Keynote Speaker

About the Research Day 2020 keynote speaker

Nisha D’Silva, BDS, MSD, PhD, is the Donald Kerr Endowed Collegiate Professor, and Associate Chair of the Division of Oral Medicine, Pathology and Radiology, at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She is also Professor of Pathology at the UM Medical School and a member of the UM Rogel Cancer Center.

Dr. D’Silva is a clinician-scientist. Her translational research in head and neck cancer focuses on molecular mechanisms of tumor progression and treatment resistance and corresponding biomarkers. She has published over 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals. She received the Distinguished Scientist Award for Oral Medicine and Pathology from the International Association of Dental Research, and the Rod Cawson Prize from the International Association of Oral Pathologists and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Dr. D’Silva is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, which is her area of clinical practice. She enjoys teaching and mentoring, and is a recipient of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research Distinguished Mentor award. She serves as a member of the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council, NIH. She is also serving as Treasurer of the IADR.

Her Research Day keynote presentation is titled Oral Cancer: Corrupting the Microenvironment. She will discuss head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) which is the 6th most common cancer in the world, with about 600,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Invasion is a critical phenotype for development and progression of HNSCC. Elucidation of the mechanisms of invasion could provide novel treatment strategies for HNSCC. Cutting edge mechanistic studies in HNSCC and translational investigations of the clinical application of these findings will also be discussed.

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