Aug 16, 2006    #128
Contact: Bill Marse, School of Dentistry educational resources
(816) 235-2104

Internationally renowned researchers to assemble in Kansas CitySchool of Dentistry pulls together first groundbreaking Oral & Craniofacial Biology Symposium

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry is sponsoring the first Oral & Craniofacial Biology Symposium October 9 and 10 at the Kansas City Marriott in downtown Kansas City. August 21 is the deadline for early registration.

Held in tandem with the school’s 125th anniversary, the symposium is a forum for scientists, clinicians, and students to learn directly from principal investigators about the most current advancements in oral biology, dental biomaterials, and translational and clinical research.

“What makes this event unique is these speakers are the best at what they do,” said David Eick, Ph.D., Curators’ Professor and Oral Biology Chair in the UMKC School of Dentistry. “This assembly of international scientists is rare and unlikely to happen again soon.”

Speakers include:

Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Director, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Tabak studies salivary gland function, specifically mucin functions within the oral cavity.

Professor Paul Sharpe

Head of Department of Craniofacial Development, Dickinson Professor of Craniofacial Biology, Director of Research, the Dental Institute, King’s College London

Sharpe is renowned for pioneering research into the genetic control of tooth development.

Robb Krumlauf, Ph.D.

Scientific Director, Stowers Institute, Kansas City

Krumlauf studies regulatory pathways patterning the vertebrate brain and body plan in development, disease and evolution.

Bjorn R. Olsen, Ph.D

Hersey Professor of Cell Biology, Harvard-Forsyth Professor of Oral Biology, Chairman, Harvard-Forsyth Department of Oral Biology

Olsen is a recognized expert in skeletal tissues and organ morphogenesis.

For a complete listing of speakers and abstracts, visit

The symposium features formal presentations, small group and panel discussions, exhibits, poster presentations, and opportunities to mingle with the preeminent researchers.

“This conference speaks to the mission of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: to improve oral, dental and craniofacial health through research, research training, and the dissemination of health information,” said Michael J. Reed, B.D.S., Ph.D., dean of the School of Dentistry. “The symposium also furthers UMKC School of Dentistry’s goal of leadership in dental education and research.”

To register, or for more information, call the School of Dentistry at (816) 235-2022 or (800) 643-9671.

The UMKC School of Dentistry stands as an internationally recognized leader in dental education, research, and service. It provides a four-year curriculum that combines classroom education with clinical experience. The school maintains teaching relationships with six hospitals and five community health clinics. It is the only dental school in Missouri and neighboring Kansas, and serves 33,000 patients of record. In addition to teaching and service, research is an element vital to the school’s identity and international reputation.

UMKC, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences, and urban affairs.


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