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Study Published in the Journal of Dental Research Demonstrates That Community Water Fluoridation is not Associated With Increased Risk of Osteosarcoma

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May 11, 2020, Alexandria, Va., USA—The Journal of Dental Research published today the results of a study that demonstrated that community water fluoridation is not associated with increased risk of osteosarcoma. 

More than sixty percent of the U.S. population have access to community water fluoridation, considered to be one of the most important public health policies of the twentieth century due to its reduction of tooth decay at the population level. Fluoride ingestion has been suggested as a possible risk factor for osteosarcoma based on a 1990 animal study. Six of the seven subsequent case-control studies in humans reported that fluoride in drinking water was not associated with osteosarcoma.

This study assessed whether living in a fluoridated community was a risk factor for osteosarcoma by performing a secondary data analysis using data collected from two separate, but linked studies. Patients for both Phase 1 and Phase 2 were selected from U.S. hospitals using a hospital-based matched case-control study design. For both phases, cases were patients diagnosed with osteosarcoma and controls were patients diagnosed with other bone tumors or non-neoplastic conditions. 

May 2020 – David Wong

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David T.W. Wong DMD, DMSc, is Felix & Mildred Yip Distinguished Professor, Associate Dean of Research, and Director of the Oral/Head and Neck Oncology Research Center at University of California Los Angeles. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), AADR Fellow, past member of the ADA Council of Scientific Affairs, and the past president of American Association of Dental Research (AADR). He is current chair of the NCI Liquid Biopsy Consortium and chartered member and co-chair of the NIH CSR Cancer Biomarker Study Section (CBSS).

Fatemah Momen-Heravi Named 2020 Recipient of the AADR Anne D. Haffajee Fellowship

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Alexandria, Va., USA, May 6, 2020 – The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) announced Fatemeh Momen-Heravi, Columbia University, New York, USA is the 2020 recipient of the AADR Anne D. Haffajee Fellowship.

Momen-Heravi is a clinician-scientist at Columbia University Medical Center and a member of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her laboratory is focused on understanding the interplay between the immune system and tumors to identify actionable molecular targets for head and neck cancer and other solid tumor treatments; examining the role of extracellular vesicles/exosomes in metastasis and mediating cellular cross talk, and hacking this cross talk by genetic engineering; as well as exploring the role of innate immunity in the pathogenesis of periodontal disease and its convergence with diabetes and carcinogenesis.

Douglas Berkey Named 2020 Recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award in Geriatric Oral Research

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Alexandria, Va., USA, May 6, 2020 – The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) announced Douglas Berkey, University of Colorado, Aurora, USA as the 2020 recipient of the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Geriatric Oral Research.

Berkey is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine where he has served as the Chair of the Department of Applied Dentistry and as a faculty member for 28 years. While at CU, he was awarded the Rocky Mountain Study Club Professor of the Year. He is the past Chairman and continues to serve on the Board of Trustees for Delta Dental of Colorado and is also the Editor-in-Chief of Dental Abstracts, an internationally respected oral health journal. He is a member of the American Dental Association’s National Elder Care Advisory Committee and was a past ADA delegate to the Joint Commission.

Anne George Named Recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award in Biological Mineralization Basic Research

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Alexandria, Va., USA, May 6, 2020 – The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) announced Anne George, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, as the 2020 recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award in Biological Mineralization Basic Research.

George is the Dr. Allan G. Brodie Endowed Professor and Professor of Oral Biology.  She leads a team of research specialists and mentors students in the Brodie Tooth Development Genetics & Regenerative Medicine Research Laboratory at the UIC College of Dentistry.


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