Ross Award has June 27 deadline

Know the perfect candidate for the 2014 Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research? The nomination submission deadline is June 27.

The annual award, established in 1991, recognizes investigators whose clinical research has influenced some aspect of clinical dentistry in a meaningful way. At the same time, it commemorates the work of Dr. Norton M. Ross, a dentist and pharmacologist who spent most of his career in academic and research positions.

The 2014 recipient will receive a $5,000 honorarium and a plaque.

The ADA sponsors the Norton M. Ross Award with generous support from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products, Division of McNeil-PPC Inc.

Nominate a candidate by submitting a letter explaining his or her impact on clinical dentistry research, the candidate’s curriculum vitae and a list of publications in refereed journals to Kathleen Alexandrakis, The Norton M. Ross Award, American Dental Association, 211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, or email

HHS initiative accepts ADA clinical practice guidelines on topical fluoride

Dr. Truelove

Rockville, Md.
—The National Guideline Clearinghouse announced in its April newsletter the inclusion in its database of revised ADA clinical practice guidelines on topical fluoride for caries prevention.

The NGC is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“It is significant that the ADA guidelines on use of topical fluoride have been published in the National Guidelines Clearinghouse website,” said Dr. Edmond Truelove, chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. “The Clearinghouse acts as the major source of evidence-based guidelines related to diagnosis, prevention and treatment. The NGC is used by hundreds of thousands of physicians, dentists, other health professionals and public health organizations to guide patient care decisions by providing recommendations that are rated for quality based on exhaustive scientific review by panels of experts.”

To view the ADA’s revised guidelines on topical fluoride for caries prevention on the NGC website, visit Locate the “guidelines” tab on the left and search for topical fluorides.

“The mission of the NGC is to provide a wide variety of participants in health care delivery with objective and complete information on guidelines for patient care,” said Dr. Truelove. “Inclusion of the ADA fluoride guideline by the NGC means that the entire health care community can now easily access evidence-based recommendations for use of topical fluoride in preventive health care.”

The topical fluoride guidelines for caries prevention, which is an update of the 2006 guidelines, also may be accessed through the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry at

Fetal alcohol syndrome in research focus

Dr. Kim 

Gaithersburg, Md.
–The journal Stem Cell Research published an article online April 12 co-authored by Dr. Jeffrey Kim, a researcher at the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center.

“Gene Expression Signatures Affected by Alcohol-induced DNA Methylomic Deregulation in Human Embryonic Stem Cells” examines the potential molecular effects of alcohol on transcriptional regulation in human embryonic stem cells and its potential functional effects on stem cell maintenance/differentiation.

“I am particularly fond of this project because the topic has great clinical implications,” said Dr. Kim, who has a Ph.D. in oral biology and medicine.

“Although fetal alcohol syndrome is a 100-percent preventable disease, more than 18 percent of women age 15 to 44 drink during early pregnancy. Currently, three out of 1,000 U.S. children suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome. By using stem cells, we were able to find alcohol-related changes in gene expression and epigenetics of the entire human genome.”

Dr. Kim joined VRC in early 2014. His research at the center entails stem cell investigation as it may apply to dental pulp regeneration. “So instead of doing traditional root canal therapy, we’re moving toward the more cell-based therapy. That’s one avenue that I’m looking at,” he said.

Aside from his work on dental pulp regeneration and on xerostomia, he plans to continue pursuing research on fetal alcohol syndrome and alcohol addiction at VRC.

He and his collaborators ultimately hope to develop therapies and solutions to help developing babies and alcohol-addicted mothers.

Because there’s no ethical way to research fetal alcohol syndrome in humans, stem cells provide the best alternative, according to Dr. Kim.

“We treated the stem cells with alcohol in different dosages and different time points,” Dr. Kim said. “We performed genetic and epigenetic profiling on the alcohol treated stem cells. We found potential pathways that are involved in fetal alcohol syndrome. We are actually moving forward with the project, and we want to follow the pathways and see if we can come up with some type of therapeutic solution for fetal alcohol syndrome.”

Dr. Kim became interested in stem cell research while pursuing doctoral studies at the University of California at Los Angeles.

“In the beginning, it was oral cancer that I was working on when I was going for my Ph.D.,” he said. “Cancer and stem cell biology are very similar. Cancer is uncontrolled growth and stem cells have a unique ability to self-renew and also differentiate. So, in some cases, cancer is a lot like stem cells; it’s just that it does not have proper brakes to stop itself. That’s how I got into stem cells, and we’re looking at different diseases, not just in the oral cavity but throughout the body.”

He co-authored the Stem Cell Research manuscript with Omar Khalid, Ph.D., who is an expert in bioinformatics and his collaborator on upcoming VRC alcohol addiction research projects.

UCLA researchers and leaders in human genetics, alcohol addiction, and stem cell biology, Steve Horvath, Ph.D.; Igor Spigelman, Ph.D.; and Yong Kim, Ph.D., also made significant contributions to the research and article published in Stem Cell Research.

Grants from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism supported the research.

To view the article online, visit The article will appear in the May print edition of Stem Cell Research.

CODA seeks comments on revised proposed dental therapy standards

The Commission on Dental Accreditation is seeking written comments through Dec. 1 on an updated version of the proposed accreditation standards for dental therapy education programs.

ADA members and other stakeholders will have opportunities to comment in writing or at one of several open hearings planned this year, including ADA 2014—America’s Dental Meeting in San Antonio.

“Given the national interest in the draft standards, the commission believed that following the submission of numerous comments during 2013, resulting in revisions to the proposed accreditation standards, it was appropriate to recirculate the revised draft standards for an additional period of public comment,” said Dr. John N. Williams, CODA chair.

The accreditation standards have been under development since 2012, following appointment of the Task Force on Development of Accreditation Standards for Dental Therapy Education Programs. CODA, which serves the oral health care needs of the public through the development and administration of standards that foster continuous quality improvement of dental and dental-related educational programs, directed the task force to draft standards in 2012 in response to a request from the University of Minnesota. In Minnesota, the state dental board is currently accrediting the dental therapy education programs.

The proposed standards include revisions and further changes based on comments received from February 2013 to December 2013. To receive a copy, contact CODA at 1-312-440-4653 or email Madelaine Schmitt at

After receiving over 1,500 pages of comments, CODA revised the proposed dental therapy accreditation standards and directed at its winter 2014 meeting, held Jan. 29-30, recirculation of the proposed standards for further review and comments. The commission will again review the most recently revised document and comments at its winter 2015 meeting.

In addition to ADA 2014, stakeholder groups will have several opportunities to comment on the latest version of the proposed standards for dental therapy education. CODA is holding open hearings at the American Dental Assistants Association annual meeting (Oct. 9-14 in San Antonio) and the American Dental Hygienists’ Association annual meeting (June 18-24 in Las Vegas).

Written comments may be submitted through Dec. 1 via email to CODA director Sherin Tooks, Ed.D., at or by U.S. mail to Director, Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago IL 60611.

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GKAS Hits The Tracks

GKAS hits the track: Kids from Our Lady of Perpetual Help elementary and middle school in Dallas show off the Give Kids A Smile logo on Greg Biffle’s 3M No. 16 car at Texas Motor Speedway. About 125 students were at the track April 4 for a day of oral health education and racing fun as part of the GKAS/NASCAR oral health education program. The program reaches some 300,000 children annually in conjunction with 11 NASCAR races.

ADA 2014 registration open; travel discounts available

Registration for ADA 2014—America’s Dental Meeting in San Antonio opened May 1 at

Airline, ground and hotel discounts for the Oct. 9-14 meeting are listed on the website under Travel.

ADA 2014 will feature more than 300 continuing education courses including seven hands-on cadaver workshops at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, pre-session CE options, more than 550 exhibitors in the ADA Exhibit Hall, the second ADA Mission of Mercy charitable dental event Oct. 12, special events, networking opportunities and the annual House of Delegates meeting.

For details, order a free copy of the print Preliminary Program in the ADA Store or go to (click on the Continuing Education tab) to download a PDF. Also available is an online schedule builder, eventScribe.

Travelers are encouraged to book flights to San Antonio as early as possible, as flights are limited. Make your travel reservations with the ADA to guarantee your preferred flights and hotel at the lowest price.

ADA’s official travel partner Gant Travel will assist with booking on all airlines servicing San Antonio International Airport (SAT). 

Online travel reservations can be made 24/7 at Gant Travel’s exclusive site for the ADA:; email:; phone: 1-877-924-0306 (U.S. only) or 1-224-205-4734. The Gant Travel Desk is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Central Time. Visit the Travel section of for more information including applicable fees.

Go Airport Shuttle will provide shuttle service to all San Antonio hotels that are in the official ADA block. If traveling to a downtown hotel, you can purchase tickets in advance at or print a coupon to purchase tickets at the airport by the baggage claim area. The discounted round-trip rate from San Antonio International Airport is $32.50 per person to any downtown hotel and $55 per person to other official ADA hotels outside of the downtown area.

Two to six people ride for the price of one in taxis. Fares, not including tips, to the downtown business district from the airport are about $25.

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Leading resources for dentists

The top 10 professional resources available through the ADA Catalog include:

  • Dental Therapeutics online;
  • CDT 2014 Kit;
  • ADA Practical Guide to Dental Letters: Write, Blog and Email Your Way to Success;
  • The ADA Practical Guide to Expert Business Strategies: Advice from Top Dental Consultants;
  • The ADA Practical Guide to Effective Infection Control;
  • The ADA Complete HIPAA Compliance Manual;
  • The Complete OSHA Compliance Kit;
  • The Practical Guide to Valuing a Practice: A Manual for Dentists;
  • The Practical Guide to Associateships: Success Strategies for Dentist-owners and Prospective Associates;
  • The Practical Guide to Dental Office Design.

Industry Watch

3M ESPE earns accolade, appoints new leader

St. Paul, Minn.—3M ESPE is celebrating an industry award for innovation and a new president and general manager.

American Dental Association

Mr. Ingebrand

For the ninth consecutive year, 3M ESPE won recognition from the Anaheim Group as the most innovative company in the dental industry worldwide. The Anaheim Group published the recognition, based on new product approvals and international patents, in the 2013 Dental Industry Review. 3M ESPE earned 63 new product approvals and international patents in 2013, including two new product clearances for the U.S. market, 36 U.S. patents, and 25 patents from the European Patent Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Also, 3M ESPE Dental appointed James Ingebrand as its new president and general manager, responsible for the strategic direction and overall operations of 3M ESPE. In his 30-year career with 3M, Mr. Ingebrand has focused on health care, including dental. His previous positions within 3M include roles as president and general manager of 3M Drug Delivery Systems, global business director for 3M ESPE Dental and as the marketing director for the 3M Infection Prevention Division.

Mr. Ingebrand started his career at 3M in 1984 as a marketing analyst in the Corporate Marketing Research Department.

Ormco raises money for orthodontic foundation

Orange, Calif.—Ormco Corporation raised more than $275,000 over the past four years to help the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation provide free orthodontic care to young patients in need. 

Ormco Corporation manufactures and provides advanced orthodontic and technology. The company hosted Smile for a Lifetime Foundation’s Smilent Aunction at its annual Damon Forum in Phoenix, where more than 1,100 orthodontists gathered to learn about the latest advancements in orthodontic treatment.

Ormco is a primary sponsor of the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation and provides free brackets to orthodontists who award and treat the foundation’s scholarship recipients.

The Smile for a Lifetime Foundation also receives donations of cash, services and products from more than 20 other orthodontic businesses and organizations.

In the last five years, S4L chapters have donated more than $1.8 million in orthodontic services to awarded scholars in North America.

S4L will provide orthodontic scholarships to 1,200-1,500 children this year.

Zimmer to acquire Biomet

Warsaw, Ind.—Zimmer Holdings Inc. will acquire Biomet Inc. in a cash and stock transaction valued at about $13.4 billion, including the assumption of net debt, the companies announced.

The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. 

The combined company is expected to deliver growth by offering a more comprehensive portfolio of solutions with enhanced cross-selling opportunities. In addition, the combined company is expected to advance innovation to benefit health care stakeholders, and stockholders are expected to benefit from a more diversified and predictable revenue mix consistent with the comprehensive portfolio.

Upon closing, the transaction is expected to be double digit accretive to Zimmer’s adjusted diluted earnings per share in the first year. Cash flows from operations are expected to increase by 1.5 times Zimmer’s stand-alone estimates.