22 Researchers, Educators Honored at IU Dental School's 20th Annual Research Day

Award recipients, from left: Mohamad Khaled, Su Huang, Nawaf Labban, Matti Lynn, Katarzyna Pycinska, Melanie Davenport, Hani Ahdab, Katherine Hungate, Mo Pezeshk, Diana Wu, John Jeppson, Mary Ely (in front of Dr. Jeppson), and Ohio State University guest dental student Ying An. Not pictured: Emmanuel Bikorimana and Samira Taloue.

Congratulations to the 22 students and faculty whose work in research and teaching was cited for excellence at the IU School of Dentistry's 20th annual Research Day at the IUPUI Campus Center of April 16.

After introductory remarks by Dean John Williams and Dr. Jorge José, IU vice president for Research, the school welcomed IU Distinguished Emeritus Professor George Stookey, PhD (above), as a special guest. A world-renowned researcher, Dr. Stookey was invited back to Research Day this year in recognition of the event’s 20th anniversary. Formerly the dental school’s associate dean for research and director of the Oral Health Research Institute, Dr. Stookey pioneered Research Day in 1993. He first established ties to IUSD in the 1950s during Dr. Joseph Muhler’s clinical trials of the first successful stannous fluoride formula that became the active caries-prevention agent in Crest toothpaste. Since 2002 Stookey has served as president and CEO of Therametric Technologies, Inc., Noblesville, Ind.

In his remarks Dr. Stookey spoke of the role research plays in improving health, and he took the audience on a journey through Indiana history, noting key moments and people that contributed to substantial improvements in oral health over the decades – not just for Hoosiers, but for the nation and the world.

Dean Williams surprised Dr. Stookey by presenting him with a proclamation declaring April 16 as “George Stookey Research Day.” The Delta Dental Foundation, one of the dental school’s longest and most generous supporters of Research Day, renamed the award it presents to graduate students in honor of Dr. Stookey.

The dean then introduced keynote speaker Martha Somerman, DDS, PhD (above), director of the NIH’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. She discussed the institute’s role in advancing oral health as well as specific research areas of strength she sees for the IU School of Dentistry. Dr. Somerman was installed as NIDCR director in 2011, after having served since 2002 as dean of dentistry at the University of Washington. Her own area of research has focused on defining the key regulators controlling development, maintenance, and regeneration of tissues that form the dental-oral-craniofacial complex.

Altogether, 121 posters and clinical case reports were presented on wide-ranging topics pertinent to the field of dentistry. They may be accessed at this link.

During the awards program, longtime sponsors and exhibitors were presented with plaques in recognition of their invaluable support, which helps make Research Day possible each year.

Congratulations to each of the researchers and educators who were honored today:


Delta Dental Excellence in Research Award
Mary ELY
Administrative Assistant
Orthodontics and Oral Facial Development
Poster #13: Predictors of Difficulty on the National Board Dental Exam
Primary Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kelton Stewart, Orthodontics and Oral Facial Development 


Johnson & Johnson Undergraduate Student Award
IUPUI Student
Poster #43: Effects of Nicotine on Quorum Sensing in Streptococcus mutans
Primary Faculty Mentor: Dr. Richard Gregory, Oral Biology


Elizabeth A. Hughes Dental Hygiene Case Report Award
Melanie DAVENPORT and Matti LYNN
Class of 2012
Clinical Case #CC8: Non-Surgical Therapy on a Patient with Advanced Periodontitis
Mentor:  Prof. Melinda Meadows, Division of Dental Hygiene


Interschool Traveling Research Award
(a competition among students from the University of Louisville, University of Detroit Mercy, and The Ohio State University)
Ying AN
The Ohio State University
Poster #39: Prostacyclin Mediates the Neuroprotective Role of Cyclooxygenase-2
Primary Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ning Quan

Interschool Dental Student Research Award
(a competition among students from the three visiting dental schools and IU)
Katherine HUNGATE
Class of 2012
Poster #54: Inclusion of Second Molars and Outcomes of Orthodontic Treatment
Primary Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kelton Stewart, Orthodontics and Oral Facial Development

Cyril S. Carr Research Scholarship
Diana WU
Class of 2012

The Carr scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated overall excellence in research at the predoctoral level. The Carr awards committee cited Diana Wu for demonstrating true excellence in dental research throughout dental school, and for the impressive accomplishment of successfully balancing the demands of her research with her academic responsibilities – she is near the top of her class academically. She presented projects at the 2010 American Dental Research Association meeting in Washington, D.C., and at the 2011 International Dental Research Association meeting in San Diego, Calif. Her 2011 study, titled “Rotational Tendency Experienced by a Lateral Incisor During Space Closure,” received the Procter & Gamble Award for Excellence in Preventive Oral Health Care at Research Day last year. That award-winning study resulted in Ms. Wu being selected to represent the dental school at the annual Hinman Student Research Symposium in Memphis, Tenn. At 2012’s Research Day, Ms. Wu presented a poster (#60) titled “How to Prevent Tooth Rotation During Orthodontic Space Closure.”

Her research mentors during dental school have been Orthodontics and Oral Facial Development faculty Drs. Sean Liu, Jie Chen, and Kelton Stewart; and former department faculty member Dr. Serkis Isikbay.

Procter & Gamble Award for Excellence in Preventive Oral Health Care
Katarzyna PYCINSKA
Class of 2012
Poster #51: Comparison of Accuracy of Cast Duplication Using Thermoforming Material and Irreversible Hydrocolloid
Primary Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Platt, Division of Dental Biomaterials

Johnson & Johnson Student Research Award
Katherine HUNGATE
Class of 2012
Poster #54: Inclusion of Second Molars and Outcomes of Orthodontic Treatment
Primary Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kelton Stewart, Orthodontics and Oral Facial Development

American Dental Association/Dentsply International Student Clinician Award
Class of 2014
Poster #67: Oxidative Burst of Human Neutrophils Induced by Doxycycline-Containing Devices
Mentors: Dr. Marco Bottino, Division of Dental Biomaterials, Restorative Dentistry; and
Dr. Michael Kowolik, Periodontics and Allied Dental Programs

Indiana Dental Association Best Clinical Case Report Award
Class of 2012
Clinical Case #CC28: Clinical Case Presentation for Enamel Hypoplasia in Pediatric Patient
Primary Faculty Mentor: Dr. Judith Chin, Pediatric Dentistry


George K. Stookey Delta Dental Award for Innovation in Oral Care Research
PhD Student, Dental Science
Poster #5: BENS, Bone and Connective Tissue Regeneration Agent for Osteoporosis
Primary Faculty Mentor: Dr. L. Jack Windsor, Oral Biology

Shofu Graduate Student Award
Mohamed KHALED
Master’s Degree Student, Periodontics
Poster #32: Resolvin-Dl Blocks the Effects of Porphyromonas gingivalis on Human Gingival Fibroblasts
Primary Faculty Mentor: Dr. L. Jack Windsor, Oral Biology

Maynard K. Hine Award for Excellence in Dental Research
(for Best Research Manuscript)
Graduate of Periodontics Master’s Degree Program, 2011
Manuscript: Clinical and Histomorphometric Study of Calcium Sulfate Compared to Freeze -Dried Bone Allograft for Alveolar Ridge Preservation
Manuscript accepted by: Journal of Periodontology
Primary Faculty Mentor: Dr. Steven Blanchard, Periodontics and Allied Dental Programs

Indiana Dental Association Best Clinical Case Report Award
Master’s Degree Student, Endodontics
Clinical Case #CC25: Regenerative Treatment of a Trauma-Induced Necrotic Immature Tooth
Primary Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kenneth Spolnik, Endodontics


Shofu Postdoctoral Fellow Award
Postdoctoral Fellow, Oral Biology
Poster #12: Kalirin Decreases Bone Mass Through Effects on Osteoclasts and Osteoblasts
Primary Faculty Mentor: Dr. Angela Bruzzaniti, Oral Biology


Indiana University Trustees Teaching Awards
The IU Trustees Teaching Awards annually celebrate excellence in teaching in schools and units throughout the university. The dental school’s five recipients for 2012 are Drs. Judith CHIN and Dr. Joan KOWOLIK, Pediatric Dentistry; Dr. Laura ROMITO, Oral Biology; and Professors Lorinda COAN and Pamela RETTIG, Dental Hygiene. These professors will also be recognized at the IUPUI Chancellor's Academic Honors Convocation on April 19.

IUSD Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching
Judith CHIN
Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Chin’s Distinguished Faculty Award salutes in part her extensive efforts as one of the IU dental school’s leaders in service-learning education for IUSD’s students. She helped pioneer the IU dental school’s involvement in the American Dental Association Give Kids a Smile, and in 2008 she worked with the administration to attain affiliate status for the school in the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF). Since then the foundation has awarded her more than $368,000 in financial grants and donated dental supplies and equipment, which has been put to use in a wide variety of teaching settings locally, throughout the state, and abroad that bring students together with patients in need. The NCOHF named IUSD its Affiliate of the Year for 2012. Dr. Chin has also received funds from the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning that she used to bring a prototype of 3D dental haptic (virtual sense of touch) technology to the Indiana Dental Association Preclinical Laboratory. IU is serving as a testing site for the software prototype. She teaches in multiple courses throughout the curriculum and routinely receives high evaluations from students.

A dental graduate of IU, Dr. Chin earned her master’s degree in pediatric dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also completed an NIH postdoctoral fellowship in craniofacial anomalies at the University of California at San Francisco. She joined the full-time IU faculty in 2000.

IUSD Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award for Research
Assistant Professor of Oral Biology

Dr. Angela Bruzzaniti’s Distinguished Faculty Award focuses the spotlight on one of the IU dental school’s newer professors whose research career in the field of bone biology is thriving. She has published in high-ranking journals in the field of molecular and cellular biology, and is currently working on six research grants as either the principal investigator or a co-investigator. Her chief research interest is in the regulation of osteoclasts, the cells found in growing bone that resorb bony tissue.

In 2011, Dr. Bruzzaniti and one of her IU School of Medicine colleagues, Dr. Melissa Kacena of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, were awarded a five-year grant from the NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. With a grant of about $1.7 million, which the dental school and medical school share, they are studying the process of bone formation and the complex series of signals involved in bone growth and bone loss – protein signals that have often been likened to “on” and “off” switches that regulate bone. The long-term goal of such research is to help in the development of treatment therapies for osteoporosis and other bone-loss diseases.

Dr. Bruzzaniti holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience. Prior to her appointment at IU in 2008, she had served since 2000 as an associate research scientist at Yale University School of Medicine in the department of Orthopaedics and Cell Biology.

April 17, 2012

Special guest Dr. George Stookey
Special guest Dr. George Stookey
Keynoter Dr. Martha Somerman
Keynoter Dr. Martha Somerman
Dr. Judith Chin, honored for distinguished teaching
Dr. Judith Chin, honored for distinguished teaching
Dr. Angela Bruzzaniti, honored for distinguished research
Dr. Angela Bruzzaniti, honored for distinguished research