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 The Hinman Student Research Symposium 2010 Volume 1 Issue 2 Winter 2011 Construction continues at the College of Dentistry  Research Spotlight: Dr. Simon’s Esthetic Dentistry Research SUPPORTING THE Dental Research OF DENTISTRY TODAY MESSAGE from the SENIOR EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATE DEAN for RESEARCH Welcome to the second issue of Dental Research, the research newsletter of the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee. Another year is over and a new one has just begun. What do you see in the year ahead? I see opportunity. I see the future of dentistry. Taking a glimpse back over 2010, it is easy to see that the College of Dentistry as a whole is headed in a new direction – one toward modernization and innovation. The main changes have been esthetic as the equipment and facilities in the dental clinics are moving out of the 1970s and into the 2010s. The new look not only provides a polish to the clinics but also allows the students to gain experience working with state-of-the-art equipment while serving the needs of their patients. In addition, the College of Dentistry witnessed many faculty changes – with the addition of many new research-focused faculty and the loss of a few long familiar faces. Franklin Garcia-Godoy, D.D.S., M.S. Dental research also added new faculty in 2010. Dr. Antheunis Versluis was hired as the new Director of Biomaterials and Dr. Melody Barron was brought on as a craniofacial pain and sleep disorder specialist, directing the new TMD/Sleep Disorder Clinic. The Department of Bioscience Research also expanded its research team with two new research associates and a grants and clinical research coordinator. Dental research is also benefiting from the renovations in the College, with the development of the Bioscience Research Center and Clinical Research Center. These new centers will be two new areas in Dunn Building that are dedicated to research. The former will add an additional 600 square feet of laboratory space and modern equipment. The latter will be the first area specifically designed for clinical research. It will include three exam chairs, a privacy room for consultations, a waiting area, and a private work station for researchers and sponsors. Looking over these exciting changes in the College and in dental research, it is difficult not to see potential for 2011. With 365 days of opportunity, why not lend your expertise to a research project this year and have an impact on the future of dentistry, today. Edited by: Laurel Wedel, M.A. Grants and Clinical Research Coordinator Department of Bioscience Research Direct comments to:

Dental Research 1(2) - Winter 2011

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