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College of Dental Medicine Scholars Day

12th Annual Dental Scholars Day

The 12th Annual James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine Scholars Day will be held on Friday, February 18, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Scholars Day 2022 Speakers Flyer (PDF)

Schedule of Events

Time

Event

Location

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Posters and Vendor Fair Set-Up

Wellness Center Gymnasium

8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Scholars Day Posters Viewing

  • 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.: D1 and D2 Attendees
  • 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: D4 and All Other Scholars Day Attendees

Wellness Center Gymnasium

8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Scholars Day Posters Judging

  • 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.: Predoctoral Judging
  • 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: Residents and Senior Categories Judging

Wellness Center Gymnasium

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

ASDA Vendor Fair

  • 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.: D3, D4, and Residents
  • 10:15 to 12:00 p.m.: D1 and D2

Wellness Center Gymnasium

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Predoctoral Scholars Day Judges Meeting

N/A

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Residents and Senior Categories Scholars Day Judges Meeting

N/A

11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Lunch Break

N/A

12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Distinguished Guest Speaker:

Rena D'Souza, DDS, MS, PhD
Director of the National Institute of Dental
and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
(Presenting in person)

"Emerging Science and Promising Technologies to Advance Oral Health"
Evaluation Form (PDF)

Drug Discovery Auditorium (DD110) and online via Teams

1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Keynote Speaker:

Paulo G. Coelho, DDS, PhD, MBA
Professor of Biomaterials, Plastic Surgery, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NYU
(Presenting virtually)

"Personalized Biomaterials for Oral-Craniofacial Applications"
Evaluation Form (PDF)

Drug Discovery Auditorium (DD110) and online via Teams

2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Scholars Day Awards Presentation

Hosted by Joe Vuthiganon, DMD
(Presenting in person)

Drug Discovery Auditorium (DD110) and online via Teams

Distinguished Guest Speaker

Rena D’Souza 
Dr. Rena D’Souza

Please join us in welcoming back Dr. Rena D’Souza who was the Keynote Speaker at our 1st Annual Scholars Day in 2011.

Dr. Rena D’Souza is the Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health. She is deeply committed to the organization’s mission — advance fundamental knowledge about dental, oral, and craniofacial health and disease and translate these findings into prevention, early detection, and treatment strategies that improve overall health for all individuals and communities across the lifespan.

As the director of NIDCR, Dr. D’Souza oversees the institute’s annual budget of approximately $485 million, supporting basic, translational, and clinical research in areas of oral cancer, orofacial pain, tooth decay, periodontal disease, salivary gland dysfunction, and the craniofacial development and the oral complications of systemic diseases.

Prior to becoming NIDCR’s director, Dr. D’Souza served at the University of Utah as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Education for the Health Sciences. She held the Ole and Marty Jensen endowed chair in the School of Dentistry that she led as inaugural dean. As a clinician-scientist, D’Souza has been strongly committed to discovery and mentoring throughout her academic career. She is past president of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the International Association for Dental Research (IADR).

Dr. D’Souza has authored over 150 publications and book chapters in the areas of craniofacial development, matrix biology and tissue regeneration for over 30 years. She is a Fellow of AAAS and also of AADR. She received the 2010 Presidential Award for Research Excellence from the Texas A&M Health Science Center and was inducted into the German National Academy of Sciences in 2012. Columbia University College of Dental Medicine’s awarded Dr. D’Souza the Birnberg Research Medal in 2016. She also received the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Pulp Biology Research in 2002 and the Irwin D. Mandel Distinguished National Mentoring Award in 2017.

Dr. D’Souza is active on several trans-NIH committees and maintains an active research laboratory in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), NIH.

 

Keynote Speaker 


Please join us in welcoming Paulo G. Coelho, DDS, PhD, MBA, Professor of Biomaterials, Plastic Surgery, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NYU. 

Dr. Coelho is the Leonard I. Linkow Professor and Director of the Division of Biomaterials at NYU Dentistry with secondary faculty appointments at the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Dr. Coelho leads the Craniofacial and Orthopedic Biomaterials Regenerative Applications Laboratory, a highly diverse and multidisciplinary group that focuses on tissue engineering, synthesis/biomechanical aspects of biomaterials, and CAD/CAM of implantable and dental restorative materials. Dr. Coelho’s current work is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIAMS, NIDCR, NICHD, and NIDCD), the Department of Defense, and the dental/medical device private industry.