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Biologic and Materials Sciences and Division of Prosthodontics


  • The International Society for Antiviral Research is recognizing Dr. John Drach, Professor Emeritus and former chairman of the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences, the 2014 Gertrude B. Elion Memorial Lecture Award. This is the highest award given by this professional society to a senior scientist for outstanding career accomplishments, an excellent record of mentoring students and younger scientists, and emulating the spirit and standards set by Dr. Elion. Dr. Elion was an accomplished scientist and mentor who co-invented drugs to treat leukemia and herpes virus infections. She and co-workers also developed novel research methods that led to the development of the AIDS drug azidothymidine (AZT). She shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1988.
  • Congratulations to Jim Corson for winning a prestigious award at a recent scientific meeting. Jim, a research fellow with Robert Bradley , received the Polak Young Investigator Award at the Association for Chemoreception Sciences meeting in Florida. Jim presented new results using optogenetics to investigate brainstem circuits involved in taste sensation processing.
  • Congratulations to our faculty in Prosthodontics who were recognized by students as "Most Appreciated Faculty Member" in their respective clinics. Pros faculty were recognized in three of the four VIC clinics.
    • The "Most Appreciated Faculty Member" as voted by the Class of 2016 was Hal O'Kray
    • Our other award winners are: Furat George - 3 Green, Charlie Beard - 2 Blue, Elliott Hill - 3 Blue
    The students clearly recognize the efforts of our faculty. Great job, Hal, Furat, Charlie and Elliott.
  • Effective September 1, 2013, Dr. Won-Suck Oh was promoted to the rank of Clinical Professor of Dentistry, Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences.
  • Dr. Carl Pononcheff has completed the series of exams for the American Board of Prosthodontics and achieved diplomate status. Carl is a graduate of our Graduate Prosthodontics program. He maintains a practice in Lansing and remains active in the School of Dentistry as an Adjunct Clinical Lecturer. Congratulations to Carl.
  • U-M News Service, July 2013.  Jian Geng's research: The discovery of Robo 1 protein in the intestinal stem cells leads to tolerance of higher doses of chemoradiation in mice. 
  • Interview with Dr. Geoffrey Gerstner, co-author with Angela Lin, Tom Braun and James McNamara of a recent article, Esthetic Evaluation of Dynamic Smiles with Attention to Facial Muscle Activity, published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.
  • New BMS Administrative Manager!
    We are happy to announce that our new BMS Administrative Manager is Mr. Joel Clendenin. He has accepted our offer and plans to transition with Kumud starting June 10th.  Joel has just the right blend of skills and experiences we were looking for and also has a personality that will be a good match for our diverse department.
    For the past five years, Joel served as Manager of Sponsored Research Accounting at Eastern Michigan University. In this role he worked closely with faculty in multiple departments on pre and post award accounting and related HR activities. He managed a staff of seven individuals and was involved in budget planning for several departments and higher administration. Prior to his being appointed Manager of Sponsored Research Accounting, Joel was a grants and contracts accountant at EMU.
    While he has not worked in a department that has clinical responsibilities, Joel does have business experiences that will be helpful for our clinic faculty, staff and students. Before joining EMU, Joel had roles in accounting and management in a range of business endeavors.
  • Dr. Robert Bradley has been appointed by President Mary Sue Coleman to serve the University community as a Senior Fellow in the Society of Fellows. Senior fellows are U-M faculty members of outstanding intellectual stature, who enjoy national reputations as distinguished scholars, researchers or creative artists. Within the society, they help create a spirited intellectual community and serve as models and colleagues for U-M postdoctoral fellows, according to the Rackham Graduate School Web site. Senior fellows review candidates' application materials for U-M postdoctoral fellowships, select new fellows and play an important role in the annual selection of future senior fellows. The Society of Fellows, founded in 1970 with grants from the Ford Foundation and the Horace H. and Mary Rackham Funds, provides financial and intellectual support to individuals selected for professional promise and interdisciplinary interests.
  • Hologram-like 3-D brain helps researchers decode migraine pain - Video-article released about one of the studies in the DaSilva Headache & Orofacial Pain Effort (HOPE) lab.
  • Congratulations to our Prosthodontic faculty who were recognized at the Student Council Faculty Recognition Banquet on April 10, 2013. Specific congratulations to Dr. Furat George (3-Green Clinic), Dr. Hal O'Kray (2-Green Clinic), and Dr. Berna Saglik (2-Blue Clinic) for being recognized by the students as "most appreciated" faculty in their respective clinics this year. Well done by them as well as all our hard-working faculty in every clinic.
  • Congratulations to Alex DaSilva:  Migraine Pain App Wins 1st Place in U-M Tech Challenge.
  • Peter Ma  won the IADR Isaac Schour Memorial Award for 2013, and will also receive a Clemson Award from the Society for Biomaterials later this year.
  • Dec 2012 – Members of the American Association for Dental Research elected Paul Krebsbach as the AADR vice president for 2013-2014. He will take office at the conclusion of the 42nd AADR Annual Meeting, held in Seattle, Washington, March 20-23, 2013. Krebsbach is professor and chair, Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences, University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
  • Nov 2012 – A third-year student at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry recently won third place for her poster presentation at the annual session for the American College of Prosthodontists.  Her mentor was Renee Duff.
  • Nov 2012 – Nineteen U-M researchers were elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  David Kohn is honored for distinguished contributions to the fields of biomaterials and biomechanics, with particular emphasis on the restoration of mineralized tissues and characterization of their mechanical function.
  • Aug 2012 – Paul Krebsbach, U-M Dental School faculty member, joins Biointerfaces Institute at NCRC.
  • Chady Elhage, Prosthodontic Resident: U-M dentists help man get his true smile back - Ann
  • Congratulations to the BMS faculty who have been busy and successful obtaining new grants and awards.
    • Yuji Mishina - two year sub contract with Carnegie-Mellon from the Department of Defense
    • Peter Ma - two year award from Amgen Inc.
    • Peter Ma - three year award from the National Science Foundation
    • Peter Ma - 5 year, multiple PI award from the National Institutes of Health
    • Jian Geng - one year award from Sanofi-Aventis Pharaceuticals
    • Sanofi-Aventis also recently licensed one of Jian's patents and has used his technology to initiate a phase I clinical trial for hepatocellular carcinoma.
  • The dental students recently recognized the following faculty as the “Most Appreciated Faculty” in their respective clinics:
    • Hal O’Kray - 2 Green
    • Mark Snyder - 3 Blue
    • Furat George - 3 Green (runner up)
  • Dave Kohn will receive the Isaac Schour Memorial Award at the IADR meeting in Brazil.  This award is intended to confer the highest honor in the field of dental and craniofacial research and honor those scientists who, through research in this field, bring about significant advances in oral health.  Dave will also be inducted as a Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE), awarded by the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering.
  • Led by Berna Saglik, the team of Berna, Daler Tarrazzi and Renee Duff has been chosen to participate in the Strategies Toward Excellent Practices (STEP) 2012 Program at the University of Michigan.  The group will work with other colleagues across the university to develop new teaching strategies.  This group will work to improve clinical foundation knowledge and skills in prosthodontics.
  • Berna Saglik started her term in the American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) leadership Institute.  This program will provide Berna with opportunities to further develop her leadership skills. The program will also offer insights on legislative issues at the national and state levels. Berna will be expected to apply what she has learned to address key issues in dental education.
  • Fei Liu recently was awarded a 5-year investigator initiated R01 award from the NIH.
  • Peter Ma recently was awarded a 5-year research grant from the US Department of Defense.
  • Dave Kohn spearheaded an effort that resulted in the competitive renewal of our NIH supported T-32 award.   This large grant provides the funds to support, train and mentor the next generation of dental academic leaders.
  • Dr. Krebsbach wins IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Basic Research in Biological Mineralization
  • Dr. Charlotte Mistretta was recently recognized with the prestigious Kerry-Manheimer Award
  • Drs. Berna Saglik and Emily Giroux have been chosen as Clinical Faculty of the Year by their Clinics
  • Rackham Non-traditional Fellowship Awarded to First Year Resident Lisa Kane in Prosthodontic Graduate Program for 2010-2011
  • Dr. Krebsbach Honored in Fall Dental UM
  • Yi-Ming (Ben) Yang presents at the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontic Meeting in Chicago February 19-20, 2010
  • Lunch and Learn in Celebration of National Prosthodontics Week
  • Prosthodontics Awareness Week- March 7-13, 2010
  • Christian Stohler, DMD DR. MED. DENT. Recieves Distinguished Service Award
  • Robert Lorey, DDS, MS Inducted into the Dental Schools Hall of Honor

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