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AADR Announces 2021 AADR Hatton Competition Winners

Alexandria, Va. – The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 AADR Hatton Competition. 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.

The AADR Hatton Competition is designed for junior investigators (junior, senior and post-doctoral) who exhibit potential for a productive career in dental research. Candidates presented their research virtually on July 19, 2021 and the winners went on to compete in the 2021 IADR Hatton Competition on July 20, 2021.
The winners are:

1st Natalie Atyeo
Oral Herpesvirus Infection Induces FOXQ1, a Novel Lytic Cycle Promoter
University of Florida, Gainesville

2nd Charlotte Martin
Epigenetic Editing of Endogenous Periodontal Transcription Factors by CRISPR Activation
Columbia University, New York, N.Y.

1st Kyle Vining
Mechanical Checkpoint Regulates Monocyte Differentiation in Fibrotic Matrix
Harvard University, Boston, Mass.

2nd Waheed Awotoye
Whole-Genome-Sequencing Reveals de-novo Mutations Associated with Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip/Palate
University of Iowa, Iowa City

1st Joshua Emrick
Determining the Function of Tooth-innervating Trigeminal Sensory Neurons
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, Bethesda, Md.

2nd Zhi Ren
Supraorganism-like Interkingdom Interactions during Biofilm Initiation in Saliva
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Other competitors include:
Lama Alabdulaaly, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Expression of Pth1r in MALPs-Dependent Negative Regulation of Skeletal Homeostasis

Massimo Di Battista, Boston University, Mass.
Quantification of the Regional Acceleratory Phenomenon Using Deep Learning

Matthew Carson, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
Antimicrobial-Induced Oral Dysbiosis Exacerbates Naturally Occurring Alveolar Bone Loss

Bei Chang, Texas A&M University, College Station
Dental Pulp Stem Cell Polarization: Effects of Biophysical Factors

Atul Dhall, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Bimodal Nanocomposites for Biomedical Applications

David Fraser, University of Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y.
Poly(Ethylene Glycol) Hydrogels Control Integrin-Mediated Periodontal Ligament Cell Differentiation

Shawn Alexander Hallett, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Contribution of PTHrP-Expressing Chondrocytes in the Cranial Base Spheno-Occipital Synchondrosis

Cherice Hill, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
3D Mandibular Kinematic Analysis of the Temporomandibular Joint

Lauren Katz, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Regulation of Enhanced Craniofacial Myogenic Regeneration by Ebf1

Kyuhwan Kwack, State University of New York at Buffalo
Monocytic Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells in Obesity-Associated Periodontal Disease

Alisa Eunyoung Lee, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
DPSC-Derived Extracellular Vesicles Promote Rat Maxillofacial Bone Regeneration

Kevin Kaiyuan Lou, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Accelerated Cutaneous Wound Healing Through Exosome and IP-10 Delivery

Raksha Narendra, Stony Brook University, N.Y.
Characterization of K14-Expressing Ductal Cells in Parotid and Sublingual Glands

Beatriz Panariello, Indiana University, Bloomington
Low-Temperature Plasma is Effective Against Peri-Implantitis-Related Biofilms

Vidhath Raghavan, University of Illinois, Chicago
Lyophilization of Engineered Exosomes for Regenerative Medicine

Ahmed Malik Sidahmed, University of Iowa, Iowa City
Alterations in the Oral Microbiome Associated With SARS nCov2 Infection

Min Shin, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
PDL Fibroblasts and Osteoblastic Cells Regulate OTM Through NF-κB

Christina Sun, Augusta University, Ga.
Matrix-Bound Zoledronate Enhances Biofilm Colonization of Hydroxyapatite: Effects on Osteonecrosis

Bridgette Wellslager, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
Heat-Shock-Protein27 is an Important Early Regulator in P. Gingivalis-Driven Selective-Autophagy

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

Yao Yao, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
3D Melt Electrospinning Writing Multiphasic-Structured Scaffolds for Coordinated Periodontal Regeneration

About the American Association for Dental Research

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