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Fifteen restaurant chefs, 13 novice chefs and five sponsors have signed on to participate in The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston’s first “Texas Taste Teaser” fundraiser, set for 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16 at The Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley University Life Center, 7440 Cambridge St. in Houston.  The event co-chairs include Modern Luxury Houston Publisher Peter Remington, "Texas Tooth Lady" and UTSD alumna Terri Alani, DDS; and Yasmine Haddad, DDS, PhD, of the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences at UTSD.

Celebrity judges will include Miss Texas United States Rachel Ashley, KHOU anchor Len Cannon, Fox26 morning anchor Rita Garcia, Modern Luxury Houston editor Jeff Gremillion and former Houston Oiler Dan Pastorini. 

Winners of the 2015 Scientific Table Clinics at the Star of the South Dental Meeting have been announced, with students and residents from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston taking top awards. Dr. Lyndsey Wang, a resident in UTSD’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program, won theEdward J. Cooksey Award for “All About Coagulants.” Wang’s faculty sponsor was Dr. Sudarat Kiat-amnuay. It is the top award for general dentists or specialists and recognizes excellence in scientific table clinic presentation. Third-year dental student Brian Patterson, sponsored by Dr. Juliana Barros, won the SCADA Award for “The Effect of Resin Infiltration on White Spot Lesions in Orthodontic Deband Patients: An Esthetics Approach.” The SCADA Award is sponsored by the American Dental Association and Dentsply North America and is awarded to winners of U.S. dental school research competitions.

Student members of the Pediatric Education Dental Society (P.E.D.S.) of The University of Texas School of Dentistry volunteered to provide free dental screenings at various locations in Houston where the Colgate Mobile Dental Van was visiting in February.  Alex Barrera, Meredith Williams, Cleona Oliver, Megan Bender, Jenni Laurence, Helia Koleini, Wajiha Khan and Erika Mendez participated in the project.

Patient Services Director Kim Chambers has announced the hiring of two new employees in her division.  James Ray, RDA, will serve as patient care coordinator for the Yellow Practice, and Shannan Hodges is the new support assistant for the Urgent Care Clinic and Health Information Management.

University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston dental students Christopher Thompson, Justin Tullis and Jeffrey Dyke joined Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery faculty member Trevor Treasure, DDS, MD, for a Chasquis Craniofacial medical mission trip to Lima, Peru in early March to treat cleft lip, cleft palate and craniofacial syndrome patients at Hospital Nationale Archbishop Loayza. A total of 10 patients had major reconstructive jaw and facial surgery to treat their conditions with operations lasting up to five hours. Chasquis Craniofacial is a humanitarian organization formed by Treasure and two oral surgery colleagues, Jeffrey S. Dean, DDS, MD, and Robert D. Gear, Jr., DMD, MD. They organize annual mission trips to Peru, sending health professionals, students and community volunteers to help the poor.

Associate Professor Ariadne Letra, DDS, PhD, of the Department of Endodontics and the Center for Craniofacial Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry has won second prize in the “Power of Oral Health Research Video Contest” co-sponsored by The Friends of the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research and the DentaQuest Foundation.  Letra’s video, “Tooth Agenesis as a Clinical Marker for Colon Cancer,” describes an NIDCR-funded study currently underway at the School of Dentistry. Letra is principal investigator, and Assistant Professor Xiaoming Liu, PhD, of the UTHealth School of Public Health, is a co-investigator. They are looking for genetic links between tooth agenesis (congenitally missing teeth) and colon cancer — conditions which have been shown to occur together in some families. The study will use patient data from the National Institutes of Health Colorectal Cancer Family Registry. 

Ian Healy, DDS, of The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston Class of 2013, is now an orthodontic resident at the University of Tennessee, where he and a fellow resident, Dr. Tyler Allen, gained national attention in February for breaking the world record for one-handed catches of a football in less than one minute.  It was a record NFL players Odell Beckham Jr. and Drew Brees set less than two weeks before, when Beckham made 31 one-handed catches in less than a minute live on ESPN. In USA Today's post of the future orthodontists’ video, Healy is seen catching 41 passes – one-handed and without gloves – in less than one minute.