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Dental Student Receives Award at Hinman Student Research Symposium

Ann Arbor, MI — November 17, 2015 — A third-year dental student at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry received a major award during a recent prestigious research program in Memphis.  Eight major awards were presented, four for clinical research and four for basic science research at the Hinman Student Research Program.

John Le (D3), received one of four major awards in basic science research for his investigations into a gene that controls wound healing.  Le discovered that when the gene, known as FIG4 (an abbreviation for Factor Induced Gene), is turned off in mouse models, wounds heal faster.  “We hope these findings will aid in developing new clinical methods to speed development of wound healing in the mouth and other parts of the body,” he said.

Le is mentored by Drs. Cristiane Squarize and Rogerio Castilho, both assistant professors in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine.

The Hinman Student Research Symposium featured oral and poster presentations of research projects by 94 dental and graduate students from 51 dental schools in 30 states, the District of Columbia, and three Canadian provinces.  The symposium is co-sponsored by the Hinman Dental Society and the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry.

Keynote speaker for this year’s program was Dr. Paul Krebsbach, chair of the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences at the U-M School of Dentistry and professor of Biomedical Engineering at the College of Engineering.  He is also the current president of the American Association of Dental Research.  Krebsbach spoke about advances in bone regeneration research to treat injuries and human diseases.