Jonathan An, a Class of 2015 DDS/PhD student, received the Hatton Award for research in June 2012 at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) meetings in Iguaçu Falls, Brazil.
An, representing the United States, won the international award in the junior category after winning the Hatton Award at the American Association for Dental Research meetings in March. His winning presentation was titled “Modulating Alcohol Effects on the Midface by Vitamin A Derivatives,” and his preceptor was Dr. Timothy Cox of the Departments of Pediatrics and Oral Health Sciences.
“The International Hatton Award is the highest research honor a dental student can achieve,” said Dr. Linda LeResche, Interim Associate Dean for Research at the School of Dentistry. “We are extremely proud that Jonathan has been recognized for the quality and importance of his research.”
More recently, An received the School of Dentistry’s 2012 Clinician Scholar Award for his project, “Chemokine Epigenome Modification and Its Association With Bacteria in Periodontitis.” It was mentored by Whasun “Sun” Oh Chung, PhD, Research Associate Professor and Director, Summer Research Fellowship program, with additional collaboration from Dr. Sul Ki Hong and Dr. Bob London of Periodontics and Dr. Chuck Spiekerman of Oral Health Sciences. An presented his study at Dental Student Summer Research Program Poster Presentations during the School’s annual Research Day on Sept. 21. He will represent the School in the National Student Research Competition at the 2013 ADA meeting in the fall of 2012 in New Orleans.
An, who had previously been a researcher in the School’s Department of Oral Biology (before it merged into Oral Health Sciences), was also one of the initial winners of the IADR’s Haraeus Travel Award in 2010. He was one of five worldwide recipients of the award, given to young investigators who study new and innovative testing methods for dental materials, along with ways to develop and improve those materials.
The IADR/Unilever Hatton Competition and Awards are a showcase for leading junior researchers from around the world, who present their work at the annual IADR general session.
Third-year student Peter Yamamura received first-place honors in the American Dental Association/Dentsply Student Clinician Research Awards during the ADA annual meetings in San Francisco in October.
Yamamura’s was judged the best among 27 entries in Category II: Basic Science Research. His presentation was titled “Effects of MTA on Stem Cells of the Apical Papilla.”
The award is accompanied by a cash prize of $750. In addition, Yamamura receives a travel prize to represent his research at the Thomas Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta in March 2013.
“I couldn’t be happier,” said Yamamura’s mentor, Dr. Avina Paranjpe, Assistant Professor of Endodontics.
Students who received national scholarship awards this year include Patricia Clevenger (Class of 2014), who received the 2012 ADEA/Johnson and Johnson Healthcare Products Preventive Dentistry Scholarship, and Leigh Armijo (Class of 2014), who received the 2012 ADA Foundation Underrepresented Minority Dental Student Scholarship.
Juliet Dang, a third-year PhD candidate in oral biology in the School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral Health Sciences, was named a University of Washington Magnuson Scholar for 2012. Six students, one from each UW Health Sciences school, received the award, which is given on the basis of academic performance and potential scientific contributions. The awards commemorate the late Sen. Warren G. Magnuson of Washington, who was a strong supporter of health research.
Dang, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, received her B.S. in biology from the University of Winnipeg in 2002 and a dental hygiene diploma from the University of Manitoba in 2006. After working for two years, she entered the UW master’s degree program in oral biology and received her degree in 2010. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the human papillomavirus and oral cancer.