3M Espe Research Day 2010
The 2010 Faculty of Dentistry 3M Research Day was held on 1 April 2010 at the Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum.
Kimmy Lin was awarded the ‘Best Student Oral Presenter’ Prize for her presentation Unravelling the Pathogenisis of Invasive Cervical Root Resorption.
Associate Professor Rangsini Mahanonda
Department of Periodontology, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Rangsini Mahanonda’s major research interest is in the critical role of innate immunity in periodontal disease. She has investigated how the non-immune innate cells, human oral epithelium and gingival fibroblast orchestrate the immune response to bacterial plaque products to keep homeostasis or result in disease expression. Her other research interests include the link between periodontitis and atherosclerosis and how periodontal infection is involved in the vasculature pathology and enhances plaque rupture.
Mr Francis Smith
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco
Francis Smith’s lifetime experience with a rare genetic craniofacial disorder (Treacher Collins syndrome) has led him to pursue a doctorate in craniofacial embryology at the University of California, San Francisco. Before he went to San Francisco, he studied craniofacial development at King’s College. Outside of his laboratory, he is a pianist and violinist (despite his lack of hearing), an artist, a lover of antiques and an avid traveller.
Professor Mauro Farella
Department of Oral Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Otago
Mauro Farella’s research is centred on the biomechanics of the masticatory system and the physiopathology of jaw muscles and temporomandibular joints. He has been working in research projects carried out at the University of Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Naples and Zurich. He is Professor of Orthodontics at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He has published over forty original articles in international peer-reviewed dental and non-dental journals and lectured in many countries.