Topic: “Wide Open: Genetics In Dental Practice“
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Speaker: Dr. Mary MacDougall
Venue: Radisson President Hotel, 8181 Cambie Road, Richmond, BC
Time: 6:00 p.m. (registration) 6:30 p.m. (dinner) 7:30 p.m. (lecture)
Fee: Free (Member) $125 (Non-Member)
Synopsis: With the unmasking of the human genome, our comprehension of the genetic aspects of human disease are leading to new approaches in the prevention, diagnosis and management of craniofacial, oral and dental diseases in dentistry. We are now appreciating the role that hereditary factors contribute to caries, periodontal disease, missing or supernumerary teeth, altered tooth structure, and oral cancer. Based on the expanding market of commercial personalized genetic test kits, dentists should be prepared to discuss genetic factors, testing, and susceptibility for dental disorders with their patients. This presentation will provide a foundation in genetics, genetic disorders and the application of gene wide association studies in the dental practice; Covering the identification of genetic dental disorders through family histories, understanding the principles of genetic disorders, providing an overview of various dental structural, patterning and morphologic disorders, and a basic understanding of gene wide association studies and their application to dentistry for disease risk.
The Speaker: Dr. Mary MacDougall, BA, PhD, is the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia. She earned her Ph.D. in Craniofacial Biology at the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry and her B.A. in Biochemistry at the University of California at San Diego, Revelle College. She has held faculty appointments at three dental schools: University of Southern California, the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She served as Associate Dean for Research at both UTHSCSA and UAB where she held the Presidents Council Chair in Dental Research and the James R. Rosen Chair in Dental Research, respectively. She is the founding director of UAB’s Global Center for Craniofacial Oral and Dental Disorders (GC-CODED) and the NIDCR supported training programs DART (UAB) and CO-STAR (UTHSCSA). She served as President of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR, 2005-2006) and International Association for Dental Research (IADR, 2013) and has received the IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards in Pulp Biology Research (2001), Mineralized Tissue Research (2005), as well as the AADR National Student Research Group Mentor of the Year Award (2003), the AADR Distinguished Mentorship Award (2011), the Burton C. Borgelt/SCADA Faculty Advisor Award from the Student Clinician of the American Dental Association (2012), and the IADR Distinguished Women Faculty Mentor (2017). She is an AADR and American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow. Dr. MacDougall’s research centers on the molecular mechanisms associated with tooth formation, dental tissue-specific cytodifferentiation, extracellular matrix formation and dental genetic dental diseases. She has published18 book chapters and over 150 peer-reviewed articles. Her research has funded by the NIH/ NIDCR since 1985; with total career federal funding in excess of 22.5 million dollars.