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School Hosts Annual AADR San Francisco Section Meeting

October  28, 2010

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry recently hosted the third annual meeting for members of the San Francisco section of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR).

During the evening event, students and faculty from Bay Area universities gathered to present research and listen to a seminar given by the vice president of the International Association for Dental Research, Dr. Mary MacDougall.

The Oct. 13 event saw a total of 27 research poster presentations, 20 of which were by Dugoni School of Dentistry students and faculty. The presentations spanned a variety of topics, including the genetics of cleft lip and palate, experimental gene therapy for oral cancer, and the immunology of periodontal disease.

Two Dugoni School students were acknowledged for their poster presentations, receiving the two prizes for clinical research. They were selected by a committee of dental researchers through a process of peer voting which took place during the event. Arash Abolfazlian, Class of 2011, won first place for his presentation titled "PAX9 Gene Polymorphisms and Missing Teeth." Laurie McCullough, Class of 2011, was awarded second place for her presentation "Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase C677T Polymorphism and Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip and Palate."

"I greatly appreciate the efforts of our students and their faculty mentors who presented their research at the Annual AADR San Francisco Section Meeting," said Dr. Nejat Düzgüneş, professor of microbiology and student research coordinator. "This event is an excellent opportunity for students and faculty to showcase their research, and meet others involved in dental and craniofacial research at Stanford and UCSF."

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