September 10, 2015

Student Alexander Stanton receives national research award

Second-year dental student Alexander Stanton has received the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR) 2015 Charles R. Morris Student Research Award, the AAOMR has announced.

Alexander Stanton discusses his research during poster presentations at the School of Dentistry’s Research Day in 2014.

Alexander Stanton discusses his research during poster presentations at the School of Dentistry’s Research Day in 2014.

Stanton received the national award for his investigation of the relationship between the angle of the mandibular condyle (a knob on the jaw at the joint) and osteoarthritis-induced degenerative changes. Such changes in the jaw are thought to be linked to temporomandibular disorders including disc displacement and degenerative disease.

He found a link between moderate to severe degenerative changes of condyles and increased condyle  angles, and concluded that assessing the condyle angle could help in diagnosing mandibular degenerative disease and tracking its progression.

Stanton originally performed his study, based on cone beam computed tomography images and reports, for the School of Dentistry’s Summer Research Fellowship (SURF) program in the summer of 2014. His faculty advisers were Dr. Lars Hollender and Dr. Peggy Lee, both of the Department of Oral Medicine.

According to the AAOMR, the Charles R. Morris Student Research Award is designed to encourage new investigators, not yet professionally established, to participate in research to further knowledge in oral and maxillofacial radiology, to develop competency in research and to gain insight into scientific investigation.  The objective is to stimulate the scientific development of promising students and to encourage them to embark on a career in academic oral and maxillofacial radiology.

Along with a $1,000 award, recipients receive an invitation to present their research at the organization’s annual session, plus free AAOMR student membership. Award submissions are based on these criteria:

  • Clarity of conceptual definition
  • Adequacy of literature review
  • Originality
  • Soundness of methodology
  • Significance of contribution to the science of oral and maxillofacial radiology
  • Manuscript format and style