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Research Day

"Understanding and Treating Craniofacial Defects"


CU Dental's 35th Annual Research Day will be Friday, February 22, 2019. This year's theme is "Understanding and Treating Craniofacial Defects."


The School of Dental Medicine’s research faculty are pleased to have Dr. Rena D'Souza, DDS, M.S. Ph.D., M.S. as the keynote speaker. Dr. D’Souza serves as the current president of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). She works at the intersection between developmental biology and patient care. Dr. D'Souza will discuss novel therapies and treatment options for patients with craniofacial abnormalities. In addition, a patient advocate will discuss issues related to obtaining optimum care for children with craniofacial defects. 


Research Day is also a day for students to share their latest innovations through poster exhibits. There is a poster presentation and competition that concludes the event and students will be recognized for their excellence in research.

We encourage all who are interested to attend. Additional details are below.


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 Poster Submission Guidelines

The poster session on Friday, February 22, 2019 includes competitions in three categories for $250 prizes for presenters:

1.    Dental students and ISP students at the University of Colorado Denver, School of Dental Medicine,

2.    Graduate Students, and

3.    Post Docs in the School of Dental Medicine, Department of Craniofacial Biology.


Everyone with a research project, even if not fully completed work, is encouraged to participate in the Friday poster session. 


Submit abstracts to David Clouthier ( by February 15, 2019 to be included in the official program.


Abstract Guidelines:


·         Abstracts: 

o   Title, names of all authors, category for competition.

o   Include four specifically denoted sections (Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions). You can begin with a short abstract before the first category.

o   Word limit is 300.

o   A figure or table is allowed and encouraged. 

o   The conclusions should accurately reflect and be limited to the findings of the study.

o   Use 12 point Arial font for the abstract.


Poster Guidelines:


o   The poster size should be is 3’ wide by 4’ tall. It is okay if you have a poster from a recent meeting that does not meet these dimensions. Poster dimensions should not stop you from presenting!

o   There is not a specific poster layout. However, the poster should include your submitted abstract as the first section.

o   An acknowledgments section should include funding sources for the study.


·         If you have specific questions on poster layout or design, contact David Clouthier.


·         We will only cover $55 for a poster. This can be done through PhD posters (; their turn-around time is 24 hours and they can be picked up on Campus – no need for mailing. Should you exceed $55, the remainder of the charge will be sent to your Departmental Chair. Please contact David Clouthier for details or clarification at the email address listed above.



 Continuing Education Details and Payment

The University of Colorado, School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The University of Colorado, School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 4 continuing education credits.​

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 Research Day Program

8 a.m.          
8:30 a.m.      
8:35 a.m.               
Dr. Denise Kassebaum. DDS. M.S.
Dean, School of Dental Medicine
8:45 a.m.
Faces of Hope: An Introduction to the School of Dental Medicine Biobank
8:55 a.m.
Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Dr. Kristin Artinger – Professor, Craniofacial Biology
9 a.m.                   
"Novel therapies for cleft palate correction in utero: Exploiting Pax9
dependent signaling in posterior palatogenesis"
Dr. Rena D’Souza, DDS, M.S., Ph.D.
Professor, University of Utah and President, IADR
10 a.m. 
"Fighting for diagnosis and treatment for children with craniofacial anomalies" 
Ms. Tricia Walker
Parent Advocate
10:30 a.m.                
10:40 a.m. 
"The intracellular mechanism behind a novel human EDNRA mutation"    
Dr. Stanley Kanai
Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Craniofacial Biology            

11 a.m. 
"Dental Anomalies"
Dr. Roopa Gandhi
Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry
11:20 a.m.
"A Fresh Look at Redox Initiation: New Possibilities for High Efficiency
Kangmin Kim
Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder

11:40 a.m.
Elizabeth Trembley
Four-year Dental Student (DS4)
"Protective Effect of Theobromine Against Acid Attack on Tooth Enamel"
Noon-1 p.m.   
Lunch and Posters
Education 2 Bridge​​


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