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Septodont Announces Karim Khadr as New Division President

Posted on July 26, 2021

Paris, France – Septodont, the world leader in dental anesthesia, announced today that Karim Khadr will join the company as President of its dental division, on July 28. He will report to Olivier Schiller, CEO of the Septodont Group.

Karim joins Septodont with over 30 years of experience, serving in various sales, marketing, business development and product management functions, in both large and small organizations in the medical devices and diagnostics industry.

As the President of Septodont’s dental division, Karim will have direct responsibility for the company’s global dental business, responding to rapidly changing market trends. He will be focusing on effectively managing our sales and marketing organizations across the world and will also be responsible for leading the group’s innovation agenda.

“This is an exciting appointment for our company. Karim brings a strong track record of driving results and accelerating growth in a number of different healthcare segments”, said Olivier Schiller, CEO of the Septodont Group. He is a well-rounded leader. His extensive experience combined with his strong global background position him well to lead our dental division and build on the company’s momentum in the Pain Management and Therapeutics areas to continue to grow the legacy of our family-owned business.”

“I’m excited to step into this new Executive leadership role at Septodont and help the company continue executing its strategic plan. They have already accomplished so much over the years as the world leader in dental anesthesia. I look forward to working with the entire team at Septodont and partnering with all of our customers worldwide to drive the company’s next phase of global growth with further opportunities ahead”, said Karim.

Karim is an alumnus of Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, Bloomington, where he earned a Bachelor of Science and an MBA.

About Septodont

Septodont is a leading manufacturer of dental pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Since its inception in 1932, the group develops, produces and distributes a large range of products and solutions dedicated to serving the needs of dental professionals across the world. The group counts 1,900 employees and has a long-established presence in more than 150 countries. Beyond dental and through its Novocol Pharma division, the group also partners with pharmaceutical and medical device companies to provide contract manufacturing services for pharmaceutical products that require cartridge filling. Learn more about Septodont’s innovative, safe and healthcare solutions at https://www.septodontcorp.com/.







High school student presents on oral-health impact profile 5: analyzing a private practice adult population's distribution

Posted on July 26, 2021

Hiba Nasir, Wayzata High School, Plymouth, Minn., presented the poster "Oral-Health Impact Profile 5: Analyzing A Private Practice Adult Population's Distribution" at the virtual 99th General Session & Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), held in conjunction with the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the 45th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR), on July 21-24, 2021.

Nasir, a high school student, along with Sheila Riggs, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA, performed an observational study to understand the distribution of the Oral-Health Impact Profile (OHIP5) scores in a general adult population that seeks care in a private, suburban dental clinic. Participants were adult patients seeking care in a clinic who were administered the OHIP5 survey upon arrival. This survey was filled out as a paper copy and additionally included demographic questions (race, ethnicity, gender and age) for additional analysis.

A chi-square test for homogeneity was performed and determined that there was not a difference between the score distributions between females and males. Understanding the distribution of OHIP5 scores between men and women of an adult population seeking care in a private, suburban dental clinic allows for dental practitioners to further improve the care that they provide and allows for them to enhance their treatment plans.

View this poster presentation in the IADR General Session Virtual Experience Platform.

International Association for Dental Research

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with over 10,000 individual members worldwide, with a mission to drive dental, oral and craniofacial research for health and well-being worldwide. To learn more, visit http://www.iadr.org.







Patterson Announces Dental Leadership Changes

Posted on July 26, 2021

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Patterson Dental Supply, Inc., a subsidiary of Patterson Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq: PDCO) today announced leadership changes designed to help accelerate the company’s growth in the dental market, effective July 19, 2021.

Eric Shirley, currently President of Patterson Dental, has been named as Senior Vice President of Business Development, with responsibility for identifying and executing on future growth opportunities within the dental industry. Shirley will continue to report to Mark Walchirk, President and Chief Executive Officer of Patterson Companies. Shirley’s new role reflects Patterson’s enterprise-wide focus on making strategic investments to deliver profitable growth and shareholder value.

With this transition, Tim Rogan has been promoted to President of Patterson Dental Supply Inc., and will also report to Mark Walchirk, with responsibility for the entire dental business in North America. Rogan is a 28-year Patterson veteran who currently serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Patterson Dental, and has built an impressive record of results during his tenure.

“We are confident the dental market continues to present attractive growth opportunities for Patterson,” said Mark Walchirk, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Eric’s new role will focus on evaluating these opportunities and help drive that strategic initiative. I am also very pleased to promote Tim Rogan, whose strong leadership, proven track record of success and industry experience make him an excellence choice to lead the Dental business going forward.”

About Patterson Companies Inc.

Patterson Companies Inc. (Nasdaq: PDCO) connects dental and animal health customers in North America and the U.K. to the latest products, technologies, services and innovative business solutions that enable operational and professional success. Our comprehensive portfolio, distribution network and supply chain are equaled only by our dedicated, knowledgeable people who deliver unrivaled expertise and unmatched customer service and support.

Learn more: pattersoncompanies.com

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Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on our current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding the future of our business, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of our control. Our actual results and financial condition may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Therefore, you should not place undue reliance on any of these forward-looking statements. Any number of factors could affect our actual results and cause such results to differ materially from those contemplated by any forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the following: the COVID-19 pandemic and measures taken in response thereto; our dependence on relationships with sales representatives and service technicians to retain customers and develop business; potential disruption of distribution capabilities, including service issues with third-party shippers; our dependence on suppliers to manufacture and supply substantially all of the products we sell; the risk of the products we sell becoming obsolete or containing undetected errors; adverse changes in supplier rebates; the risk that private label sales could adversely affect our relationships with suppliers; our dependence on positive perceptions of Patterson’s reputation; risks inherent in acquiring and disposing of assets or other businesses and the risks inherent in integrating acquired businesses; our ability to comply with restrictive covenants in our credit agreement; our dependence on leadership development and succession planning; the risk that our governing documents and Minnesota law may discourage takeovers and business combinations; the effects of the highly competitive and consolidating dental and animal health supply markets in which we compete; exposure to the risks of the animal production business, including changing consumer demand, the cyclical livestock market, and other factors outside our control; risks from the formation of GPOs, provider networks and buying groups that may shift purchasing decisions and place us at a competitive disadvantage; increases in over-the-counter sales and e-commerce options for companion animal products or sales of companion animal products from non-veterinarian sources; change and uncertainty in the health care industry, including the effects of health care reform; failure to comply with existing or future U.S. or foreign laws and regulations including those governing the distribution of pharmaceuticals and controlled substances; public concern over the abuse of opioid medication in the U.S.; failure to comply with health care fraud or other laws and regulations; litigation risks, including the diversion of management’s attention, the cost of defending against such actions, the possibility of damage awards or settlements, fines or penalties, or equitable remedies (including but not limited to the revocation of or non-renewal of licenses) and inherent uncertainty; failure to comply with evolving data privacy laws and regulations; tax legislation; the risks inherent in international operations, including currency fluctuations; risks associated with information systems and cyber-security attacks; disruptions from our enterprise resource planning system; and the risk of being required to record significant impairment charges if our Dental segment’s goodwill or other intangible assets become impaired.

The order in which these factors appear should not be construed to indicate their relative importance or priority. We caution that these factors may not be exhaustive, accordingly, any forward-looking statements contained herein should not be relied upon as a prediction of actual results.

You should carefully consider these and other relevant factors, including those risk factors in Part I, Item 1A, (“Risk Factors”) in our most recent Form 10-K and information which may be contained in our other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, when reviewing any forward-looking statement.

Investors should understand it is impossible to predict or identify all such factors or risks. As such, you should not consider the foregoing list, or the risks identified in our SEC filings, to be a complete discussion of all potential risks or uncertainties. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We do not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Contacts

CONTACT: Bria Townshend, Corporate Communications

EMAIL: corporate.communications@pattersoncompanies.com

WEB: pattersoncompanies.com







2021 Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA) winners

Posted on July 23, 2021

Alexandria, Va. - The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA). The winners were recognized during the Opening Ceremonies of the virtual 50th Annual Meeting of the AADR, held in conjunction with the 99th General Session & Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and the 45th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR), on July 21-24, 2021.

Dentsply Sirona and the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) joined forces to co-sponsor the Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA), formerly known as the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association. The SCADA program empowers the next generation of dental leaders by showcasing students' research and recognizing their passion for discovery and innovation, we will fuel the future of dental care.

Every U.S. dental school was invited to select a student to participate in the 2021 SCADA event. The virtual competition took place on July 19, 2021.

Three winners will be identified for each Category (Clinical Science/Public Health Research) and (Basic and Translational Science Research) and will receive either:

1st - Monetary award of $1,000

2nd - Monetary award of $750

3rd - Monetary award of $500

The winners are:

Clinical Science/Public Health Research

1st Eleni Langas, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis. Influence of Scanning Speed, Tip Size and Pattern on Intraoral Scan Accuracy

2nd Corey Winkler, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C. Accelerated Aging Effects on Color Stability of Potentially Color Adjusting Composite Resins

3rd Joyce Lee, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Title of Research Strength and Stiffness of Three Temporary Crown and Bridge Materials

Basic and Translational Science Research

1st Alexandra Rogers-DeCotes, Charleston The TMJ Fibrocartilage-Bone Interface Requires ADAMTS5 and Mechanical Load

2nd Kazune Pax, The Ohio State University, Columbus Sources of the Placental Microbiome in Pre-Term Birth and Pre-Eclampsia

3rd James Seung Jin Jang, University of Florida, Gainesville Gene Regulatory Mechanisms of Viral Interferon Regulatory Factor 1

The full list of competitors is below:

Colton Allen, University of Nebraska, Lincoln Desquamation of Palatal Epithelial Cells in Palate Development

Ariana Aram, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. 3D Analysis of PDL Structural Changes During Orthodontic Tooth Movement

Harleen Athwal, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Impact on Salivary Glands From SARS-CoV-2 Infection

Valeria Bravo, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan Sonic Hedgehog Variants in Puerto Ricans with Non-Syndromic Oral Clefts

Grace Call, Tufts University, Boston, Mass. Use of 9.3μm CO2 Laser for Removal of Zirconia Restorations

Jordan Chen, Texas A&M, College Station Evaluating Adult Dental Medicaid Before and During COVID-19

Sarah Chinnery, A.T. Still University, Mesa, Ariz. Assessing the Mental Health Effects of Dental School on Students

Nicholas Clayton, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Selective BET-Inhibitor RVX-208 Suppressed Periodontal Inflammation and Osteoclast Differentiation

Ramin Farhad, University of California, San Francisco Generation of Large-Scale Chromosomal Deletions in Primary Human Keratinocytes

Mustafa Girnary, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Caspase-1-Mediated Periodontal Bone Destruction is Sex-Dependent

Tanner Godfrey, University of Alabama at Birmingham BAF45A Mediated Chromatin Landscaping Controls Bone Formation

Dylan Handlin, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Effects of Electronic Cigarette Vapors on Oral Cavity Inflammatory Markers

Patricia Hare, University of Connecticut, Farmington Elevated Proteoglycan 4 Levels Quantified Elevated Proteoglycan 4 Levels Quantified in SjöGren's Syndrome Patient Saliva

Alisha Jimenez-Thompson, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio Assimilation of Dental Case Management Into HIV/AIDS Care

Stanley John, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pa. Effect of Essential Oils on Antibiotic Efficacy Against Enterococcus Faecalis

Emily Johnson, Creighton University School, Omaha, Neb. Effect of the Incorporation of Antiviral Fillers into 3D-Printing Resin

Jacob Johnson, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge Antifungal Drug Delivery Using Novel Denture Base Resins and Nanostructures

Yejin Ki, University of Pittsburgh, Pa. An Immunomodulatory Strategy for Treating Murine Periodontitis

Katelyn Kleutsch, A.T. Still University, Mesa, Ariz. Patient Experiences and Willingness to Use Teledentistry in Emergency Departments

Courtney Lang, University of Washington, Seattle Preventive Dental Case Use for Medicaid-Enrolled CSHCN Ages 6 to 12: a Mixed Methods Study

Marcus Levitan, Indiana University, Bloomington Timepoint Optimization for Bone Resorption Analysis in Mouse Ligature-Induced Periodontitis

Brittany Link, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia The Role of Distinct Oral Fibroblasts in Expediting Wound Healing

Alexander Litrel, Columbia University, New York, N.Y. Advanced Bioadhesives for Regenerative Healing of Dense Connective Tissue

Haipei Luan, University of Detroit Mercy, Mich. Regulation of Gingival Inflammation by Cannabinoid Through ROS-Mediated MPK Signaling

Manavi Nagai, Boston University, Mass. Evolution of "the Dental Student": Generational Changes in Learning Methods

Azadeh Nemati-Rad, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. ELISA Detection of a Novel Cancer-Associated Antigen HERV-WL in Saliva

Thien-Trieu Nguyen, University of Mississippi, Oxford Surface Changes of a Y-TZP Ceramic After Fluorination

Kyle Nwankwo, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tenn. Oral Health Behavior of Caregivers and Children Ages 0-5 Years

Shivam Patel, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Endogenous Peripheral Pain Regulatory Systems in Orofacial Pain Patients

Kazune Pax, The Ohio State University, Columbus Sources of the Placental Microbiome in Pre-Term Birth and Pre-Eclampsia

Nathan Riexinger, State University of New York at Buffalo Effect of Treponema Denticola on Brain Microvascular Endothelial Function

Dane Risinger, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 3D-Printed Model Shell Thickness Affects Accuracy of Thermoformed Orthodontic Aligners

Nicole Romero, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Structural Studies of the Human RNA Lariat Debranching Enzyme, Dbr1

Conor Scanlon, Oregon University, Eugene Thiourethane-Functionalized Filler Concentration Affects Polymerization and Clinically-Relevant Properties of Composites

Ivy Shen, University of New England, Portland, Maine Heat Effect Assessment of Coronal Gutta-Percha and Sealer Using Micro-CT

Sharon Su, Roseman University, Henderson, Nev. A Comparison of Men and Women's Oral Health Behaviors

Peter Wilkinson, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis APOBEC3B Overexpression Characterizes Non-HPV Oral Dysplasia and Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Yiran Xu, University of Illinois at Chicago Exploring Correlations Between Childhood Obesity and Caries

Natalie Yam, New York University, N.Y. A Non-Viral Delivery of F2RL1 RNAi Reduces Oral Cancer Pain

Simon Youn, University of Southern California, Los Angeles Microvasculature Defects Recapitulated in Pulp of Rat Alzheimer's Disease Model

Rui Zhang, Stony Brook University, N.Y. Parotid Gland Immunization Induces Differential Activation of Th Immune Responses

About the American Association for Dental Research

The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is a nonprofit organization with over 3,100 individual members in the United States, with a mission to drive dental, oral and craniofacial research to advance health and well-being. The AADR is the largest Division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). The AADR also manages the activities of FNIDCR. The AADR also manages the activities of FNIDCR. To learn more, visit http://www.iadr.org/aadr.







Strategies for disseminating guidance to dentists during the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on July 23, 2021

Alexandria, Va., USA - Ruth Lipman, American Dental Association (ADA) Science and Research Institute, Chicago, Ill., U.S., presented the poster "Strategies for Disseminating Guidance to Dentists during the COVID-19 Pandemic" at the virtual 99th General Session & Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), held in conjunction with the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the 45th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR), on July 21-24, 2021.

Rapidly formulated, actionable infection risk mitigation strategies for dental care professionals were needed during the initial acceleration phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Between March 2020 and February 2021, the content developed by the ADA to address dentists' needs for COVID-19 related practice guidance has been cataloged. Insight about the strategies and approaches to their formulation, intended use, publication/posting date and utility as assessed by number of downloads and visits from ADA.org was evaluated with respect to the chronology of the pandemic.

The ADA established a centralized hub online to disseminate the latest COVID-19 evidence, policy and guidance. In April 2020, the ADA received more than 2,360 COVID-19 related member queries. Initial ADA guidance to mitigate virus transmission relied on information about safety considerations extrapolated from medical rather than dental settings to produce several decision algorithms (16,529 downloads) and a reference document (22,176 downloads) citing supporting information sources.

The initial guidance algorithms were for provision of urgent and emergency care and addressed patient screening, use of professional protective equipment, operatory disinfection and patients' treatment. A companion document that defined urgent and emergency care (58,551 downloads) was reviewed by the ADA Board of Trustees. As restrictions on provision of dental care were lifted, increased member volunteer engagement was considered prudent to better ensure the relevance and feasibility of the guidance informing about a more comprehensive range of dental care. The resultant return-to-work toolkit (32,441 downloads) has been accessed more than 640,370 times.

This presentation summarizes and evaluates the clinical guidance and other evidence-based resources developed for dentists and patients by the American Dental Association (ADA) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

View this poster presentation in the IADR General Session Virtual Experience Platform.

International Association for Dental Research

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with over 10,000 individual members worldwide, with a mission to drive dental, oral and craniofacial research for health and well-being worldwide. To learn more, visit http://www.iadr.org.







Longitudinal serological and vaccination responses to SARS-COV-2 in dental professionals

Posted on July 22, 2021

Alexandria, Va., USA - Iain Chapple, University of Birmingham, England, presented the oral session "Longitudinal Serological and Vaccination Responses to SARS-COV-2 in Dental Professionals" at the virtual 99th General Session & Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), held in conjunction with the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the 45th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR), on July 21-24, 2021.

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted dental professionals, who are thought to be at high occupational risk of infection. The aim of this study was to determine the magnitude, persistence and neutralizing capacity of serum antibody responses to the SARS-COV-2 spike glycoprotein at baseline (3-months following first wave), 3- and 6-months in an observational cohort of United Kingdom dental professionals, and the IgG threshold for protection from re-infection.

Participants provided baseline venous blood samples and the total antibody response (combined IgG, A and M), and individual isotype response against the SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein were measured. The neutralizing ability of antibodies was determined using a plaque reduction micro-neutralization assay.

Baseline seroprevalence was 16.3%. Seropositivity was retained in 73% of participants who returned 3-months post-baseline and 72% of participants who returned at 6-months, prior to their vaccination. Seropositivity arising following natural infection during the first wave, conferred a 74% risk reduction for re-infection during follow-up (9.6% seronegative, vs. 2.8% seropositive). The results show that natural infection with SARS-COV-2 leads to persistent, neutralizing and protective serological responses in over 70% of DPs 9-months post-infection (6-months post-baseline).

View this oral session in the IADR General Session Virtual Experience Platform.

International Association for Dental Research

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with over 10,000 individual members worldwide, with a mission to drive dental, oral and craniofacial research for health and well-being worldwide. To learn more, visit http://www.iadr.org.







ADEA to Launch Major Dental Education-wide Climate Assessment on Diversity and Inclusion

Posted on July 16, 2021

July 15, 2021—The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is launching a momentous dental education-wide climate assessment survey that will collect baseline data on diversity, equity and inclusion at U.S. and Canadian dental schools and allied dental programs. This inaugural climate assessment is a crucial step in assisting all institutions with measuring perceptions regarding the campus climate as one supportive of inclusion, equality and equitable outcomes for all stakeholders.

“This project underscores ADEA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and its responsibility and pledge to help all dental schools and dental education programs develop a better understanding of today’s landscape,” said ADEA President and CEO Karen P. West, D.M.D., M.P.H. “With the data we will collect, dental schools and programs will have valuable insights on the steps they can take to further promote inclusion, diversity and a strong sense of belonging for everyone.”

The climate study also will include questions on well-being and engagement among specific demographic groups. Collecting baseline data will allow dental schools and allied dental programs to evaluate their strengths and identify areas for improvement related to inclusion and diversity efforts and creating and sustaining a humanistic environment. Additionally, the climate assessment data will serve as an important tool in guiding new and enhanced strategic initiatives related to diversity, equity and inclusion in dental education.

Some dental schools and allied dental programs have already participated in climate studies at the campus level. However, one of the ADEA climate assessment’s major benefits will be the availability of comparative aggregated data specific to dental schools and allied dental programs, which has been unavailable for schools and programs participating solely in university/campus assessments. Individualized confidential customized reports and data tables will be available to assist in diversity and strategic planning at the school and program level.

ADEA is partnering with Nonprofit HR, a consulting group with offices in Washington, DC, and San Francisco, to conduct the survey, which will include all 78 dental schools and 800+ allied dental programs in the United States and Canada. ADEA and Nonprofit HR will also work with the ADEA Collaborative on Dental Education Climate Assessment (ADEA CDECA) and other key stakeholders to develop the survey instrument during the summer and fall 2021. Tentative plans for survey implementation are early spring 2022 and final climate assessment results will be available in fall 2022.

“For many decades, we have heard first- and secondhand accounts of microaggressions, macroaggressions, and lack of cultural sensitivities within work environments in general, and dental education specifically,” said Keith A. Mays, Ph.D., D.D.S., M.S., Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors and Dean of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. “As a faculty member and administrator, I experience too many off-the-record conversations about racial discrimination, sexual harassment or discrimination based on sexual orientation. This makes me believe we may not fully understand how many individuals within our institutions are impacted. Therefore, the ADEA climate assessment survey is an important step to further support healing and well-being in dental institutions."

Lisa Brown Alexander, Founder and CEO, Nonprofit HR, said she was looking forward to this project. “Nonprofit HR deeply values and prioritizes diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and are honored to partner with ADEA for such a monumental, timely and critical initiative,” she said. “We are attuned to the strength and value that a stronger concentration on DEI can bring to every organization in the dental education community. And we are in tune with the richness of experience and perspective that a diverse and equitable workforce brings to the academic community across North America.”

The climate assessment survey is the culmination of more than a year of collaborative work and research conducted by ADEA staff, the ADEA Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (ADEA DIAC) and ADEA CDECA, which consists of six independent researchers from four ADEA member dental schools (University of Michigan School of Dentistry; University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry; Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry; and University of Indiana School of Dentistry), a representative of the Academy for Advancing Leadership and representatives from the ADEA DIAC and ADEA staff.

Prior to deciding to initiate the study, ADEA, through the ADEA CDECA, spent several months examining postsecondary and health professions climate assessment literature. They also gathered and analyzed information from faculty, staff, students and administrators by conducting six surveys and two sets of focus groups. The data collected focused on three areas: 1) past climate survey activities at dental schools and allied dental programs, 2) dental school and allied dental program perceptions and considerations concerning a future ADEA-led dental education-wide climate study and 3) the effects of the COVID-19 crisis and the Black Lives Matter movement on the cultural climate for all members of our communities and climate-related activities. Based on all the information gathered, ADEA CDECA recommended ADEA contract with an external climate survey consultant group to conduct a dental education-wide survey for all U.S. and Canadian dental schools and allied dental programs.

In December 2020, ADEA staff began an RFP process during which they invited vendors to submit a proposal to develop, administer and analyze data for a dental education-wide climate survey. ADEA selected Nonprofit HR as its vendor.

Many of those involved with the development of the survey hope it will be a step forward for the dental education community in embracing diversity and inclusion.

“We should be moving into action. We should have already been able to jump into action after the murder of George Floyd more than a year ago,” said Dennis A. Mitchell, D.D.S., M.P.H., Co-Chair of ADEA DIAC, CDECA representative and Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and Professor at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. “But we weren’t able to jump into action and we’re still now trying to assess. We’ve already lost a year of action, which is why it is important that we include next steps and measurable outcomes in any survey that we put forward.”

Ana N. López, D.M.D., M.P.H., FACD, FICD, Co-Chair of ADEA DIAC, CDECA representative and Professor and former Dean at the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine, called on the dental education community to welcome this initiative.

“Now is our time to take action, to participate, to take it seriously, and to answer those questions with our hearts, with our minds and our own experiences,” she said. “We have to be committed to make this change happen and that only happens when we all engage and do what we have to do and answer those surveys.”

About ADEA: The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is The Voice of Dental Education. Our mission is to lead and support the health professions community in preparing future-ready oral health professionals. Our members include all 78 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, more than 800 allied and advanced dental education programs, more than 50 corporations and approximately 18,000 individuals. Our activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications, including the esteemed Journal of Dental Education®, as well as the dental school application services ADEA AADSAS®, ADEA PASS®, ADEA DHCAS® and ADEA CAAPID®. 







OSAP Announces 2021 Recipient of James A. Cottone Award for Excellence in Investigative Research

Posted on July 15, 2021

July 14, 2021: (ATLANTA, GA) —OSAP is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2021 Dr. James A Cottone Award for Excellence in Investigative Research. This award is named for one of the founders of OSAP who exemplified the best in infection control and safety research.

The recipient of the 2021 Cottone Award is Sepehr Makhsous, PhD, for his Abstract: Evaluating Aerosol Persistence During Dental Procedures Using a Real-Time Network of Sensor. Eve Cuny, MS, who serves as the Chair of the OSAP Association Board of Directors, says "This abstract provides a new and superior way of measurement of aerosol. Further studies could use this method to build upon the study."

Dr. Makhsous is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle. He and his team investigate the integration of real-time aerosol sensors in a dental setting to help evaluate and improve mitigation strategies to eliminate aerosol transmission. He has been working closely with Dr. Schwedhelm, Dr. Huang, and Dr. Chan from UW School of Dentistry to evaluate a sensor network system. They are actively looking for collaborators (research, industrial, and military) to help them with understanding the current limitations in aerosolized viruses and pathogens during dental procedures. If this research direction interests you and you would like to learn more, please contact Dr. Makhsous at sosper30@uw.edu.

About OSAP

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is the only dental membership association solely focused on infection prevention and patient safety education. Our members include individual clinicians, group practices, educators, researchers, consultants, trainers, compliance directors, policymakers, and industry representatives who advocate for safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare. OSAP focuses on strategies to improve compliance with safe practices and on building a strong network of recognized infection control experts. OSAP offers an extensive online collection of resources, publications, FAQs, checklists, and toolkits that help dental professionals deliver the Safest Dental Visit™ possible for their patients. Plus, online and live courses help advance the level of knowledge and skill for every member of the dental team. For additional information, visit www.osap.org.







Sri Trang Group accelerates Covid inoculation program, with Sri Trang Gloves racing ahead to 100% goal, highlighting commitment to staff welfare and ESG policy to achieve business sustainability

Posted on July 14, 2021

Pressing ahead with its campaign to provide inoculation to all Southeast Asia based employees of the Sri Trang Group of Companies against Covid-19 with Sinopharm vaccine, provided by the Chulabhorn Royal Academy, Sri Trang Gloves (Thailand) Pcl. reached its goal of 100% jabs for its entire work force of 11,000 employees in production plants and Southeast Asia offices. The second jabs will be given at the end of July. Other companies in the group will continue their inoculation programs, where permitted, until the goal is achieved to demonstrate the group’s commitment to employee welfare.

Most recently, Veerasith Sinchareonkul, Executive Director of Sri Trang Agro-Industry Pcl. (STA), and Jarinya Jirojkul, CEO of Sri Trang Gloves (Thailand) Pcl. (STGT), pledged to implement the group’s ESG policy, which pays special attention to sustainability in business while treating employees with fairness in accordance with human rights and transparency principles. The companies have launched Covid-19 vaccination program to all Southeast Asia based employees and their family members as well as select employees of suppliers and trading partners. At the same time, the Sri Trang Group will continue earnestly to acquire additional doses of alternative vaccines for its employees and families in Thailand and abroad as well as select members in its supply chain to build confidence for all concerned and to help the countries overcome the current Covid-19 crisis as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







Vista Apex Gives Etch the Royal Treatment

Posted on July 14, 2021

RACINE, Wi Vista Apex released a new product, 'Velvet Etch' 40% Phosphoric Acid etch gel, to their current suite of etchants this June. The company turned an everyday dental product into one that dentists can get excited about.

"'Velvet Etch is the new benchmark for phosphoric acid etchants because research shows that etching a tooth is critical to achieving the best bond and, ultimately, a successful, long-lasting restoration. Velvet Etch 40% phosphoric acid etchant, with its royal purple color and rich viscosity, allows for accurate placement during total or selective etching techniques and easy, no-hassle removal when rinsed. Velvet Etch looks and feels good to use. It is luxurious, performs well, and it does not cost much more.” Said Dr. Michael Miyasaki, Chief Dental Officer.

Offering precise placement and a perfectly smooth viscosity, this royal purple etchant is ideal for selective etching techniques of the enamel and dentin. Velvet Etch was engineered with the clinician in mind, and Vista Apex is so confident Doctors will love it, that they are offering Buy 1, Get 1 Free with a risk free return policy through the end of August.

About Vista Apex

Vista Apex is a market leader in Endodontic and Restorative solutions. Having been a market leader in Endodontic Solutions, Vista Dental was looking to apply its chemical and biomedical expertise to its restorative line. With the acquisition of Apex Dental Materials, an innovation powerhouse was formed. Serving over 75 Countries and hundreds of thousands of Clinicians, the Vista Apex team has a passion for being a trusted partner who provides quality solutions for our Clinicians. 







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