This year, the 28th Annual Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) Research Day looked a little different than usual. Due to public health issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Research Day was forced to forgo the customary in-person poster judging and presentation sessions; instead shifting to an online format that saw researchers presenting and judges deliberating over virtual conferences and video chats.
“Research is core to our mission at Indiana University School of Dentistry,” said Dr. Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch, IUSD dean. “We have a proud tradition of excellence in research going back to our inception as a dental school. This year, the impact and necessity of research for the health of the global community is felt acutely.”
Similar to our academic programs and clinical care, research activity has had to pivot in order to continue in the face of changes wrought by the latest novel coronavirus. Dr. Tien-Min Gabriel Chu, associate dean for research at IUSD, credits the innovation and persistence of IUSD students, faculty, and staff for ensuring the success of the annual Research Day program. “I’m so proud to see IUSD as a whole continue to thrive even under these challenging circumstances,” Dr. Chu said. “Indeed, we are thriving in our research endeavors, engaged in recruiting new research faculties and supporting faculty research activities.”
The centerpiece of Research Day is the awards ceremony, which recognizes the best research presentations and clinical case reports during the academic year. This year’s big winner was 4th year DDS student Reed McKinney, who received four awards, including the Dean’s Award for Research Excellence and the Cyril S. Carr Research Scholarship. His presentation, Effects of N-Demethylation Nicotine Metabolites on Oral Streptococci Biofilm Formation, also won the prestigious King Saud University Award for Excellence in Preventive Oral Health Care.
“I am very impressed by the depth and breadth of the many research projects reviewed in this year’s Research Day submissions,” Dr. Chu concluded. “We are inspired to ignite this desire for inquiry to continue to pursue new knowledge that will advance the oral health profession.”
Download the full program monograph with all submitted abstracts here: