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AAE Annual Session Sees Strong Involvement from Dugoni School of Dentistry Faculty, Alumni

Dr. Gluskin speaks at the AAE gathering.

April  26, 2010

Each spring, thousands of endodontic specialists from throughout the country and around the world gather at the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) Annual Session, which provides educational opportunities, social gatherings and community outreach opportunities to those in the profession.

This year, the Dugoni School of Dentistry's own Dr. Alan Gluskin, chair of the Department of Endodontics, served as General Chair of the AAE Annual Session Planning Committee, where he was responsible for overseeing the logistics of the event, held April 14-17 at the San Diego Convention Center. He also served as the track organizer for the event's Master Clinician Series, which featured live-patient procedures in a demonstration setting.

Among the presenters in the Master Clinician Series were a group of graduates of the Dugoni School of Dentistry, including Drs. L. Stephen Buchanan '78, Garrett M. Guess '00 and Wyatt D. Simons '99. Also attending the event were various faculty members from the school's Department of Endodontics, as well as Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr.

The event featured its first "Access to Care" outreach project on April 17. Volunteer endodontists and endodontic residents from the University of Southern California provided treatment to underserved patients in the San Diego area.

"As an attendee of this event, I was proud to see such great contributions from members of the Dugoni School of Dentistry family," remarked Dean Ferrillo. "I am continually impressed by the dedication and leadership shown by faculty members in our Department of Endodontics when it comes to continuing education opportunities and research. This dedication is what propels our department into a state of well-deserved international recognition."

The AAE meeting is the second endodontic conference Gluskin has helped plan this year. In March, the Continuing Dental Education Department at the Dugoni School of Dentistry hosted Endodontics Extraordinaire 2, a two-day conference centered on the latest technology and treatment advances.

Proceeds from Endodontics Extraordinaire 2 will help fund further research opportunities in the Endodontic Research Laboratory at the Dugoni School of Dentistry. Currently, the laboratory, which is led by endodontics professor Dr. Ove Peters, focuses on two core lines of research: testing of root canal instrumentation/disinfection techniques and outcomes of the host response during healing of periradicular lesions.

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