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The Case for Having Dentists on Your Cancer Care Team

The Case for Having Dentists on Your Cancer Care Team

Caring for your oral health before, during, and after cancer treatment—a growing focus at NYU College of Dentistry—can minimize complications

07/14/2022

Cancer treatment often takes a team of health professionals—oncologists, nurses, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, and social workers—to coordinate and provide comprehensive support for patients. At NYU, dentists are increasingly being considered an important part of the cancer care team. 

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$1.5M HRSA Grant Supports Training to Prepare Students to Care for Underserved Populations

$1.5M HRSA Grant Supports Training to Prepare Students to Care for Underserved Populations

06/22/2022

HRSA Grant Will Support Training for Dental and Dental Hygiene Students to Provide Oral Health Services for People with Disabilities, Expectant Mothers

NYU College of Dentistry has received a nearly $1.5 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to prepare dental and dental hygiene students to care for underserved populations, including people with disabilities and expectant mothers.

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Kara Margolis, MD

Dr. Kara Gross Margolis Named Associate Director for Clinical and Translational Research and Director for Brain Gut Research at the NYU Pain Research Center

06/15/2022

Kara Gross Margolis, MD, has been named associate director for clinical and translational research, and director for brain gut research at the NYU Pain Research Center, effective June 15, 2022. Dr. Margolis is a pediatric gastroenterologist with internationally recognized clinical expertise in brain-gut axis disorders including autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She has also been appointed a tenured associate professor of molecular pathobiology at NYU Dentistry.

Dr. Margolis has clinical expertise in disorders that affect the gut and brain, including disorders of gut brain interactions (DGBIs). Pain is the chief concern of many of her patients. She treats a wide variety of disorders including abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, eosinophilic esophagitis, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

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NYU Dentistry Research Explores Oral Health of Vulnerable Women During Pregnancy

NYU Dentistry Research Explores Oral Health of Vulnerable Women During Pregnancy

06/07/2022

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is funding research at NYU Dentistry to better understand the oral health of vulnerable pregnant women and the barriers they face to receiving dental care.

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Dr. Nicola Partridge Receives $2 Million NIH Grant—Will Mark 30+ Years of Continuous Funding for Parathyroid Hormone Research

Dr. Nicola Partridge Receives $2 Million NIH Grant—Will Mark 30+ Years of Continuous Funding for Parathyroid Hormone Research

05/26/2022

Nicola Partridge, PhD, professor of molecular pathobiology at NYU College of Dentistry, has received a $2 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

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Graduation 2022: Together Again

Graduation 2022: Together Again

05/23/2022

After two-plus years of hardships, quarantines, and physical distancing because of COVID-19, on May 23, 2022, NYU Dentistry was able to hold its first in-person graduation ceremony since May 2019.

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NYU Dentistry Dental Student Leadership Institute Selects Inaugural Class

NYU Dentistry Dental Student Leadership Institute Selects Inaugural Class

05/11/2022

New Program Aims to Develop Future Leaders for the Profession

Recognizing that dentistry and oral health face challenges and opportunities that will require exceptional leadership as we move forward in the 21st century, NYU Dentistry is prioritizing the development of DDS students to become future leaders for the profession.

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NYU Dentistry Performs First Dental Student-led Robot-assisted Dental Implant Surgery

NYU Dentistry Performs First Dental Student-led Robot-assisted Dental Implant Surgery

05/05/2022

Robotic technology enhances dental education and clinical practice

Dental students at NYU College of Dentistry became the first in the U.S. to perform dental implant surgery using state-of-the-art robotic technology.

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YU Dentistry Convenes 2nd AHEAD Symposium on Access and Care for People with Disabilities

NYU Dentistry Convenes 2nd AHEAD Symposium on Access and Care for People with Disabilities

04/06/2022

“Confidence, competence, and compassion.” These are three qualities dental providers need when caring for patients with disabilities, said Charles Bertolami, DDS, DMedSc, the Herman Robert Fox Dean of NYU College of Dentistry, speaking at the College’s second AHEAD symposium on April 5.

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Patients Reporting Penicillin Allergy Less Likely to Have Successful Dental Implants

Patients Reporting Penicillin Allergy Less Likely to Have Successful Dental Implants

04/06/2022

Antibiotic alternatives to amoxicillin linked to an increase in dental implant failure

Dental implants are more than twice as likely to fail in people who report an allergy to penicillin and are given alternative antibiotics, compared to those given amoxicillin, a new study by researchers at NYU College of Dentistry shows.

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Dalal Alhajji, DMD, MSD

Dr. Dalal Alhajji Receives ADA 10 Under 10 Award

03/15/2022

Dalal Alhajji, DMD, MSD, a clinical instructor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine at NYU College of Dentistry, has been named a recipient of the American Dental Association’s 10 Under 10 Award, which recognizes 10 new dentists who demonstrate excellence early in their careers.

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NYU Dentistry to Host Event on Disability and Health Policy—April 5

NYU Dentistry to Host Event on Disability and Health Policy—April 5

Second AHEAD symposium will virtually gather health professionals, policymakers, and the disability community to discuss improving access to oral health care for people with disabilities

NYU College of Dentistry will host its second AHEAD symposium—Achieving Health Equity through Access for All with Disabilities—focused on changes in policy and practice. The event will take place virtually on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 from 9 am to noon EDT, and will bring together experts in the areas of health care advocacy, access, and funding at the state and federal levels for people with disabilities.  

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Deepak Saxena and Xin Li

Evidence Grows for Vaping’s Role in Gum Disease

02/22/2022

Research confirms unique community of bacteria and immune responses among people who use e-cigarettes

A series of new studies by researchers at NYU College of Dentistry highlights how e-cigarettes alter oral health and may be contributing to gum disease. The latest, published in mBio, finds that e-cigarette users have a unique oral microbiome—the community of bacteria and other microorganisms—that is less healthy than nonsmokers but potentially healthier than cigarette smokers and measures worsening gum disease over time.

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Study Reveals How Migraine Pain Signals Are Generated—and Blocked

Study Reveals How Migraine Pain Signals Are Generated—and Blocked

02/03/2022

Activating CGRP receptors generates pain signals within Schwann cells, but blocking CGRP actions inside Schwann cells offers potential new treatments for migraine pain

An international team of researchers has discovered that Schwann cells—which are abundant in the peripheral nervous system and create a protective sheath around nerve fibers—play an essential role in migraine pain. Their study, conducted in mice and human Schwann cells and published in Nature Communications, illustrates how pain is signaled from within Schwann cells and finds several ways to block this signaling, providing potential targets for new migraine treatments.

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Study Reveals Mechanism for Colon Pain and Inflammation

Study Reveals Mechanism for Colon Pain and Inflammation

01/31/2022

“We identified not only where this receptor is in the digestive tract, but also how it signals inflammation and pain in the colon,” said Nigel Bunnett, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Molecular Pathobiology and the study's senior author.

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Dr. Spencer Wade

Dr. Spencer Wade Receives American Society of Dental Anesthesiologists Funding

01/13/2022

Dr. Spencer Wade, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, has received a grant from the American Society of Dental Anesthesiologists (ASDA) Education and Research Foundation to investigate the use of a multisensory room prior to general anesthesia induction for dental treatment in pediatric patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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Rajesh Khanna, PhD

Dr. Rajesh Khanna Named Director of the NYU Pain
Research Center

01/07/2022

Rajesh Khanna, PhD, an internationally known expert in pain research, has been named director of the NYU Pain Research Center, effective January 1, 2022.

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NYU Awarded $21 Million to Implement Program Addressing Family Maltreatment in the Army

NYU Awarded $21 Million to Implement Program Addressing Family Maltreatment in the Army

01/04/2022

Federal funding supports adoption of evidence-based model to evaluate and respond to incidents of family violence and abuse in the Army

The U.S. Army, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has awarded researchers at NYU College of Dentistry funding to implement an evidence-based program to assess and respond to incidents of family maltreatment in the military. The researchers will receive an estimated $21 million in federal funding over 10 years to support the Army in successfully adopting the model, which has been shown to improve fairness and reduce further maltreatment.

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Rajesh Khanna, PhD

New Non-Opioid Compound Provides Innovative Pain Relief

11/12/2021

Researchers are closer to developing a safe and effective non-opioid pain reliever after a study showed that a new compound they created reduces the sensation of pain by regulating a biological channel linked to pain.

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United Concordia Dental Charitable Fund to Support Veterans Oral Care Access Resource

United Concordia Dental Charitable Fund to Support Veterans Oral Care Access Resource

11/10/2021

Funding Will Provide Access to Dental Care for New York-Area Veterans

New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) has received a significant grant from United Concordia Dental Charitable Fund in support of its Veterans Oral Care Access Resource (VOCARE).

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NYU and the VA Launch Dental Program for Veterans

NYU Dentistry and the VA Launch Dental Program for Veterans

11/10/2021

On Monday, November 8, NYU College of Dentistry, in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, celebrated the official launch of a new program to increase Veterans’ access to dental care. The program, called VOCARE (Veteran Oral Care Access Resource), is part of the VA’s VETSmile pilot program.

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Wolfgang Liedtke, MD, PhD,

New Life for a Cancer Drug That Reprograms Pain Pathways to Treat Chronic Pain

11/01/2021

Chronic pain associated with nerve injury and chronic bone pain from metastatic cancer are unmet medical needs. A new study led by Wolfgang Liedtke, MD, PhD, an adjunct professor of molecular pathobiology at NYU Dentistry, identified the compound kenpaullone as a promising treatment that could be repurposed to alleviate pain. Kenpaullone functioned as an analgesic in preclinical models of pain in a new study published in Nature Communications.

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VOCARE: Veterans Oral Care Access Resource

NYU Dentistry Partners with VA to Provide Dental Care to Veterans

08/26/2021

NYU Dentistry has been selected by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to implement its new initiative, Veterans Oral Care Access Resource (VOCARE), as part of VA’s VETSmile pilot program.

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NYU Dentistry’s Saturday Academy Honored

NYU Dentistry’s Saturday Academy Honored with INSIGHT Into Diversity’s 2021 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award

08/19/2021

NYU College of Dentistry’s Saturday Academy has been named a recipient of the 2021 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education.

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Dr. Aditi Bhattacharya

Dr. Aditi Bhattacharya Awarded NIH grant to Study Oral Cancer Pain

08/19/2021

Aditi Bhattacharya, BDS, MDS, PhD, has been awarded a two- year grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study oral cancer pain.

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Dr. Leena Palomo

Dr. Leena Palomo Named Chair, Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry

07/15/2021

Dr. Leena Palomo, an accomplished dental educator, clinician, and researcher, has been named chair of the Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at NYU Dentistry, effective September 1, 2021.

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NYU Dentistry Receives Gift from BioHorizons to Expand Access, Education for Implant Dentistry

NYU Dentistry Receives Gift from BioHorizons to Expand Access, Education for Implant Dentistry

06/01/2021

Funding and Products Will Support Patient Care and Continuing Education Programs

NYU College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) has received major funding and in-kind support from BioHorizons Implant Systems, Inc. to make dental implants more accessible for patients in need and enhance the College’s continuing education programs. BioHorizons, part of Henry Schein, Inc., is a leading global provider of dental implant and tissue regeneration products.

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prOHmotion

NYU Dentistry to Host Oral Health Policy and Research Symposium–June 11

05/17/2021

Virtual event marks inaugural symposium for NYU Dentistry Center for Oral Health Policy and Management

The NYU Dentistry Center for Oral Health Policy and Management will host the PROHmotion Symposium — Policy & Research in Oral Health: Moving Forward — on Friday, June 11, 2021 from 10 am to 3 pm ET. The virtual event will bring together experts in health policy, education, research, leadership, and advocacy to discuss how these fields intersect and to explore actions to advance dentistry’s ability to fulfill its responsibilities for the overall well-being of the public.

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Imbalance in Gum Bacteria Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease Biomarker

Imbalance in Gum Bacteria Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease Biomarker

04/12/2021

Increases in “bad” bacteria and decreases in “good” bacteria in gums associated with amyloid beta

Older adults with more harmful than healthy bacteria in their gums are more likely to have evidence for amyloid beta—a key biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease—in their cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), according to new research from NYU College of Dentistry and Weill Cornell Medicine. However, this imbalance in oral bacteria was not associated with another Alzheimer’s biomarker called tau.

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Dr. Ross Kerr

Dr. Ross Kerr Wins All-University Distinguished Teaching Award

04/08/2021

Dr. Ross Kerr, clinical professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine, is one of only six teachers University-wide to be selected to receive a 2020-2021 Distinguished Teaching Award.

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What NYU Researchers Have Learned About Vaccine Acceptance and Hesitancy

What NYU Researchers Have Learned About Vaccine Acceptance and Hesitancy

04/01/2021

Past and ongoing studies provide important insights for COVID-19 vaccination in the U.S. and around the world

COVID-19 vaccines are currently in high demand, with many Americans competing for scarce appointments in a process that’s been likened to the Hunger Games. But as vaccine supply increases in the U.S. and around the world, public health officials are concerned that hesitancy to get the vaccine will put a damper on this demand and keep us from reaching herd immunity.

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Targeted Opioid

Targeted Opioid That Hones in on Inflamed Tissues Stops Colitis Pain Without Side Effects

03/31/2021

Study in Mice Points to Promising Treatment for Pain in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

A targeted opioid that only treats diseased tissues and spares healthy tissues relieves pain from inflammatory bowel disease without causing side effects, according to new research published in the journal Gut.

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Lemurs Can Sniff Out Hidden Fruit from Afar

Lemurs Can Sniff Out Hidden Fruit from Afar

03/15/2021

Lemurs use olfactory cues carried by the wind to locate cantaloupe hidden in the forest

Lemurs can use their sense of smell to locate fruit hidden more than 50 feet away in the forest—but only when the wind blows the fruit’s aroma toward them, according to a study published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

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Advanced technology provides educational opportunity, enhances clinical practice

NYU Dentistry Becomes One of the First Dental Schools in the World to Implement Robot-assisted Dental Implant Surgeries

03/08/2021

Advanced technology provides educational opportunity, enhances clinical practice

New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) has become only the third U.S. dental school to acquire, install, and use two surgical robotic devices for dental implant surgeries.

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School-based Dental Program

School-based Dental Program Reduces Cavities by More than 50 Percent

03/01/2021

Study of nearly 7,000 elementary school students demonstrates success of school-based model and its potential to reduce health disparities and save federal dollars

A school-based cavity prevention program involving nearly 7,000 elementary school students reduced cavities by more than 50 percent, according to a study led by researchers at NYU College of Dentistry. The findings are published March 1 in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

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Brian Schmidt (left) and Donna Albertson (right)

NYU Oral Cancer Center Awarded NIH Grant to Study Interplay Between Oral Cancer and Nerves

02/01/2021

Research to investigate sensitization and activation of “capsaicin receptor” on pain-sensing nerves by cancer mediators, and how these nerves promote cancer progression

NYU Oral Cancer Center has been awarded a five-year, $3.1 million grant (R01 CA231396) by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The principal investigators, Donna Albertson, PhD, and Brian Schmidt, DDS, MD, PhD, seek to improve oral cancer treatment and alleviate pain by better understanding how a subset of nerves that possess a receptor called TRPV1 on the cell membrane contribute to cancer progression and pain.

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NYU Dentistry Awarded $1.9 Million NIH Grant to Study Mitochondrial Changes Behind Stroke and Heart Attack

NYU Dentistry Awarded $1.9 Million NIH Grant to Study Mitochondrial Changes Behind Stroke and Heart Attack

02/01/2021

Deeper Understanding of Molecular Mechanisms Underlying These Changes Could Lay the Foundation for Drug Discovery

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded NYU College of Dentistry’s Evgeny Pavlov a grant to study a phenomenon called mitochondrial permeability transition, one of the central causes of tissue damage during stroke and heart attack. The five-year, $1.9 million grant (R35GM139615) begins February 1.

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NYU Dentistry Awarded NIH Grant to Investigate Oral Cancer Pain Treatment Utilizing Co-delivery of DNA and RNA

NYU Dentistry Awarded NIH Grant to Investigate Oral Cancer Pain Treatment Utilizing Co-delivery of DNA and RNA

01/28/2021

Clinician-scientists Seiichi Yamano and Brian Schmidt to further novel gene therapy strategy to treat oral cancer pain

NYU College of Dentistry clinician-scientists Seiichi Yamano and Brian Schmidt have set out to develop a new class of medicines using gene therapy to effectively and safely treat oral cancer pain. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded the researchers a five-year, $3,276,000 grant (R01DE029694) to test whether nonviral co-delivery of DNA and RNA will safely alleviate oral cancer pain.

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Center for Oral Health Policy and Management

NYU Dentistry Launches Center for Oral Health Policy and Management

01/26/2021

Center to Cultivate New Leaders, Foster Dialogue, and Use Research to Develop Oral Health Policy Agenda

New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) has announced the creation of the NYU Dentistry Center for Oral Health Policy and Management, an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary think tank that focuses on oral health policy and management in the 21st century.

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