UW School of Dentistry

Dr. Larry Kessler to present keynote talk at Research Day

Dr. Larry Kessler, Chair of the UW Department of Health Services, will discuss “Regulatory and Scientific Challenges in Advancing Dental Technology” in the keynote address at the School of Dentistry’s annual Research Day on Friday, Sept. 20.

Dr. Larry KesslerDr. Kessler, who is also Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy at the UW, served as Director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Surveillance and Biometrics, Center for Devices and Radiological Health until 2008. From 1984 to 1995, he headed and developed the Applied Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute. In 2001, he spent a year as a visiting scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and served on the faculty of the Department of Health Services.

His research focuses on the cost-effectiveness and diagnostic value of medical technology in screening for cancer and other diseases.

Dr. Kessler’s talk will be followed by presentations from School of Dentistry faculty:

  • Dr. Johan Aps, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, will discuss his research on new imaging modalities in the diagnosis of dental and craniofacial diseases.
  • Dr. Richard Presland, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, will discuss his research on salivary diagnostics in graft-versus-host disease.
  • Dr. Mark Drangsholt, Chair of the Department of Oral Medicine and Professor of Oral Medicine and Oral Health Sciences, will discuss his research on quantitative sensory testing in the diagnosis of orofacial pain.

Research Day lectures will be held in Room T-625 of the UW Health Sciences Center from 8:15 to 10:50 a.m., followed by student poster presentations in the Health Sciences Center lobby  from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.