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Dugoni School Ortho Graduate Wins Sicher Research Award

Dr. Alia Al Jabeiti and her research collaborator, Dr. Reem Salahuddin.

February  02, 2009

Dr. Alia Al Jabeiti, 2008 graduate of the Dugoni School's Orthodontics program, received the 2009 Dr. Harry Sicher Research Award from the American Association of Orthodontists for her research project, TGFß3 Is Associated with Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip and Palate in Guatemalan Population. Jabeiti will accept the award and present her findings along with her co-researcher, Dr. Reem Salahuddin, also a 2008 Orthodontics graduate, at the AAO Annual Meeting in Boston this May. The two conducted their research in collaboration with faculty and staff from the dental school's Craniofacial Genetics Laboratory.

"Every research result from the Craniofacial Genetics team is possible only because of the effort of the whole team," said Dr. Marie Tolarova, professor and director of genetic research and prevention at the Dugoni School. "We strongly believe that with continuing support we will continue to contribute to the knowledge of the etiology of cleft lip and palate, with the ultimate goal of developing an efficient prevention program."

Established in 1968, the Harry Sicher Research Award recognizes clinical research papers of unusual merit related to orthodontics. This is the second year in a row that Craniofacial Genetics Laboratory research has been honored with the award.

Category Type: Honors and Awards, Alumni

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