ADA prepares for ‘Navigating The Sea of Genomic Data’


According to’s Michelle Manchir, the ADA is hosting a first-of-its-kind meeting in October about current issues involved in genetic testing and the expectations for genetics in dentistry.

Academicians, dental practitioners, regulatory bodies and leaders of professional dental organizations are encouraged to attend the conference scheduled for Oct. 28-29 at the Association Headquarters in Chicago.

The purpose of the conference is to develop guidance for interested parties that can be used to inform and assess the design and analysis of genomic studies of oral diseases, according to conference co-chairs, Dr. Daniel Meyer, ADA Chief Science Officer, and Dr. Michael Glick, editor of The Journal of the American Dental Association and professor of oral medicine and dean of the School of Dental Medicine at the University at Buffalo.

Dr. Thomas Hart, program coordinator for the conference and chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, said the conference is important because it will be the first time renowned genomic experts have come together to discuss pressing issues related to genetic testing in the context of dentistry. Dr. Hart is also the director of the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center.

“They will discuss significant changes in our understanding of genomics and how genes contribute to disease,” Dr. Hart said. “Additionally, they will discuss the issues that the dental community needs to understand to develop and implement safe and effective genetic tests to improve clinical care.”

Dr. Hart added that many challenges dentists face in incorporating genomics into clinical practice are shared by clinicians in other areas in medicine.

At the conference, “we will see that we are not alone in facing these challenges, and that by working together and sharing experiences we will succeed,” Dr. Hart said.

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Dentists earns some well-warranted airtime.

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UPDATE: Air date for American Ninja Warrior will be June 22 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC

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UPDATE: Air date to American Ninja Warrior will be June 22 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC 
It won’t be long before dentists stroll down the red carpet at the Emmys. Practitioners are already taking over prime time.
According to a DrBicuspid Staff report, Lifetime’s new reality show, “Smile,” which premiered on May 28 and focuses on changing the lives of people with severe aesthetic dental problems, will continue airing on Thursday nights in June at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

dr-ravon_0 Nicolas Ravon, DDS, was featured on the June 4 episode of ‘Smile’.

During the show, dentists from across the U.S. work with 12 patients who struggle because of pain and embarrassment from their teeth.

Nicolas Ravon, DDS, who was featured on the June 4 episode, stated, “By restoring their teeth, we empower the people hidden behind the smile.”

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Many young people today may be dreaming of becoming a dentist or hygienist when they grow up, but in reality, going to school for a career in the dental field can be a bit pricey, making that dream unattainable for some.

Lucky for the future dentists and hygienists, an article on (US News and Word Report) recently posted an article with scholarship opportunities for dental programs around the country.

The article mentions that when searching potential scholarships for which to apply, a student’s first stop should be the American Dental Association.

“The ADA Foundation supports oral health education programs through various grants, scholarships and awards – many of which you could be eligible for.”

Researching scholarships should be one of the first items on the to-do list of a dental student, considering the average dental student graduates with more than $200,000 worth of debt.

After you check the ADA website, head on over to the American Dental Education Association, which offers many different scholarships to students pursuing careers in the dental industry.

The dental world is full of scholarships for young, eager students —all they need to do is a little research. To find out more about what’s available, follow the links below:

Who’s dancing at Rutgers? Graduating dental students, of course.

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Dental students are never too busy to dance. At least those preparing to celebrate their commencement at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.

In a feature by Kathleen O’Brien for, the reporter highlighted a six-minute video set to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” in which the 107 graduates appeared. She also shared some inspiring statistics regarding the class that Kim Fenesy, senior associate dean for academic affairs, described at graduation.

Among them:

• Sixty percent are their family’s first generation of doctors and 9 percent are the first generation in the family to go to college.

• For more than half, English is their family’s second language.

• Class members range in age from mid-twenties to mid-forties.

• Graduating students from the Internationally Trained DMD program came from 12 different nations: Egypt, India, Iraq, Israel, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Russian Federation and the Ukraine.

Plenty of reasons to get up and dance.

Another interesting stat: Women comprise half the school’s student body.

This, according to Incisal Edge‘s Alexandra Levine’s recent interview with Dean Cecile Feldman, who graduated in the 1980s when her classmates were roughly 75 percent male. Dean Feldman discussed the newly-merged Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, which brought together two medical schools, a nursing school, a dental school, a public-health school and a graduate school in just 12 months.

In July 2013, the New Jersey Dental School officially became part of Rutgers University and changed its name to the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine to more accurately portray dentistry as a field rooted in biomedical science, Dean Feldman told the dental lifestyle magazine.

“The merger worked, and it’s now an opportunity to reimagine how we want things to work here,” says Dr. Feldman.

Learn more about the largest provider of Medicaid services in the state of New Jersey, and its renewed focus on outreach to those in need in the Garden State at:

Saturday surfing for new tools? Start here.


Inside Dental Technology’s Pam Johnson recently shared some web-based tools and apps to help small businesses compete with larger operations– without a major capital expenditure.

From DocuSign’s cloud-based service that securely automates and retains – you guessed it– signed documents, to Funding Gates’ ability to automatically sync daily with QuickBooks to track accounts receivables, Johnson discusses some intriguing high tech options.

And because you can use several of the offerings in your personal life, it’s a good excuse to spend some of your precious downtime investigating them.

Start with John’s column at: