A Salute to the Winners at the AADOCR Annual Meeting

Dr. Cun-Yu Wang with Award
Dr. Cun-Yu Wang, Chair of the Division of Oral and Systemic Health Sciences, received the AADOCR Irwin D. Mandel Distinguished Mentoring Award
March 13, 2023

Three UCLA School of Dentistry researchers were honored at the 52nd American Association of Dental, Orofacial, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) Annual Meeting and Exhibition, March 13-18 in Portland, Ore., while another was nominated for an important organizational leadership position.

The three Bruin awardees are:
Dr. Cun-Yu Wang, Chair of the Division of Oral and Systemic Health Sciences and Dr. No-Hee Park Endowed Chair in Dentistry
AADOCR Irwin D. Mandel Distinguished Mentoring Award

Dr. Karolina Kaczor Urbanowicz, Adjunct Assistant Family
National Student Research Group Mentor Award

Jaclyn Chalmers, D.D.S. ‘24
AADOCR Student Research Day Awards
for Further Evaluation of the Role of MMP-9 in Periodontitis

In addition, Associate Dean of Research Dr. Yvonne Hernandez-Kapila was nominated as one of three candidates for AADOCR vice-president; member voting will take place in the near future.

Chalmers was one of 12 School-affiliated researchers – including dental students, residents, postgraduates, and faculty members – who presented their discoveries during the conference. The full schedule of UCLA Dentistry presenters is listed below.

Other UCLA School of Dentistry touch-points during AADOCR included a booth space on the floor of the Oregon Convention Center where attendees could ask questions about the School’s grant-funded research programs, or simply pick up some fun, branded promotional items.

Finally, no professional conference is complete without a networking component. On Thursday, March 16, Dr. Hernandez-Kapila and school of Dentistry Dean Dr. Paul Krebsbach hosted a mixer at the Duniway Hotel. The School’s traveling delegation as well as alumni based in the Pacific Northwest gathered for hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and conversation about the robust research initiatives underway at UCLA.

UCLA School of Dentistry Presenters at AADOCR 2023

DatetimenamePresentation TitleOCC Room Location
Tuesday, March 143:30 p.mYan WangThe Impact of Alcohol Used Disorder on Oral Diseases Among MSM Who Are Living with HIVE145
Wednesday, March 158 a.m.Yvonne Hernandez-KapilaSetting the Geroscience Scene: Biologic Mechanisms of Aging and Oral Health SignificanceB113
 9:45 a.m.Diana V. MessadiPemphigus and Pemphigoid: Pemphigus & Pemphigoid: Pathology, Diagnosis and Clinical ManagementD137
 10:25 a.m.Eunbin BaeEffect of Anti-VEGF Antibody on Osteomucosal Healing Following Tooth-Extraction in MiceD139
Thursday, March 168 a.m.Kathryn AtchisonBehavioral and Social Aspects of Aging and Oral Health SignificanceB113
 8:10 a.m.Jackie ChalmersFurther Evaluation of The Role of MMP-9 In PeriodontitisF150
 8:30 a.m.Liana SheilyLight-Cured Fluoride Varnish’s Effect on Remineralizing Enamel and Decreasing PathogenicityB114
 2:40 p.m.Pachiyappan KamarajanNisin Promotes Oral, Prostate, Colon, Breast, Thyroid and Lung Anticancer ActivityD139
Friday, March 178:20 a.m.Julie KimEffect of COMORAL®, the Multi-Channeled Oral Irrigation (MCOI) Unit, in Preventing Plaque Formation and GingivitisD138
 8:30 a.m.Francisco Ramos-GomezReducing Children’s Oral Health Disparities: BEECON Trial Qualitative FindingsE145
Saturday, March 188:50 a.m.Allan RadaicStreptococcal Metabolites Modulate OSCC Gene Expression and Promote Anticancer ActivityD139
 10:15 a.m.Da Hae JungCytotoxic Effects of Ca2+ Ions on Dental Pulp CellsD135
 10:45 a.m.Yan WangThe Impact of AUD on Oral Diseases Among HIV-infected MSME145