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NIH $3.9M Grant to Fund Dental 'Adverse Event' Database

Muhammad F. Walji, PhD

Muhammad Walji, PhD

Most visits to the dentist have positive outcomes – but with millions of patients visiting thousands of practitioners each year – complications and adverse events are bound to occur.

Identifying the adverse events most commonly affecting patients is a first step toward preventing them, said Muhammad Walji, PhD, associate professor and director of informatics in the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry.

That's why Walji and colleagues at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, including Associate Professor Elsbeth Kalendarian, DDS, MPH and Instructor Rachel Ramoni, DMD, are leading a new project to better understand and document patient safety issues by mining millions of electronic dental patient records and building a database of such events that can be used to improve patient safety.

To fund the project, Walji and his team received a $3.9 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, a division of the National Institutes of Health. Read more


UTSD Postdoc Earns NIH Diversity Research Award

April Ross, PhD

Yahuan Lou, PhD

April Ross, PhD

Yahuan Lou, PhD

A postdoctoral fellow and immunologist at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston has won a highly coveted federal grant to support her research on potential treatments for a rare-but-devastating autoimmune disease.

April Ross, PhD, received a $170,000, two-year research grant in December from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, a division of the National Institutes of Health. With the grant, Ross can continue her fellowship under Yahuan Lou, PhD, professor in UTSD’s Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences, a prominent researcher in kidney-related autoimmune diseases. Read more


Celebrate 'Wear Red Day' on Friday

UTHealth employees wearing red clothing form the shape of a heart to raise awareness of Go Red for Women Day.

Wear red on Friday to raise awareness of heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S.

Make it your mission to fight heart disease in women on the 10th Annual National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 1. On this National Wear Red Day, sport your red outfit, tell women you want them to live and help stop heart disease in our lifetime by sharing the message.

Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women in America. According to the American Heart Association, it causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.  Read more


Two UTSD Students Awarded ADA Foundation Scholarships

Sonia Henriquez

Ali Golshani

S. Henriquez

A. Golshani

The American Dental Association Foundation has awarded scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year to two second-year dental students at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. 

Sonia Henriquez and Ali Golshani were notified of the awards this week. Henriquez will receive the Underrepresented Minority Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarship, while Golshani will receive the Robert J. Sullivan Scholarship.  Read more


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