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A Publication of the University of Florida College of Dentistry Spring 2009

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We're taking the BITE out of CANCER

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I Eachyear, more than 11,000people in the United States die because ofhead
and neck cancers and 34,000 new cases are diagnosed.

The statistics are clear; there are serious disparities in detection and treatment of
head and neck cancers in the United States. Low income equals late detection
and late detection reduces survival rates.
But, as Paul Brodeur wrote in "Outrageous Misconduct," his book that
chronicled asbestos litigation, "Statistics are
human beings with the tears wiped off."
"I heard that quote during a meeting and it
just overwhelmed me. It encapsulates what this
center is about. This is about the people affected
by head and neck cancers. More importantly, it's
about reducing the number of people affected
and, in doing so, reducing the number of tears:'
Said Henrietta Logan, Ph.D., a professor in
community dentistry and behavioral science,
and the principal investigator for a $5.3 million
National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to
Henrietta Logan, Ph.D. the UF College of Dentistry.

Head and neck cancer is the 10 Oth leading cause of death among African-
American men, who suffer twice the mortality of white men. In Florida,
AfJican-Americans are diagnosed at younger ages and more advanced
disease stage compared with whites.

The grant, awarded in October 2008, funds a new multi-disciplinary research
center aimed at reducing disparities in head and neck cancer survival through
prevention and early detection in low-income, minority men. Since 1992 the
NIH has supported four regional research centers that focus on minority oral
health problems with a goal of establishing an evidence base for the development
of prevention and treatment regimens. This is the first NIH-funded center to
focus on head and neck cancer in the Southeast.
Officially called the Southeast Center for Research to Reduce Disparities in
Oral Health (SCRRDOH), Logan and her team like to say, "We're taking the
bite out of cancer. Because that's really our end goal."
Statistics show that early detection increases survival rates but that information
is powerless unless it gets to the right audience and creates action. In other words,
at-risk people need to see it, believe it and take the steps to protect themselves.

MostAfrican-American men survive about 21 months after diagnosis; white
men survive about 40 months.

The center has launched the first phase of the program that focuses on
conducting grassroots research to determine how to communicate effectively
with the target audience. Logan says, "If we can learn what works, what resonates
with our audience, we'll hold a critical key that can help shape state and national
public policy and make a dittcrcinc. Is it celebrity spokespeople? Ministers?
Medical professionals? We have the questions and the research will provide
important answers we can employ as we move forward."
For instance, in 2006, Scott Tomar, D.M.D., Dr.PH, professor and chair of
community dentistry and behavioral science in the College of Dentistry, initiated

Nery Clark, D.M.D., performs an oral cancer screening.

a social marketing campaign in the Jacksonville/Duval County area that focused
on tobacco use cessation and also included educational information about the
risks of oral cancer and the importance of early detection.
"One of the most effective methods he found was using city buses as billboards
by employing 'wraps' around the bus. But this won't help us in the rural areas
where public transportation doesn't exist and the challenges of reaching our at-
risk population are higher than anywhere else" said Logan.
Logan and her team plans to leverage strong partnerships the college already
enjoys within the university, the state and with many smaller, rural communities
across the state. Center partners include the Florida Department of Health,
Florida Dental Association, Florida National Dental Association, Florida Dental
Hygiene Association, Florida A&M University, National Institute of Dental
and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), State Oral Health Improvement Plan,
Oral Cancer Working Group, Alachua County Organization for Rural Needs
(ACORN), and Regional Ministerial Networks.

I Survival fom head and neck cancer is one ofthe lowest among all
malignancies; it has not improved in recent decades and remains about 58%.

To research the effectiveness of various scientific health promotion models
the center is organizing oral cancer screening clinics at locations such as rural
health clinics, community centers and churches. They will see how many
people attend, and then deploy various educational tools in that community. At
future oral screening clinics they will compare attendance to determine which
communications model increases the likelihood that African American men
obtain oral cancer screenings.
The upside to this type of research is that it's active rather than passive,
"We're not just measuring. Every time we have a screening clinic, we're reaching

someone, we're doing something,
and we're moving forward. That feels
good:' said Logan.
Phase two for the center involves
educating care providers about the
importance of performing an oral
cancer screening on each patient,
especially during an emergency
dental visit.
S" t It's all too common that the one
time our target population might
see a dentist is during an emergency
visit. Cancer screenings aren't
routinely part of emergency dental
O treatment but it may be the last time
that patient will be in a dental chair
for years and a simple screening may
sll ave their life:' Logan said.
Pam Sandow, D.M.D., a clinical
associate professor and director of
the college's oral medicine clinic, sees
the aftermath when patients' oral
cancer symptoms go undiagnosed
by a professional for too long, "We

see many cases of oral cancer where the patient realizes they have a lesion or
lump but doesn't see it as a cause for concern. They think it will go away and
only seek care when it becomes painful or interferes with eating or speaking."
One such patient noticed a lump in the floor of the mouth for six months
before diagnosis. The patient had a dental cleaning a year prior to the
diagnosis ofcancer. Sandow realizes that the problem may or may not have
been present at that dental visit, "however, we have to wonder if the patient
received an oral cancer screening at the time and if so, had the patient been
educated to be vigilant for abnormal findings in the mouth?"
Unfortunately, this patient's cancer had advanced to the point of requiring
removal of a large portion of his jaw in addition to radiation therapy, greatly
compromising the patient's long-term quality of life because of the aggressive
therapy required for a cure.
In contrast, another patient had a tooth extracted and the dentist did a
biopsy of some suspicious gum tissue that turned out to be an early cancer.
Since the cancer was removed in its early stages, the patient did not need
radiation therapy and the chance of cure was greatly improved.
Education leads to early diagnosis. Early diagnosis and access to care
leads to survival with fewer complications. The end result takes a bite out of
cancer and leads to fewer tears.
"We realize this is a long road that begins with our research on effective
communication and education, but we're delighted that our trip has started
and we're in it for the long haul. We're ready to take the bite:' Logan said.
For more information about the center, please visit


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Gator Dentist Today
Published for the alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the
University of Florida College of Dentistry
Teresa A Dolan, D D S, M Ph
Professor and Dean
For additional copies contact
UF College of Dentistry
Communications Office
PO Box 100405
Gainesville, FL 32610-0405
(352) 273-5782

Lalane takes the

lead in catching

the wave

Robert Lalane, Class of 1980, is the first donor to the new Catch the
Wave D.M.D. Clinical Education Fund, created to pay for additional
improvements to the D.M.D. clinics as part of the 2008 transition to a
general dentistry model for the educational program.
Lalane and his wife, Monica, gave a generous donation of $40,000
to launch the fund and, in doing so, began the "second wave" of this
successful program.
"I am thankful for the education I received at the UF College
of Dentistry. I believe it is the very best education delivered in our
profession, and I feel that all alumni have an obligation to do everything
we can to support the school," said Lalane.
"While we were able to complete enough of the clinic renovations
to meet our launch deadline, we still have remaining software and
equipment upgrades that are critically important for the program:' said
Dean Teresa Dolan. "We were very grateful that Dr. Lalane stepped

forward to initiate this fund. I think it speaks volumes to our students,
knowing our alumni value their education enough to give back to the
college that helped build their career.
Lalane has a general practice in Boynton Beach, Fla., and currently
serves as the Atlantic District representative to the Academy of Alumni
& Friends. He and his wife have four children: Bobby, a second-year
medical student at Duke University; Allison, senior at UNC-Chapel
Hill; Charley, who is carrying on the Gator tradition as a freshman at
UF; and David who is in the fifth grade. In his free time, Lalane enjoys
hunting and fishing, and is an avid Gator fan.
The new D.M.D. clinical education model was launched in August
2008 and represents a major transformation of the educational model
for the program and brings a more comprehensive and real-world
approach to the students' experiences in clinic.



How you can help
Please consider making a donation to the D.M.D.
Clinical Education Fund
You can give online (www dental ufl edu and click on "Make a Gift
Online") or wrte a check designating the fund in the memo field For
more information, please contact Cathy Jenkins, Senior Director of
Development & Alumni Affairs, (352) 273-5779 or email
cjenkins@dental ufl edu


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Gator Bytes

* Faculty Awards, Honors and Achievements

* L. Jeannine Brady, Ph D, and Matthew J. Dennis, D D S, were
selected by the college's students as Teacher of the Year for the College
of Dentistry, recognizing their excellence, innovation and effectiveness in
teaching of the dental sciences Brady, associate professor in Oral Biology,
was selected as the 2008-09 Basic Sciences Teacher of the Year Dennis,
clinical associate professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Diagnostic
Sciences, was selected as the 2008-09 Clinical Teacher of the Year
* Michael Cellitti, D D S M S, recently joined the faculty of the UF
College of Dentistry having retired from 32 years in private pediatric dental
practice in Minnesota He is a Diplomate and Fellow of the American
Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and is now serving on staff at the college's
NCEF Pediatric Dental Clinic in Naples, which opened in December 2008
* Edward Chan, Ph D, a professor in the UF College of Dentistry's
Department of Oral Biology, received a one-year grant of $88,500 from
the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), a part
of the National Institutes of Health, to fund a pilot study on autoantibody
determinations and their xenobiotic associations The study is aimed at
determining the frequency and specificity of autoantibodies among healthy
individuals and correlating them with exposure to environmental xenobiotic
and is the first of its kind to look at a sample representative of the United
States population
* Roger Fillingim, Ph D, will receive the 2009 Wilbert E Fordyce Clinical
Investigator Award from the American Pain Society at their annual meeting
in May 2009 The award recognizes individual excellence and achievements
in clinical pain scholarship and is presented to a pain professional whose
total career research achievements have contributed significantly to clinical
practice Fillingim has also been asked to deliver a plenary lecture at the
annual meeting by the Scientific Program Committee
* Andrew Jakymiw, Ph D a research assistant professor in the College
of Dentistry's Oral Biology department, recently received two major
grant awards to fund his research aimed at developing RNA interference
(RNAi)-based therapies for the treatment of oral cancer In July 2008, he
was awarded a three-year, $375,000 new investigator research grant from
the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program at the Florida Department
of Health In September 2008, Jakymiw received a National Institutes of
Health, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research award that
provides one to two years of mentored support at $97,200 a year, followed
by up to three years of independent support contingent on securing an
independent tenure-track or equivalent research position, with funding of
$249,000 a year
* Katherine Karpinia, Gail Mitchell and Carol Stewart received
Faculty Enhancement Opportunity (FEO) awards FEOs are intended to
advance the academic, professional and scholarly abilities of faculty
members and provide an alternative to the sabbatical system Karpinia,
D M D M S, associate professor and director in Periodontics, received a
FEO award for the spring 2009 semester Karpinia will train at the World
Clinical Laser Institute in Charlotte, N C, to learn to use lasers to treat
dental patients Mitchell, associate professor in Community Dentistry
and Behavioral Sciences, received a FEO for the spring 2009 and spring
2010 semesters Mitchell will study advanced faculty development
education, cultivating critical thinking in the classroom and clinical
learning environments Mitchell will create a long-term professional
development program and also establish a faculty-learning community to
facilitate teaching of critical thinking at UF Stewart, professor in Oral
and Maxillofacial Surgery and Diagnostic Sciences, received a FEO for the
2009 spring and summer semesters Stewart is assessing the feasibility
of an Oral Medicine Residency program at the UF College of Dentistry and
investigating 'best practice' models for successful operation of an Oral
Medicine Clinic through site visits to four programs
* Theofilos Koutouzis, D D S, M S recently received an American
Academy of Implant Dentistry Research Foundation (AAIDRF) Award in
order to complete his research project "Comparative Soft and Hard Tissue
Responses to Titanium and Polymer Healing abutments The award of
$2,000, plus $500 for travel expenses to present the findings during a
meeting, was also sponsored in part by Straumann
* Shannon M. Wallet, Ph D, an assistant professor in the UF College
of Dentistry, recently received a $402,875, two-year grant from the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund a study to investigate regulatory
mechanisms of cyto/chemokine expression which directly and indirectly
contribute to tissue destruction and perodontal disease progression
In November 2008, she received a $75,000 contract from Palmolive
Corporation In 2007 she received a three-year, $414,000 grant from the
American Diabetes Association to investigate the role of gingival epithelial
cells in innate immunity of type 1 and type 2 diabetes
* Jennifer Watson, Ph D recently received a $10,000 grant for a pilot
research project to teach mothers in WIC clinics about oral health and
caries prevention Funding for the project was provided by a UF College
of Dentistry seed grant Watson, a research assistant professor in the
department of community dentistry and behavioral science, joined the
college in 2005

Catch the Wave

Second wave funding needs
About $2 2 million is needed for software and equipment upgrades
that will complete the transformation of the D M D clinics
New clinic management software $700,000 $1 2 million
Renovations to center labs $500,000
New student lockers $100,000
Operatory upgrades $337,280
curing lights for each operator ($38,500)
laser units in clinics ($24,000)
new operating units ($271,755)
doctor operating stools ($6,090)
assisting stools ($15,500)
electric pulp testers ($12,435)
x-ray units ($10,400)
x-ray chairs ($2,200)
store room upgrades ($20,000)
Total: $1.7 to $2.2 million


UF College of Dentistry PAID
Communications Office PermINo 94
PO Box 100405 GanesvlleFL
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S Greetings from Gainesville, Florida. With all that's going on in our world today, from fiscal
crises to wars and natural disasters, I must admit that it was a pleasure to join the rest of the Gator
Nation on January 8, and enjoy an amazing win for our football team.
I am immensely proud to be a part of this great university. This most-recent national championship
makes it even more important that the UF College of Dentistry maintains our history of national
Prominence in the areas of education, research and service. I am happy to report that, despite current
economic challenges, we succeed in all areas.
We're well into the second semester of the new D.M.D. clinical education model, which we've
dubbed "Catch the Wave." You'll be pleased to know that the changes provided a much-needed
transformation of our clinical education model and enhances the program in ways we expected and
more. In addition to facilitating student clinical learning experiences, it's been uplifting for faculty as
well, creating more cross-communications among departments and faculty.
In January the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) announced its research-funding rankings,
placing us fourth in the country; last year we were ranked seventh. This is a notable improvement and certainly our recent NIH
grant, which funds the new Southeast Center for Research to Reduce Oral Health Disparities highlighted in this issue, certainly
played a part in our ranking improvement. This is especially impressive considering the highly competitive nature of securing NIH
grant support.
In December we treated our first patient at the new NCEF Pediatric Dental Clinic in Naples and expect to serve approximately
5,000 patient visits during the first year of operation. Within several years, with the addition of faculty and more resident positions,
we will deliver up to 15,000 patient visits per year. The clinic is a valuable addition to our Statewide Network for Community Oral
Health because it will make a lifelong difference for thousands of children in the Naples area.
We've got some great events planned for our alumni, donors and friends as well. In this issue you learn more about Spring Synergy
Weekend, a CE and networking weekend in Gainesville where 150 attendees interacted with students and with members of the
FDA's Central Florida District Association. And make plans now for Dental Fall Weekend, once again scheduled for Homecoming
Weekend. The 250 weekend packages, which include tickets to Gator Growl, pre-game tailgate with the dental fraternity, and the
UF vs. Arkansas game, are likely to sell fast.
Why? Well, it's Gainesville. It's football. It's dental CE. And it's great to be a Florida Gator!

Best regards,

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Teresa A. Dolan, D.D.S., M.P.H
Professor and Dean




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