The public can hear from the University of Washington School of Dentistry’s new dean and learn more about the latest research at the school on Wednesday, Sept. 25, during Research Day 2002. The event takes place from 8:15 a.m. to noon in rooms T-439 and D-165 at the University of Washington Health Sciences Center.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Martha J. Somerman, an expert in cell behavior and in molecular approaches to restoring tissue, who will arrive as dean during the previous week. She will talk at 8:30 a.m. in room T-439 about “Biological Approaches to Regenerating Periodontal Tissues – What Information Have We Gained?”
The theme of this year’s oral presentations is “Cementum and Bone in Oral Health.” Research presentations will be made from 9:30 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. in T-439. There will be a display of posters from 11:15 a.m. to noon in D-165.
Somerman’s background includes being associate dean for research at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Since 1981, she has maintained a private practice in the specialty of periodontics. She was recently president of the American Association for Dental Research, serves on the advisory council for the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, and is a diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology. She was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2001.
Dental Research Day 2002 is sponsored by the UW School of Dentistry and the School of Dentistry Office of Research.