Feng Tao, Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, USA
Dr. Feng Tao is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M. University Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Tao received his RO1 grant and Independent Scientist Award from NIH in 2012 and 2014, respectively. He has published more than 30 papers in peerreviewed professional journals and he is serving as an editorial board member for some professional journals. Dr. Tao also served as an invited reviewer for Johns Hopkins ACCM Seed Grant, NSFsponsored
Pilot Funding at Louisiana State University, Arizona Biomedical Research Commission, Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership Regenerative Medicine Initiative, Wings for Life−Spinal Cord Research Foundation in Austria, NIH NRCS Study Section, and
Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Spinal Cord Injury and Neuropathic Pain Panel.
My research interests focus on the central mechanisms of pain and analgesia. The goal of our work is to understand how chronic pain develops and how the effect of analgesics on their neuronal targets are regulated. Since 2009, I have begun a collaboration with other investigators at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to address the problems of central chronic pain after spinal cord injury (SCI) using a unique stem cell approach. This research project has been
funded by a Maryland Stem Cell Research Grant. SCI is a major cause of disability and currently affects approximately 1,275,000 people in the United States. Pain is a debilitating consequence of SCI related to the nature of the lesion, neurological structures damaged, and secondary
pathophysiological changes of surviving tissues. Approximately two-thirds of persons who have sustained SCI experience clinically significant pain after injury. Post-SCI pain can increase with
time and is often refractory to conventional treatment approaches. In this research project, we will provide experimental evidence for a clinical trial of stem cell therapy for SCI pain. The overall goal of this proposal is to optimize stem cell transplantation strategies in the treatment of SCI-induced chronic neuropathic pain and to demonstrate the molecular mechanism by which spinally transplanted stem cells relieve SCI pain. My laboratory is also interested in addressing the neurobiological mechanisms that underlie the transition from adaptive acute pain to maladaptive chronic pain. Previous studies have shown
that psychosocial and socio-environmental factors are involved in the development of chronic postsurgical pain. My laboratory combines plantar incision with stress to investigate the pain transition process after surgery. We hypothesize that stress induces the transition from acute to chronic postsurgical pain through stress hormone-produced regulation of AMPA receptor function. This research proposal has been funded with a 5-year NIH RO1 grant. In this proposal, we will use our stress-induced pain transition model to define underlying mechanisms. Our results will identify stress as a risk factor for the development of chronic neuropathic pain after surgery. This novel concept will help us predict which patients are at greater risk for developing chronic pain after surgical procedures. Eventually, monitoring of stress hormone levels in the blood may help physicians improve pain control in high-risk patients.
Josephine Esquivel-Upshaw, University of Florida, USA
Biography: Dr. Josephine F. Esquivel-Upshaw is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, Division of Prosthodontics. She obtained her dental degree from the University of the Philippines in 1991 and her Master’s of Science in Dental Education and Certificate in Prosthodontics from Northwestern University in 1994. She was hired as a clinical fellow and then an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Dentistry in 1995. She was promoted to Associate Professor and awarded tenure in 2000. She moved to the University of Texas Health Science Center in 2000 where she worked at the General Dentistry department as a Group Practice Leader and worked in faculty practice. She returned to the University of Florida in 2006 as an Associate Professor and an Associate Chair. In 2009 she obtained her Master’s of Science in Clinical Investigation from the University of Florida. During her career, she has obtained over $5 million in both extramural and intramural funding. She has published highly cited articles as well as holds several patents. Her research focus is on ceramics, wear and survival of prosthesis. She is currently the principal investigator on a federally funded research project for $3.2 million.
Research Interest: cliinical trials, ceramics, wear corrosion
Boren Lin, The University of Toledo, United States
Boren Lin graduated from Kent State University with MS in Chemistry in 2003 and PhD in Biomedical Sciences in 2006. You was Postdoctoral Fellow in Kent State University for several months and later joined the University of Toledo in 2007 to continue his research. He also holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering earned from Tunghai University in Taiwan and a second MS in General Engineering from the University of Toledo. Dr. Lin is currently one of the PIs in NSF Center for Disruptive Musculoskeletal Innovations. Dr. Lin has involved in a wide spectrum of research projects including cancer treatment, drug delivery, bone metabolism, immunology, and molecular and cellular biology. His long term interest is to translate basic science to clinical use and to bridge the communication gap between industry and university laboratories. His most recent projects are research and development of an antibiotic-loaded bone void filler and a novel technology for pathogen identification.
• Biomaterials for bone regeneration and repair
• Inflammatory responses and its regulators
• Cancer-induced bone diseases and its treatment.
Mourgela Sofia, Saint Savvas Anticancer Institute, Greece
Chrisostomos Sofoudis, Center for Control Disease and Prevention, Aegean College, Greece
Cecilia Young, Physician Pharmacist People Health Magazine, Hong Kong
Dr. Cecilia Young was trained at the Prince Dental Philip Dental Hospital and graduated from the University of Hong Kong with the Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1994. She has been a general dental practitioner and an independent researcher. She had obtained her Master in Public Health in 2006.
She has worked as the dental consultant for the Chinese Federation of Travel Agency, Dental consultant and columnist The Hong Kong Economic Journal, Health Plus Magazine and Physician, Pharmacist, People Health Magazine. She is the editor for the International Journal of Experimental Dental Science, the International Research Journal of Dentistry, SciTz Dentistry: Research & Therapy and the Journal Remedy Open Access- Dentistry and ARC Journal of Dental Science, SL Dentistry, Oral Disorders and Therapy, International Journal of Dental Research and Oral Sciences, Annals of Medical Case Reports-Dentistry & Oral Medicine etc.
She is the reviewer in various medical and dental journals and has published widely in various journals
Graduated in DMD 1994 from faculty of medicine, Tel-Aviv university. Postgraduate in endodontic specialist course 1994-2000.
Chairman and Assistant Profesor of Endodontic and Dental Trauma Department, Director of Post-Graduate Program in Endodontics in Rambam hospital.
Assistant Profesor in faculty of medicine, Technion.Member of the Endodontic Specialty Committee, Scientific Council.
Author of more than 70 international scientific articles in dentistry.
Dental traumatology – epidemiology, treatment and prevention of dental trauma.
• Bacterial infection – influence of disinfection and medicine on root canal and dentinal tubules.
• Oral surgery – preventive medicine in oral surgery and avoidance of unnecessary short- and long-term complications.
Leon Ardekian, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Israel
1. Sialoendoscopy for treating obstructive diseases of the salivary glands.
2. Minimal invasive surgery for temporomandibular joint disorders.
3. Epidemiology, pathogenesis, and treatment of odontogenic cysts and tumors.
4. Risk factors for success and failure of dental implants.
5. Life-threatening conditions in maxillofacial trauma.
Anna Tampieri, National Research Council, Italy
I worked for 30 years at the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), which is the main public research institution in Italy. Particularly my research activity has been carried out at the Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramics (ISTEC), where I coordinated the Research Group on Bioceramics and Bio-hybrid composites for 25 years and I am now appointed as Director of ISTEC, since February 2016. The main focus of my research approach was the development of new biomaterials and devices for regeneration of hard connective tissues, namely bone, teeth and osteocartilaginous tissues. Since in the last decades the need of more effective and personalized approaches became an urging issue, my focus was also dedicated to smart functionalization of biomaterials. In this respect my vision bases on the main concept of biomimetics, that is the development of materials mimicking the host tissues to induce a prompt and positive physiological response, thus activating and sustaining the regenerative processes. To pursue this goal, my focus was particularly directed to nature-inspired approaches, in order to reproduce in synthetic biomaterials the outstanding composition and structure, therefore their unique properties, of biological tissues. By this approach I developed several new concepts in biomaterials synthesis that were then exploited into commercial devices.
In particular, in the early 2000s I developed a new bio-inspired synthesis approach by which hybrid nanocomposites mimicking the newly formed mineralized and non-mineralized human tissues can be developed, demonstrating outstanding regenerative properties in pre-clinical and clinical studies. Then, at the end of 2000s I developed a new approach for the synthesis of biomimetic scaffolds for limb regeneration by inventing a multi-step transformation process (i.e. biomorphic transformation) of natural woods exhibiting structure close to that of bone. This new process give rise to hierarchically organized, highly bioactive scaffolds potentially, and uniquely, able to regenerate extensive parts of long, load-bearing bones. As a new approach for smart functionalization, required to implement more effective, targeted and personalized therapies, I also developed a new paramagnetic nanoparticle made of iron-substituted apatite, characterized by excellent biocompatibility, osteogenic ability, and functional properties that can enable new safer approaches as smart drug delivery system, diagnostics and therapeutics, to be activated in a non-destructive manner and on demand. Along my whole carrier I was coordinator of several research projects (14) funded by European and National funding schemes; in other 13 EU or National projects I acted as Work Package Leader. The running of these projects enabled the development of a number of innovative biomaterials, most of which gave rise to patents that were licensed to companies active in the biomedical field, and subjected to tech-transfer to translate them into commercial products. To be mentioned: -a porous hydroxyapatite scaffold that uniquely permits complete recovery of the skull function, upon even very large and complex-shaped cranial defects, that today is considered a golden standard in cranial reconstruction. -new hybrid scaffolds obtained by bio-inspired assembling and mineralization, mimicking the biological phenomena leading to new bone formation, that today are commercial implantable devices for bone and osteochondral regeneration, now being tested in multicentric clinical experimentation. -new bone scaffolds obtained by transformation of woods with bone-mimicking structure that is now being translated to a high-tech startup for the achievement of a proof of concept of its unique ability to regenerate long portions of the limbs. These numerous exploitation activities, together with the activity of coordination and management of large international consortia, attest my managerial skills, and also demonstrate a remarkable ability to attract investment capital in addition to having a high track record in terms of biomedical products successfully brought to the clinic and on the market.
The main focus of my research approach was the development of new biomaterials and devices for regeneration of hard connective tissues, namely bone, teeth and osteocartilaginous tissues. Since in the last decades the need of more effective and personalized approaches became an urging issue, my focus was also dedicated to smart functionalization of biomaterials. In this respect my vision bases on the main concept of biomimetics, that is the development of materials mimicking the host tissues to induce a prompt and positive physiological response, thus activating and sustaining the regenerative processes. To pursue this goal, my focus was particularly directed to nature-inspired approaches, in order to reproduce in synthetic biomaterials the outstanding composition and structure, therefore their unique properties, of biological tissues. By this approach I developed several new concepts in biomaterials synthesis that were then exploited into commercial devices.
Iraj Lotfinia, Tabriz University of medical science, Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Tetsuji Nagata, Shinshu University School of Medicine, Japan
Francisco Torrens, Universitat de València, Spain
Francisco Torrens is lecturer in physical chemistry at the Universitat de València. After obtaining a PhD in molecular associations in azines and macrocycles from the Universitat de València, Dr. Torrens undertook postdoctoral research with Professor Rivail at the Université de Nancy I. More recently, Dr. Torrens has collaborated on projects with Professor Tomás-Vert. Major research projects include characterization of the electronic structure of electrically conductive organic materials, theoretical study of new electrically conductive organic materials, protein modelling, electronic correlation, development and applications of high-precision mono and multi referential electronic correlation methods, development and application of high-precision quantum methods, methodological developments and applications of quantum methods, molecular modelling and chemistry-computer applications for the description and prediction of molecular properties, development and integration of a computational system for the discovery of active drugs against AIDS, cancer pandemics and other microbial diseases of high social impact, starting an electronic journal of scientific-technological and gender spreading, computational design, chemical obtaining and biological evaluation of new antiprotozoal and anticancer drugs, prediction of the environmental impact of chemical substances using chemobioinformatics tools, discovery of new inhibitors of tyrosinase: computational design, synthesis, characterization and experimental corroboration, search for new antimicrobial agents that inhibit the synthesis of the bacterial cell wall, minimal active domains of proteins of the Bcl 2 family, analysis of pores of BAX at nanometric scale and study of the in vivo antioxidant capacity of phenolic compounds through QSAR/QSPR modelling: crossing of the blood-brain barrier and interactions with cytochromes and drugs. His scientific accomplishments include the first implementation in a computer at the Universitat de València of a program for the elucidation of crystallographic structures, and the construction of the first computational-chemistry program adapted to a vector-facility supercomputer in a Spanish university.
Theoretical chemistry, Physical chemistry, Mathematical chemistry, Computational chemistry, Molecular modelling, simulation, and design, Computer-aided drug design and development, Molecular graphics and representation of molecular properties.
Hui (Bob) Wang, Institute of Chemical And Engineering Sciences, Singapore
Dr. Hui Wang received his doctorate in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is currently a Research Fellow in Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. His work has appeared in around 30 peer-reviewed journal papers, two pending patents with Bayer, three book chapters with Springer, Elsevier, and Wiley respectively, and numerous conference proceedings. Dr. Hui Wang's efforts have been recognized by several awards from Canada government and University of Waterloo.
Semi-batch reactor technology for gradient copolymers; Polymer synthesis and characterization; Surfactant technology; Kinetics, catalysis, and reaction engineering of hydrogenation of polymer; Advanced targeted drug delivery; Supercritical technology for catalytic reaction and catalyst recovery; Enhanced oil recovery techniques; Environmental chemistry and engineering.
Talat Qadri, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
I am living with my wife and have a private Clinic in Enköping ,Sweden ( especially those patients with Periodontitis and Peri implantitis ) I have also interest in photography some time in nature I work 25% in University as scientist to research about lasers in Odontology .I have mentioned in my CV .
I have experience of all kind of lasers . I have been working with lasers since 1988. Starting with HeNe laser. Experience about lasers:
Medical Lasers or LLLT .Biostimulation 632 nm, 650 nm 660 nm what we call it Red laser785 nm 810 nm 904 nm nfrared lasers.
Surgical Lasers: 1064 nm Nd:YAG 2940 Er.YAG 940 nm 980 nm and 445 nm Diode lasers. My research interest is Periodontitis and peri implantitis using of different wavelengths .At this moment I am working with 445 nm and find out , all kind of benefit of this laser. I am writing a chapter in book about lasers in Periodontology .
Guangxiang Zang, Umea University, Sweden
Right now I am a researcher engineer in Medical Bioscience, Umea University, Sweden. In 1999, I graduated from School of Stomatology, Jamisi University China. Then I became a dentist in Muling dentistry hospital for two years. Interesting with research I entranced Jilin University China as a Master student. Three years later I worked as a oral pathology doctor in School of Stomatology, Jilin University. Following with assistant professor (Physician) and lecturer (attending doctor). 2009 saw my graduation of Ph.D, which my major is clinic science of stomatology. I also became the Director of Department of Oral Pathology, School of Stomatology Jilin University, China. From autumn 2009, I started my research work in Medical Cell Biology, Uppsala University ,Sweden.
I mainly work on TGFb signal pathway, which is involved in many processes of cell biology, especial cancer cells proliferation, invasion and metastasis. I also worked on tumor angiogenesis, which also plays a potent role in tumor growth and metastasis. VEGF signaling mainly regulates endothelial cells biology and angiogenesis.
Mohammed Yasser Kharma, Aleppo University, Syrian Arab Republic
Lecturer of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of dentistry,
Aleppo University, Syria, 1993- 2. Vice Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, Aleppo University, 1997-1999 3. Consultant oral surgery, Al-Fanateer Hospital, R.C., Al-Jubail, KSA 1999-July/2004 .
4. professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of dentistry, Aleppo University, Syria 2004-2012 .
5. Head of department oral maxillofacial surgery
/faculty of dentistry/Aleppo university/1/9/2010/ until 1/9/2012
6. Head of department oral maxillofacial surgery
/Farabi College for dentistry/Jeddah-KSA/ from 1/9/2012/ - until present
7. Professor in department oral maxillofacial surgery /Farabi College for dentistry/Jeddah-KSA/ until present.
Mohammad Waheed Mohammad El-Anwar, Zagazig University, Egypt
Emad Tawfik Daif, Cairo University, Egypt
Ismail KUCUKKURT, University of Afyon Kocatepe, Turkey
Ismail Kucukkurt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Afyon Kocatepe. Dr Kucukkurt completed his Ph.D. at Afyon Kocatepe University. His research interests lie in the area of saponins and some plants extract its antioxidant effects on tissue and organism. Also, he investigated obesity, effects of elements, especially boron, on tissue morphology, moleculer and biochemical mechanism. He has collaborated actively with researchers in several other disciplines of biological science. He has taught biochemistry on undergraduate topics in veterinary medicine.
Obesity, hormones especially leptin, minerals especially boron, saponins, Oxidative stress, lipid peroxidation, antioxidant capacity, Biochemistry.
Huseyin Avni BALCIOGLU, Istanbul University, Turkey
H. A. Balcioglu, DDS, PhD, holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy at Istanbul University Faculty of Dentistry. After receiving his dental degree from Istanbul University Faculty of Dentistry, in 2001, Dr. Balcioglu worked as a Research Assistant in the department of Anatomy, for five years, and completed the PhD program, while he also worked in private dental practice. During 2007-2008, he served his military service as a lecturer at Gulhane Military Medical Academy. He was appointed to assistant professorship of anatomy in 2009 at Istanbul University Faculty of Dentistry. He took part in administrative activites associated with his roles as a faculty board member. He is currently a member of the Board of Medical Specialties Reporting System Commission (TUKMOS) of Turkish Ministry of Health. Dr. Balcioglu has lectured as an invited speaker in different symposiums, particularly about TMJ/TMD.
His research interest includes radiologic anatomy, temporomandibular joint disorders and dentistry education. He is a member of Turkish Society of Anatomy and Clinical Anatomy, and Association of Basic Science Teachers (ABSTD). He is a fan of Caykur Rizespor.
Vural Fidan, UniversitySchool of Medicine, Turkey
Dr Vural Fidan has recieved his MD and PhD in Hacettepe University. He is deputy director of ENT department. He is an Otorhinolaryngologist at Yunus Emre Goverment Hospital. He worked as a visiting scientist at Yale University ENT and Allegry departments. He has more than 20 SCI indexed articles. Research interests are pulmonary hypertension, allergy, otology, rhinology and sleep medicine.
Yasemin Benderli Cihan, Kayseri Education and Research Hospital, Turkey
Radiotherapy, breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, chilhood tumors, hemaetology, chemotherapy, alternative medicine, radiobiology, trace elements. Publications.
Jiiang-Huei Jeng, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Professor Jeng, male, School of Dentistry, National Taiwan University Medical College and Department of Dentistry, National Taiwan University Hospital. Ph.D in Graduate Institute of Clinical Dentistry, National Taiwan University Medical College (1994). He worked, during 1995-2015, sequentially as a lecturer, assistant professor, associate professor and professor in the National Taiwan University Dental School.
Dr. Jeng is a specialist in both Endodontics and Periodontics. He got IADR Hatton Award in 1993 and IADR distinguish award of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics in 2012, Brazil. He practiced endodontics, periodontics, and implant dentistry in the National Taiwan University Hospital since 1991 and currently is the chair in Department of Endodontics. He is also a professor, researcher and teaching staff in the National Taiwan University Dental School. His major research work involves endodontics, periodontics, implantology, as well as pharmacology, toxicology, chemical carcinogenesis and material biocompatibility. He has published many papers in scientific journals including Biomaterials, Acta Biomaterialia, J Endod, Int Endod J, J Dent Res, Carcinogenesis, J Periodontol, PLoS ONE etc. He also served as a reviewer and editorial board member of many journals.
Endodontics, Periodontics, Oral Biology, Chemical carcinogenesis, Material Biocompatibility, Signal transduction, Pharmacology/Toxicology.
Yao-Chen Chuang, Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Taiwan
Dr. Yao-Chen Chuang received his Bachelor of Medicine from the Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Medical College of Xiamen University and his PhD in Physiology at the Medical College of National Taiwan University. Despite being an assistant professor at the Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Dr. Chuang is also an Executive Director of Specialty Committee on Immunology of Traditional Chinese Medicine of World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies; Director of Macau Alzheimer’s Disease Association and Nursing Specialty Committee of World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies. His research area of interests including Arterial stiffness, Cardiovascular disease, Diabetic Nephropathy, Oncology, Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Arterial stiffness, Cardiovascular disease, Diabetic Nephropathy, Oncology, Traditional Chinese Medicine.
MUTLU ÖZCAN, University of Zurich, Swaziland
Faaiz Y. Alhamdani, University of Ibn Sina for Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Iraq
Dr. Faaiz Alhamdani is currently Assistant Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Head of Scientific Committee at the College of Dentistry, Ibn Sina University. He finished his PhD in Newcastle University, UK in 2012. Part of his PhD project was qualitative study on patients’ experiences with blow-out fractures of the orbit.
Alexandre Cestari, University of Federal Institute of Education, Brazil
I am graduated in Industrial Chemistry (2003-2006) and Master of Sciences with emphasis in Material Chemistry (2007-2009). In the beginning of 2009, I founded, with FAPESP government support, the CesNas Materials, an industrial plant that produced glass ionomer dental cements. I worked there until the end of 2010, when I start to work at the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of São Paulo (IFSP). In my career, I patented 3 industrial processes and published 16 articles and 2 book chapters. My H-index is 7 and the sum of the times cited is 142.
Sol-Gel methods, ethanol, biodiesel, catalysts and dental materials.
Nuket Gocmen, Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey
Volumetric analysis of organs (especially brain) via stereological and tracing techniques, Flap surgery on cadavers and clinical interventions, Microanatomy (SEM and TEM) on neuroanatomy and aging, Anthropometric measurements on body and dry bone materials.