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Dr. Sylvia Frazier-Bowers, assistant professor, has received a grant from the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED) titled “Genetic Determinants of the Phenotypic Variance in Ectodermal Dysplasias and Non-Syndromic Tooth Agenesis.” The goal of this proposal is to identify novel genes that are responsible for variability in the number of missing teeth in people with ectodermal dysplasia (a syndrome that includes missing teeth) and in people without this syndrome who also have missing teeth.

Dr. H. Garland Hershey, professor, served as a site visit chairman and was named as a consultant to the Commission on Dental Accreditation and Licensure for the American Dental Association (ADA). Hershey now serves on the ADA’s Review Committee on Postdoctoral General Dentistry Education, and on the National Advisory Board for the Institute for Health Protection.

Dr. Ching-Chang Ko, associate professor, has been awarded a K08 grant, “Engineering a New Biomaterial for Stem-Cell Mediated Bone Regeneration, ”from the NIDCR. In addition, Ko has received a grant from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center for the development of the gelatin modified sol gel technology required for the synthesis of the bioceramic materials. This project is being conducted with Dr. Mark Luo, a materials chemist at North Carolina State University, and Dr. Timothy Turvey, chairman of the School of Dentistry’s Department of  Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Ceib Phillips, professor, was named interim department chair after Dr. Camilla Tulloch stepped down from this role on Oct. 3, 2008. Phillips also recently received the 2008 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation (OMSF) Research Recognition Award. The award was presented at the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons’ (AAOMS) annual meeting in Seattle in September 2008. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the specialty through their participation in and support of research. Phillips, the first non-clinician and the first woman to receive this award, has collaborated with academic and community-based oral and maxillofacial surgeons on five clinical trial projects: four funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and one by industry. These projects have focused on improving the long-term outcomes following orthognathic surgery and assessing non-invasive therapies for   altered sensation. Phillips also was named the School’s first Working on Women in Science (WOWS) scholar, a campuswide initiative to support women in science.

Dr. Camilla Tulloch, immediate past chair, has been nominated for honorary membership in the British Orthodontic Society “in recognition of distinguished service to this society and to orthodontics in the USA.” In addition, she will present the Alton Moore Lecture at the University of Washington in honor of the graduation of the Class of 2008 and was selected for the Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation of Saint Louis University’s Merit Award “in recognition of exceptional achievement in orthodontics or associated sciences.”