New screening for oral cancer could make for quicker detection

Oral cancer kills 40 percent of those diagnosed within five years. If caught early, the survival rate is as high as 90 percent. Scarier still, more than 1 percent of U.S. adults will develop oral cancer at some point in their lives. Despite these sobering statistics, many patients aren’t screened regularly for the appearance of oral and pharyngeal cancers. According to Matthew Kim – chairman, founder and CEO of Vigilant Biosciences – only 29 percent of U.S. adults are screened by their dentist. Part of the oversight, he explains, is a widespread lack of awareness and understanding of the danger of oral cancer. His plan, in addition to increasing awareness for the general public, involves a novel diagnostic test that identifies patients as high risk of developing certain types of oral cancer.

Exploring the world of dental research at the IADR

Stem cell researchDPSCs are multipotent type stem cells located in the pulp of our teeth. Since their discovery in 2005, recent research has shown their great potential for human therapeutic applications. For example, a 2015 study published in Stem Cells Translational Medicine found promising results in utilizing DPSCs in the regeneration and transplantation of corneal cells. However, in order to fully harness their regenerative therapies, improved cultivation techniques must be explored to increase their growth and proliferation following cryopreservation.

Finding a better study snack

img_3546With the constantly looming mountain of studying, lab work, and chart management, it can be hard to make smart snacking choices. Especially when you’re stressed, planning healthy snacks can seem like one more thing you don’t have time to deal with. Here are some of our favorite picks for satisfying munchies that won’t make you regret it later! Calorie estimates come from the USDA’s SuperTracker website, which can be found

Integrating care for the good of the patient

Medical staff iconsA multidisciplinary approach to health care has long been a topic of conversation. Unfortunately, most of us have yet to see it materialize. We spoke with Dr. Kenneth Kornman, DDS, PhD, president and Chief Science Officer of Interleukin Genetics, about the importance of medical and dental integration. Interleukin Genetics is developing genetic tests for several systemic diseases using markers for chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been linked with several systemic diseases, which lead to earlier morbidity and mortality. As a periodontist, Dr. Kornman is especially interested in the link between periodontal disease and systemic disease such as type 2 diabetes. A great way to address chronic systemic disease is to open the lines of communication between the medical and dental care systems.

Interleukin Genetics is developing genetic tests for several systemic diseases using markers for chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been linked with several systemic diseases, which lead to earlier morbidity and mortality.

Right now very few schools offer courses with combined medical and dental students.

Serving military veterans while in dental school

Ferrin DS2People always say that the first year of dental school will be hard. I was told I wouldn’t have time to do anything else other than studying for quizzes and exams. It wasn’t something I wanted to hear since I love extracurricular and volunteer opportunities. The one that stood out the most to me was the Sgt. Clint Ferrin Memorial Veteran’s Dental Clinic. I grew up in a military family. My father, brother, husband and brother-in-law were or are still serving. Although I have never lived anywhere for more than 4 years, I’m grateful for what the military has given me. Being in a military family comes with many privileges – the ability to shop tax-free at the Exchange, free gym memberships, various opportunities for college scholarships, chances to travel and live all around the world, and many more. My family members have put their lives at risk so I can enjoy all of these things.

When I heard about the Ferrin Clinic, I knew that I wanted to be a part of it.