Dental Student Receives Fellowship to do Research in Oral Health Care

Cassandra StewartThird-year dental student, Cassandra Stewart was selected as one of the members of the initial class of the ADEA/TheraBreath® Student Research Fellowships. Stewart was chosen as a fellow based upon her abstract she submitted to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).

Her abstract is titled, "The Effects of Uncontrolled Diabetes Mellitus on Xerostomia: The Role of Nitric Oxide." As a result of her submission, Stewart was awarded a $2,500 stipend from the ADEA to conduct clinical research in the area of xerostomia. The fellowship was open to dental students and dental hygiene students across the nation. Out of the five chosen for the first class, Stewart was the only dental student selected. The ADEA presented the fellowships on March 18, 2014 at the 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas.

Nneka Obi, Elodie Epane and Alex Akbari, also third-year dental students, will work alongside Stewart on this clinical research project. Their research focus will address topics such as diabetes and its effects on oral health disparities, cavities and how genetic research can be beneficial to African-Americans in regard to oral health care. All four students are mentored by Pandu Gangula, Ph.D., associate professor and chairman of oral biology and research with the School of Dentistry.

ADEA LogoCreated in 2013, the ADEA/TheraBreath® Student Research Fellowship stipend was designed to be paid to the student’s dental or dental hygiene school to support their basic science or clinical research project in the areas of xerostomia, halitosis or both.

Harold Katz, D.D.S., founder of the ADEA/TheraBreath® Student Research Fellowship and developer of the TheraBreath line of premium oral care products, is credited for the funds that students receive.  "TheraBreath is a company that is deeply committed to furthering scientific research in the fields of halitosis and xerostomia," says Harold Katz, D.D.S., CEO of TheraBreath®.  "We are happy and honored to be able to help support these recipients' interest in working in these specialty areas of oral care."

The findings from the students’ clinical research, in the areas of xerostomia, will be presented at the 2015 ADEA Annual Session in Boston.