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Mouth lesions are among the main early indicators of oral cancer, but determining whether a sore is actually malignant typically involves painful, costly biopsies. Case Western Reserve University researchers, including School of Dental Medicine faculty member Aaron Weinberg, think they have a better idea—and the National Institutes of Health has given them $420,000 to advance it.
Christiane Chammas, a senior dental/DMD-MPH student, has won first place in the Annual Pre-Doctoral Dental Student Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dentistry, sponsored by the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. The submission was based on Chammas' MPH capstone project titled "Dentists’ Knowledge, Opinions, Attitudes, and Prescription Practices of Opioids". Her mentor is Dr. Sena Narendran, associate professor in the Department of Community Dentistry, who also directs the residency program in dental public health and the dual degree program in dental medicine and public health (DMD-MPH).
On June 5, Kerolos Elsayed was focused on one thing: defending his thesis, the culmination of his studies and experience in the endodontics program at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. Moments before, Department Chair Andre Mickel shared some exciting news: Elsayed achieved the highest score on the Endolit final exam nationwide.
Elsayed’s colleagues joined him in the top 20 highest scores on the preparatory exam, with Jennifer Barrord ranking No. 5, Alexis Herring ranking No. 10 and Jenna Gaw ranking No. 16.
Research has found that those living with HIV have a higher risk for certain kinds of cancers—such as lung cancer. Now, with a new five-year, $3.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), researchers from Case Western Reserve University hope to find out why.
Ge Jin and co-principal investigator Bingcheng Wang from the School of Medicine have found that immune cells from HIV patients secrete exosomes--think tiny nanoparticles--and attack lung cells, promoting the growth of cancer. Jin said the new research will further explore potential causes—and remedies. He called his laboratory at the School of Dental Medicine “a pioneer” in the field of identifying exosomes in the blood of HIV patients promoting the growth of oral cancer cells.