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ATSU-ASDOH Research Week: Feb. 5 – 9, 2018

A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) Research Week activities are open to all faculty, staff, and students. Faculty attendees will earn 1 CEU for each lunchtime session attended.


Research speed dating

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, noon-1:00 p.m., Flagstaff (5835 building)

Speakers: Ann Spolarich, RDH, PhD; Seena Patel, DMD, MPH; Inder Makin, MD, PhD; Monica Nenad, DHEd, CHES; Wayne Cottam, DMD, MS; Mindy Motahari, MD, MA

This program will provide an overview of ongoing research activities at ATSU-ASDOH. Participants of this program will have the opportunity to:

  1. Learn about different research methods used to assess clinical problems
  2. Discuss time management strategies used during clinical trial implementation
  3. Discuss how to solve challenges that arise while planning and implementing research


Animal-assisted pet therapy; attitudes and perceptions about digital dentistry for the underserved

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, noon-1:00 p.m., Flagstaff (5835 building)

Speaker: Mai-Ly Duong, DMD, MPH, MAEd, FAGD

Dr. Duong will discuss her participation in two research studies at ATSU-ASDOH. First, participants will learn about an ongoing research study in the Advanced Care Clinic using animal-assisted pet therapy to reduce dental anxiety. Second, participants will learn about patient and provider attitudes and perceptions comparing CAD/CAM crowns to traditionally fabricated crowns in underserved patients. Participants of this program will have the opportunity to:

  1. Learn about benefits of animal-assisted pet therapy
  2. Discuss how animal-assisted pet therapy can be used to reduce dental anxiety
  3. Discuss patient and provider attitudes about costs and benefits comparing crowns fabricated with CAD/CAM versus traditional methods for underserved populations


More accurate oral cancer screening with fewer salivary biomarkers

Wednesday Feb. 7, 2018, noon-1:00 p.m., Flagstaff (5835 building)

Speaker:  James Michael Menke, DC, PhD

Dr. Menke will discuss his latest published research that details the application of signal detection and Bayesian Inferential tools to salivary biomarkers to improve screening accuracy and efficiency in detecting oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). Participants of this program will have the opportunity to:

  1. Learn the basis of medical tests
  2. Discuss the importance of specificity in screening accuracy
  3. Discover the role of positive predictive value in indicating the number of tests needed to be acceptable


The science behind dentifrices: fact versus fiction

Thursday Feb. 8, 2018, noon-1:00 p.m., Flagstaff (5835 building)

Speaker:  Daniel Bachteler, MSc, PhD, associate director, scientific communications, Colgate Palmolive Company

Back by popular demand, this program will explore the science behind dentifrice formulations and dispel common misconceptions about dentifrice abrasiveness. Participants of this program will have the opportunity to:

  1. Understand the function of various components of dentifrice formulations
  2. Discuss how the degree of dentifrice abrasiveness is tested and reported
  3. Identify various active ingredients in dentifrice formulations and issues related to compatibility


ATSU-ASDOH student research presentations and awards

Friday Feb. 9, 2018, 8:00 a.m.-noon; 1:00-2:30 p.m., Saguaro A and B (5850 building)


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