Category Archives: Research

UW Alumni Win the 2017 AAP Clinical Research Award

This year’s Clinical Research Award at the 2017 AAP Annual Meeting went to the paper “A randomized, controlled, multi-center clinical trial of post-extraction alveolar ridge preservation”, co-authored by the UW’s own Drs. Jim Janakievski, Bryan Pope and Steve Pickering. The paper’s authors were honored during the awards presentation on Saturday, September 9th.

Congratulations gentlemen!

 

 

The School of Dentistry and the Department of Periodontics Honor Dr. Roy C. Page

Roy C Page in front of the display case in his honor

Last Friday the School of Dentistry and the Department of Periodontics came together to celebrate Dr. Roy C. Page’s 50 years of service to dentistry by naming a laboratory in his honor and unveiling a display case showcasing some of his most important awards and achievements.

Dr. Roy C and Patricia Page with Dean Joel BergPrior to the unveiling ceremony, faculty, staff, students and alumni of the Department of Periodontics gathered with Dr. Page and his wife Patricia to reflect on his career at the UW.  Continue reading

UW Residents Present at the WSP Resident Symposium 2017

Residents from the UW, USC, OHSU and UBC gathered to share their research and clinical cases in Seattle.

Residents from the UW, USC, OHSU and UBC gathered to share their research and clinical cases in Seattle.

In conjunction with the annual scientific session, the Western Society of Periodontology hosted a Resident Symposium in Seattle on Friday, March 31st, 2017. Residents from a number of west coast dental schools, including UW, USC, OHSU and UBC gathered for an afternoon of presentations highlighting their research projects and clinical cases.

Drs. Mikhail Garibov and Alex Ko gave overviews of their respective research projects, and Drs. Ruby Lwo and Alaa Yassin each presented a compelling clinical case. Following the symposium, WSP held a reception for the presenters and attendees and all the residents enjoyed the chance to mingle with their colleagues from neighboring programs.

The Department of Periodontics Enjoys Success at Research Day 2017

Drs. Andrew Brodsky, Douglas Dixon and Mikhail Garibov at Research Day 2017.

Drs. Andrew Brodsky, Douglas Dixon and Mikhail Garibov at Research Day 2017.

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017 the Department of Periodontics was well represented at the School of Dentistry Research Day 2017 poster session with residents Andrew Brodsky, Mikhail Garibov, Alex Ko and Yu (Ruby) Lwo, as well as PhD candidates Shatha Bamashmous and Nutthapong (Tom) Kantrong (both in Dr. Rich Darveau’s lab), and SURF student Sesha Hanson-Drury (in Dr. Jeff McLean’s lab). You can read all of their abstracts in the official Research Day program here.

Drs. Douglas Dixon and Yu (Ruby) Lwo in front of Dr. Lwo's poster at Research Day 2017.

Drs. Douglas Dixon and Yu (Ruby) Lwo in front of Dr. Lwo’s poster at Research Day 2017.

We are proud to report that Dr. Tom Kantrong took first place in the Graduate Student Research Competition for his presentation entitled, Bacterial Internalization and Non-Canonical Toll-like Receptor 4(TLR4) are Required for Chemokine Ligand-8 (CXCL-8) Response by Oral Epithelial Cells.”   

Dr. Mikhail Garibov received third place for his presentation “Collagen Post-Translational Features are Conserved in Periodontal Ligament.”

In the Dental Student Research Competition, Sesha Hanson-Drury took third place for her presentation “Draft Genome Sequence of Tannerella forsythia Clinical Isolate 9610.”

Congratulations to all of our winners and participants!

 

 

Dr. Luciana Safioti Wins the Clinical Impact Award at the AAP

Dr. Luciana Safioti with her winning poster at the 2016 AAP meetingWe are proud to announce that recent grad Dr. Luciana Safioti (’16) won the prestigious Clinical Impact Award at this year’s AAP meeting in San Diego. She presented her project “Increased Levels of Titanium are Associated with Peri-Implantitis” during the Research Forum Oral Session on Sunday, September 11th. Congratulations to Dr. Safioti, and to her UW mentors Ms. Diane Daubert and Dr. Georgios Kotsakis (Department of Periodontics) and Drs. Alexander Pozhitkov and Whasun Chung (Department of Oral Health Sciences).

New Scientist Magazine Interviews Dr. Jeff McLean

Recently, our own Dr. Jeff McLean had a chance to present at the annual meeting of the American Society of Microbiologists in Boston on his groundbreaking discovery of a parasitic bacteria that lives in saliva. After his talk, New Scientist magazine interviewed him about his work, writing

“McLean and his colleagues discovered the organisms by searching for bacterial strains in human saliva samples. Analysing the DNA of all the species they managed to grow from these samples, they came across a mystery fragment of genetic material. This piece of RNA had been discovered by other researchers before, but no one could tell what organism it came from.

McLean’s team has now shown that this RNA belongs to a bacterium that lives on another species, Actinomyces odontolyticus. When the researchers viewed this species under the microscope, they found that the cells were covered with much smaller bacteria – the first species ever discovered to parasitise another bacterium.”

You can read the whole article here, including the discovery’s potential implications for periodontal health. Way to go Dr. McLean!

UW Periodontics at the Academy of Osseointegration

The UW Department of Periodontics was well represented at this year’s Academy of Osseointegration annual meeting, held February 17-20, 2016 in San Diego.

Diane Daubert and Mitch Katafuchi at the AO meeting

Diane Daubert and Mitch Katafuchi after Dr. Katafuchi’s Oral Presentation on Peri-implantitis

Third year resident Dr. Mitch Katafuchi presented during the Oral Clinical Research Presentations, giving a talk on “A Cross-Sectional Radiographic Analysis of Implant-Supported Restoration Contour Related to Peri-implantitis”.

Diane Daubert, RDH, MS gave a lecture on Saturday during the TEAM program – her course entitled “Peri-implantitis: Prevalence, Etiology and Non-surgical Treatment” was well received by the attendees.

Drs. Brian Brancheau and Mitch Katafuchi

Dr. Brian Brancheau (UW Perio 2015) and Dr. Katafuchi had a chance to catch up at the AO meeting as well.

Research Day 2015

The Department of Periodontics was well-represented at this year’s School of Dentistry Research Day, held on September 25th, 2015. During the Oral Session, Dr. Jeffrey McLean gave a presentation on “Disrupting Microbial Social Networking #Epic.Oral.Fail”.

In the Poster Session that followed, Mikhail Garibov gave a presentation on “Post-translational Collagen Synthesis in Human and Murine Periodontal Ligament Tissue”, while Alex Ko and Ruby Lwo presented on “Characterization of Mucosal Associated Invariant T (MAIT) Cells in the Oral Mucosa”.

Dr. Doug Dixon, Dr. Mikhail Garibov, Dr. Tracy Popowics stand in front of their research poster

Left to right: Dr. Douglas Dixon, Dr. Mikhail Garibov, Dr. Tracy Popowics. Drs. Dixon and Popowics were Co-PIs on the project.

Dr. Jeffrey McLean, Dr. Alex Ko, Dr. Ruby Lwo and Dr. Douglas Dixo stand in front of their research poster. Drs. Dixon and McLean were Co-PIs on the poster.

Left to right: Dr. Jeffrey McLean, Dr. Alex Ko, Dr. Ruby Lwo and Dr. Douglas Dixon. Drs. Dixon and McLean were Co-PIs on the poster.