April 01, 2008

Link between dental health, overall wellness to be explored at Research ShowCASE


For years, dentists have believed that there is a link between a person's gum and teeth wellness in comparison to overall health. A Research ShowCASE forum -- "Oral 'Fix'ation: Oral-Systemic Health"-- will explore this concept in-depth from 8:30 to 10 a.m., April 17.

Want to find out more about what's causing aches and pains? Visit the dentist. Although the idea that regular dental and periodontal treatment could alert health practitioners to conduct systemic exams for patients is a fairly new revelation, the concept is not so far-fetched -- especially in cases of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and some infectious diseases. In fact, dentists could one day be the entry point to many aspects of the health care system, because the study of oral-systemic disease connections is a rapidly advancing area of research.

During the forum, researchers from the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine will share information on their research, and how dental practitioners are in a unique position to promote a more comprehensive and holistic approach to maintaining good health. The Department of Periodontology's Leena Palomo assistant professor, will moderate the event, which will feature Nabil Bissada, professor and chair and Yiping Han, associate professor, along with Marsha A. Pyle, professor and associate dean for education, Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology.

The "Oral 'Fix'ation" forum is just one of several taking place during Research ShowCASE, an annual event which highlights ongoing research from the university and its collaborating partners. Now in its sixth year, the free exhibition -- taking place April 16 and 17 at Veale Convocation Center -- is open to the campus community and general public.

More than 500 undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral students and faculty will present research being conducted at Case Western Reserve, and its collaborating institutions, including University Hospitals, MetroHealth System, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic, through poster displays, interactive demonstrations and other media.

Read more for a complete list of Research ShowCASE forums and events.

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, April 1, 2008 11:23 AM | News Topics: Community Outreach, Events, Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Lectures/Speakers, Provost Initiatives, School of Dental Medicine, Technology, features

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