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April 16 Texas Taste Teaser Reservations: Easy and Online

Texas Taste Teaser Co-Chairs Yasmine Haddad, Peter Remington and Terri Alani, in western attire and chef's aprons.

Texas Taste Teaser co-chairs (from left) are Yasmine Haddad, DDS, PhD, of the UTSD faculty; "Modern Luxury Houston" Publisher Peter Remington; and "Texas Tooth Lady" Terri Alani, DDS, a UTSD alumna.  Al Torres Photography, Inc.

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.  Read more

 

Dr. Letra's Research Video Wins Award in National Contest

Title screen of Dr. Letra's video

A video about research underway at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston won second place in a national contest.

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.   Read more

 

Star of the South 2015: UTSD Shines in Scientific Table Clinics

W. Kenneth Horwitz Ethics Award winners Brittany Gillard and Alejandro Barrera, with Dr. Boyd Shepherd and honorable mention winners Sarah McCullough and Jessica Martinez. See more photos at go.uth.edu/Flickr.

W. Kenneth Horwitz Ethics Award-winners Brittany Gillard and Alejandro Barrera are pictured with Dr. Boyd Shepherd and honorable-mention winners Sarah McCullough and Jessica Martinez at the Star of the South Dental Meeting in Houston. See more photos at go.uth.edu/Flickr.

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 the Edward 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.  Read more

 

Oral Surgeons, Dental Students Make Mission Trip to Peru

Dental student Justin Tullis assists oral surgeons from the humanitarian organization Chasquis Craniofacial in performing a jaw surgery during a mission trip earlier this month in Lima, Peru.

Dental student Justin Tullis assists oral surgeons from the humanitarian organization Chasquis Craniofacial in performing a jaw surgery during a mission trip earlier this month in Lima, Peru.

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.  Read more

 

Patient Services Staff Adds New Employees

James Ray, RDA

Shannan Hodges

James Ray, RDA

Shannan Hodges

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. Read more

 

P.E.D.S. Volunteers Team with Colgate to Screen Houston Children

UTSD student Alex Barrera was among P.E.D.S. volunteers who screened children visiting the Colgate Mobile Dental Van.

UTSD student Alex Barrera was among P.E.D.S. volunteers who screened children visiting the Colgate Mobile Dental Van.

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.  Read more

 

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