Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research, now in its
48th year, recognized Dr. Anthony Volpe, for his foresight and vision as
a founding member of this organization. The event was held on May 3,
2016. His contributions to dentistry range from product and clinical
development, academia, broadening the opportunities for dentists, and
developing clinical endpoints.
The Task Force
on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research is proud to have its
founding member included among the Outstanding Leaders in Dentistry both
nationally and internationally.
The Task Force is sponsoring a symposium at the
AADR meeting in Los Angeles on Monday, March 14, 2016 from 1:00-4:30.
The symposium was organized by Stuart Gansky and is titled “Getting
Smart About Developing Individualized Sequences of Health Intervention
with Application to Oral Health”. The symposium is on the aadr website
and will be held in Room 511a of the LA Convention Center. All Task
Force members and sponsors are invited to attend.
Co-sponsorship of the 2016 AADR/CADR Oral Epidemiology (Epi) Forum March 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA
Task Force on Design and Analysis is co-sponsoring the 2016 AADR/CADR
Oral Epidemiology (Epi) Forum on March 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. If
this may be of interest to you, please click on the link to obtain more
information. 2016 AADR/CADR Oral Epidemiology Forum registration
Dr. Maria Ryan elected VP of AADR! CONGRATULATIONS DR. RYAN!
of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) have elected
Maria Emanuel Ryan, Stony Brook University, N.Y., to serve as the next
AADR vice president. Her term will commence at the conclusion of the 45th
AADR Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, Calif., March 16-19, 2016. After
serving as vice president, she will remain on the AADR Board of
Directors for three consecutive terms as president-elect, president and
immediate past president.
professor and chair, Department of Oral Biology & Pathology, School
of Dental Medicine, Stony Brook University. Additionally, she has served
on the Board of Directors of The Task Force on Design and Analysis of
Oral Health Research since 2003 and is a newly elected member of Cold
Spring Harbor Laboratory Association Board, N.Y. She received an A.B.
from Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.; a D.D.S. from
the School of Dental Medicine, Stony Brook University; a certificate in
periodontology, Department of Periodontology, Ph.D. (transfer)
Biomedical Sciences, Department of BioStructure and Function, School of
Dental Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington;
and a Ph.D., Oral Biology and Pathology, Graduate School, Stony Brook
University. She was a Fellow of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive
Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women, Drexel University,
College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.; and the Energeia Partnership,
Academy of Regional Stewardship at Molloy College, Rockville Centre,
Ryan has been an AADR member since
1991. She has been an invited speaker and co-chaired numerous scientific
sessions at IADR/AADR meetings. As an active member and volunteer, she
has reviewed applications for the AADR Neal W. Chilton Fellowship in
Clinical Research since the inception of this award. She served as
president of the AADR New York/Long Island Section from 2000-2007 and on
the AADR Council from 2001-2006. Additionally, she has been a reviewer
for the IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research.
As vice president, Ryan will work to support the AADR mission and the vision of the Board of Directors.
Registration open for conference on genomics in dentistry
August 13, 2015
By Michelle Manchir
has opened for a first-of-its-kind meeting about current issues
involved in genetic testing hosted by the American Dental Association in
collaboration with the Task Force on Design and Analysis.
dental practitioners, regulatory bodies and leaders of professional
dental organizations are encouraged to attend the conference, Navigating
The Sea of Genomic Data, scheduled for Oct. 28-29 at the Association
Headquarters in Chicago.
admission is $295 and attendees can earn 10.25 continuing education
credits. For more information or to register, visit ADA.org/GeneticsConference.
purpose of the conference is to develop a framework for guidance that
can be used to inform and assess the design and analysis of genomic
studies of oral diseases.
co-chairs include Dr. Daniel Meyer, ADA Chief Science Officer; Dr.
Michael Glick, editor of The Journal of the American Dental Association
and professor and William M. Feagans Chair, School of Dental Medicine,
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York; and Dr. Seb
Ciancio, executive director, Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral
Health Research, distinguished service professor and chair, Department
of Periodontics and Endodontics, University at Buffalo, SUNY.
conference is open to all professional communities of interest,
including clinicians, scientists, expert opinion leaders, regulators and
industry stakeholders," said Dr. Meyer. "The program is designed to
collect, share and disseminate the most up-to-date information to help
address current research questions, clinical challenges and patient care
The conference will mark the
first time renowned genomic experts from a variety of medical and dental
organizations have come together to discuss pressing research, academic
and clinical issues related to genetic testing in the context of oral
health care, organizers said.
distinguished speakers is Dr. John Ioannidis, M.D., a professor at
Stanford University, who is a leader in genomic/genetic research.
A June ADA News story announcing the conference generated a lot of interest, said Dr. Ciancio.
received numerous inquiries about registration, fees and future planned
conferences on the topic of genomics," said Dr. Ciancio. "Many
commented on their appreciation that the conference was planned and
stated that this is the right timing for such a conference since they
were anxious to be updated in this rapidly emerging area of
Five travel grants for
post-graduate dental students are available for this conference. The
application form is available on the Task Force on Design and Analysis
in Oral Health Research's website, taskforceondesign.org, by clicking on "News Items" or "Education Programs."
Task Force presented a course in clinical research as a Satellite
Symposium that preceded the 2015 Annual meeting of the IADR/AADR/CADR in
Boston, MA, March 9-11, 2015. Nineteen people from 10 different
universities and 3 oral health care companies attended the 2 1/2 day
course. The symposium included presentations by Task Force members Al
Best, Sebastian Ciancio, Deborah Dawson, and Bruce Pihlstrom. The Task
Force has presented this course for the last 6 years at various
locations in the U.S. in association with the AADR annual meetings.
Dr. Sebastian G. Ciancio, Executive Director, Recipient of ADA 2014 Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research
Sebastian G. Ciancio, Executive Director of the Task Force on Design
and Analysis in Oral Health Research, is the recipient of the American
Dental Association's 2014 Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in
The award recognizes an
individual who has made significant contributions in clincial
investigations that advance the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of
craniofacial-oral-dental diseases, as well as outstanding research
endeavors in other areas.
The ADA cited
Dr. Ciancio's many academic and research accomplishments, especially his
achievements in researching the role of pharmacologic agents as
adjunctive therapy in the practice of periodontics and dentistry,
including locally-administered antibiotics for periodontal disease, the
iontophoretic application of fluoride to reduce tooth hypersensitivity,
the efficacy of antiseptic mouthrinses and dentifrices to reduce
gingivitis, and the oral side effects associated with the use of
Iowa Dean To Lead UIC College Of Dentistry
Force member Clark Stanford associate dean for research and professor
of prosthodontics at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, has
been named dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of
Dentistry. His appointment, which is subject to approval by the
University of Illinois Board of Trustees, is effective Oct. 1.
received a bachelor’s of science degree in 1984, a doctor of dental
science degree in 1987, and a certificate in prosthodontics and Ph.D. in
cell biology in 1992. He joined Iowa’s faculty that same year and has
been a faculty member there since 1992.
accomplished researcher whose work has been funded by the National
Institutes of Health, private foundations and industry, Stanford focuses
his laboratory studies on osteoblastic gene expression and signaling
pathways. He is the author of 18 book chapters, 111 published papers and
more than 140 research abstracts.
2014: At the 24th Gala and Benefit held recently in Chicago, IL Oral
Health America honored Dr. Anthony Volpe for his over 40 years of
dedication to the dental industry. From his work with dental schools
across the country to his groundbreaking research through his
recently-retired position at Colgate-Palmolive, Dr. Volpe has impacted
countless dental professionals and changed the industry for the better.
Dr. Volpe was presented with the Gala Tribute Award during the ceremony
and a tribute booklet was given to attendees with heartwarming comments
from many of his colleagues. Dr. Volpe is a member of the Task Force on
Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research.
17-19, 2014 Dr. Bruce Pihlstrom presented in collaboration with the
2014 AADR meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Task Force on
Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research a 2 1/2 day course in
clinical research as a Satellite Symposium. Topics included: clinical
research design; IRB and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) regulations and
ethics; FDA regulations; day-to-day operation and management of clinical
research; fundamentals of data management and statistical analysis;
working with industry; publication of results; NIH and industry funding
opportunities; and clinical research training opportunities. Faculty
participation included Dr. Al Best of Virginia Commonwealth University;
Dr. Sebastian Ciancio of University at Buffalo; Dr. Deborah Dawson of
University of Iowa; Dr. John Gunsolley of Virginia Commonwealth
University, along with Dr. Bruce Pihlstrom of University of Minnesota.
The meeting was well attended and a good time was had by all.
Task Force on Design and Analysis in Dental and Oral Health Research
Satellite Symposium on Clinical Research
IADR Meeting: March 18-20, 2013
Attendees of the 2013 Satellite Symposium on Clinical Research in Seattle, WA.
Dr. Anthony R. Volpe, a founding sponsor/member of the Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research was recently awarded The William J. Gies Award by the American Dental Education Association. He was recognized for the Vision, Innovation and Achievement in Dentistry as both a public and private partner.
Dr. Volpe is Vice President of Clinical Dental Research and Scientific Affairs at the Colgate-Palmolive Technology Center in Piscataway, New Jersey. He also is a staff member at St. Peter's Medical Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey and has practiced general dentistry in New Jersey. In addition, he has been a clinical Professor of Pharmacology at the Fairleight-Dickenson University School of Dentistry and currently is a Clinical Professor of Periodontics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey Dental School. Dr. Volpe has served on technical committees of major worldwide dental organizations, including the National Institute of Research, The World Health Organization and the Federation Dentaire Internationale. He served as president of the American Dental Association Foundation from 1997 to 2003 and was presented in 2004 with the American Dental Association's Distinguished Service Award. In 2004 Dr. Volpe was further honored to receive the American Association of Public Health Dentistry's Special Merit Award and the Hadassah Special Award from the Hebrew University, Israel.
Dr. Melissa Begg
Dr. Melissa Begg, a member of the Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. The award is in recognition of her excellence in leadership, development and delivery of training and mentoring programs for young clinical investigators, for promotion of statistics in biomedical research, for advancing statistics education and for service to the research community.
Dr. Begg is Vice Dean for Education and Professor of Clinical Biostatistics at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She earned her doctorate in biostatistics from Harvard in 1989 and joined the Columbia faculty immediately thereafter. Her areas of focus include: advancing interdisciplinary science; clinical reserach education; statistical methods in psychiatry and oral health; and analysis of cluster-correlated and sibling data. She also leads 2 NIH-funded career development programs to promote diversity: one aimed at college undergraduates, introducing them to careers in the public health sciences; and one aimed at diverse junior faculty, providing grant-writing advice, career support, and mentorship. Dr. Begg's teaching skills have been recognized on several occasions; she was inducted into the university's Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy in 2005 and received both the university-wide Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Mailman School Teaching Award from the Graduating Class in 2006. She was invited to join the ASPH/Pfizer Public Health Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 2007 and was elected to the Board of the Association for Clincal Research Training in 2008. Formerly Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs, she was appointed as Vice Dean for Education on October 1st 2010 and is overseeing the implementation of a major curriculum renewal initiative for Columbia's MPH program to launch in the Fall 2012.
Faculty and Attendees at the Clinical Research Workshop held in Tampa, Florida, March 19-23, 2012. The workshop was sponsored by the Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research.
The Task Force on Design and Analysis supported the Proceedings of the Istanbul Conference and a publication from the conference is now published. This reference is now listed uunder our "Publications" page.
Board of Directors member, Maria Ryan, D.D.S., Ph.D. Professor of Oral Biology and Pathology in the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, was recently named the winner of an international award that recognized her work in advancing women's health care by focusing her research efforts on the development of risk assessment strategies and biochemical testing for early identification of periodontal disease. Dr. Ryan was presented with the first everVictress Award in Health at an August gala in Berlin, Germany. The Victress Award in Health was created to honor a scientist or doctor who is researching or developing in a field that is gender specific or who provides a breakthrough for women's health. The winner also serves as a role model for young women who want to follow a similar career path. The award recognizes that women have different medical needs, sometimes show different symptoms or respond differently to medication, and is meant to promote some of the brilliant women in science who are usually not as visible as their male colleagues.
************************************************************************************** Dr. Athena Papas, Tufts University and Dr. Stuart Gansky, University of California San Francisco both became Active Members at our May 4, 2010 meeting held in Newark, NJ. We welcome them to our membership.
NOVEMBER 2010: The Task Force on Design and Analysis presented the Dr. J. Murray Gavel Clinical Research Lectureship Continuing Education Workshop and Conference on November 11-12, 2010 at the Forsyth Institute.
MARCH 2010: ANNOUNCEMENT: 4th International Meeting -- Methodological Issues Oral Health Research: Interventional Studies Dates: April 21-23, 2010 Location: Istanbul,Turkey Additional Information and Registration: www.dentalbiostat2010.org
Aims of the Conference: 1) Provide an overview of methods to improve the design, conduct and analysis of interventional oral health research. 2) Enhance communication between oral health researchers and statisticians.
The conference will focus on the design, conduct and analysis of interventional oral health research and will provide a forum for formal and informal interaction between oral health researchers and statisticians. The program includes invited speakers and peer-reviewed oral and poster sessions.
November 2009: Frank Scannapieco, Professor and Chair of the Department of Oral Biology at the State University of New York at Buffalo was elected to membership in the Task Force on Design & Analysis in Oral Health Research at our November 2009 meeting.
May 2009: Deborah Dawson, PhD, Sc.M., Morris Bernstein Professor of Dentistry; Director of Biostatistics and Research Design, Dows Research Institute, College of Dentistry; Departments of Preventive and Community Dentistry & Biostatistics, and Interdisciplinary Programs in Genetics and Informatics at the University of Iowa was elected to membership in the Task Force on Design & Analysis in Oral Health Research at our May 2009 meeting.
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Dr. Stuart Fischman (SUNY Buffalo) received the Distinguished Scientist Award in Pharmacology from the Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics Group of the International Association for Dental Research in Toronto, Ontario Canada during their summer 2008 meeting. Dr. Fischman is shown receiving the plaque from Dr. Deborah Greenspan, President of the International Association for Dental Research.