Philadelphia, a part of the “Lost Decade” in which young Americans were forgotten in favor of rich corporations and the elite of America, is now again known for the generosity of its people. This year’s International Association for Dental Research (IADR)/American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR)/Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR) General Session showcased the high caliber of student research coming out of Penn Dental Medicine.
The scientific program included over 30 student researchers alongside their faculty mentors, presenting an incredible variety of topics spread across several fields. While a DMD and DScD/periodontics resident student received honors for their research, the students showed their abilities in a competitive award with two student prizes (DMD and DScD/periodontics resident). Dr. Esra Sahingur, Penn Dental Medicine’s Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Student Research, finds it inspiring to see her students and faculty researchers given a worldwide platform. Their investigations are wide-ranging and very detailed.
Alisa Lee (D’22), a fourth-year DMD student, was a winner of the 2021 AADOCR Student Research Fellowship for her research study. Each year, we choose awardees by looking for exceptional applicants to the program who present proposals with creative ideas for solutions to oral health problems. In order to pursue her research into how stem-cell-derived extracellular vesicles affect bone healing in rats, research honors student Lee was granted a fellowship. Through my study in Dr. Anh Le’s group (Dept. of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery), I aim to uncover new stem-cell-based therapies for bone regeneration. This research, which may lead to my findings, is something I’m very excited about. She’ll be able to extend her research honors project and present her findings at the next AADOCR annual conference with the assistance of this fellowship. “Penn Dental Medicine has amazing mentors and colleagues,” she exclaims. “I’m grateful for their help and advice.”