Global Health Nexus, Spring 1999

NIDCR Staff Make Visits to NYU Dentistry

Dr. Alice M. Horowitz recently visited the College of Dentistry and spoke to faculty and students about "The Gap Between What We Know and What We Do: Oral Cancer." Dr. Horowitz is senior scientist, Office of the Director, at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Her visit was sponsored by the NYU Minority Oral Health Research Center (MOHRC). Dr. Horowitz noted that less than 7 percent of U.S. adults have an oral cancer exam annually. But perhaps the biggest surprise was the finding that ENT specialists were significantly more likely than dentists to diagnose oral cancer. The NIDCR is currently working with the American Cancer Society on a campaign to educate the public about the importance of having an oral cancer exam and what specific things to expect during the exam.

Earlier in the year Dr. Norman S. Braveman, assistant director of the NIDCR, had visited the College as a guest of the MOHRC. His talk, entitled "The Jawbone is Connected to the Legbone," focused on the connection between oral and systemic health. Dr. Braveman outlined numerous research opportunities available to NYU Dentistry staff and complimented the College on its fine work in the Minority Oral Health Research Center.