the Sigma Xi research forum for her paper, "Lactobacillus Lectin as a Natural HIV Trap." Dr. Lin Tao is her mentor. Sean Holliday, third year orthodontic resident, was awarded third place in the Resident Clinician Scholars Program at the 2004 meeting of the American Association of Orthodontists in Orlando. His research advisor is Thomas Diekwisch. Conference Paper Wins Section Prize. "Latino Views on the Relationship of Diabetes and Periodontal Diseases" by Anne Koerber, Esther Vega, Khatija Noorullah, Izadora Torres, John Crawford, Linda Kaste, and Karen Peters was presented in Los Angeles for the National Oral Health Conference, as well as at the CDC Diabetes Translation Conference held in Chicago where it won first prize in the Communications section. Degrees Earned. Graduate assistants Izadora Torres and Thelmare Varnado graduated in May with MPH degrees, and Beth Saberbein, a volunteer for Dr. Koerber, graduated with a BS degree. Beth will enter the College of Dentistry this fall. John P. Zarb was invited to present a paper entitled "Diagnostic Codes for Prosthodontics: A critical component of the electronic patient record" at the 86th Annual Scientific Session of the Academy of Prosthodontics held in May. The meeting took place in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Anne George presented a paper entitled, "Self-assembled protein matrix serves as a novel scaffold for in-vitro mineralization and cellular modulation" at the 7th World Biomaterial Conference May 17-21, co-authored with G. He. Christine Wu, along with Dr. Keith Singletary, the Director of UIUC/UIC's Functional Foods for Health Program and Dr. John Erdman, Nutrition Research Chair, Dept. of Food Science and Human Nutrition at UIUC, were three of the eight speakers at the International Symposium of Functional Foods for Health in Taiwan, May 25th and 27th, 2004. Dr. Wu presented and promoted the oral health benefits of functional foods. Dr. Wu also recently attended the International Society of Breath Odor Research annual meeting in London, UK. New advances in etiology, treatments, and diagnosis of halitosis were discussed. The society has proposed to hold its upcoming 2006 meeting in Chicago! Carla Evans was elected Member-at-Large at the AADR Council meeting in Honolulu. She will attend the AADR- IADR Board meetings for three years. Al Obrez was elected Treasurer of the Chicago Section of the American Association for Dental Research. CURRENT RESEARCH New Projects Procter and Gamble Clinical Study. A team from Periodontics is conducting a 60-subject, double-blind, crossover clinical study testing the efficacy of an electric toothbrush. Dr. Wu is the PI, Dr. Min Zhu, the project coordinator and Dr. Nakib, the Clinical investigator. Currently the trial is taking place in the Faculty Practice Clinic, but a permanent clinical study facility for the college is in the planning!! New Publications (March 2004 - May 2004) WD Bradford, LM Kaste, PJ Nietert, "Continuity of medical care, health insurance, and nonmedical advice in the first three years of life." Medical Care 2004, 42(1):91-98. SM Walton, GR Byck, JA Cooksey, LM Kaste, "Assessing differences in hours worked between male and female dentists: An analysis of cross-sectional national survey data from 1979 through 1999." JADA 2004, 135:637-645. Jianjun Hao, Bingshuang Zou, Karthikeyan Narayanan and Anne George, "Differential expression patterns of the dentin matrix proteins during mineralized tissue formation." Bone 2004, 34:6, 921-932. T Mayo, LM Kaste, BS Graham, "Existing community dental education programs: What can we learn?" CDS Review May/June 2004:22-26. Anne Koerber, Sangeeta Gajendra, Reginald Fulford, Ellen BeGole and Carla Evans, "An exploratory study of orthodontic resident communication by patient race and ethnicity." JDE May 2004:553-562. Submissions. Please submit your news items as an E-mail attachment to Shannon Dawdy <email@example.com> at the COD Office of Research. Also, contact Shannon to become a subscriber to this list, x. 3-1160.