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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