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AADR Announces 2021 Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA) Winners

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, Medical University of South Carolina, 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