Faculty News

Dr. Cindy Amyot (BSDH ’92, MSDH ’93, ESD ’00, EdD), professor emeritus and recently retired associate dean for Distance Education and Faculty Development, will contribute to the 2020 Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health, only the second time such a report will focus on oral health. Dr. Amyot will contribute to a section titled “Oral Health Integration, Workforce and Practice.”

Dr. Timothy Cox, endowed professor in musculoskeletal tissues, and his group in the Department of Oral & Craniofacial Sciences published their latest work as part of an international cleft lip/palate consortium, describing the identification of two new genes causing cleft lip/palate in humans. The work adds to the four new genes the team reported last year. The current work also was highlighted in July in an oral presentation at the David W. Smith Workshop on Malformations and Morphogenesis.

Dr. Sarah Dallas, the Lee M. and William Lefkowitz endowed professor, under a grant from the Kansas City Musculoskeletal Diseases Consortium, will be collaborating with Dr. Charlotte Phillips from UM-Columbia for the project “Compromised Mitochondrial Function in the Pathogenesis of Osteogenesis Imperfecta.”

Dr. Kenneth J. Frick (DDS ’86), clinical associate professor and director of the Advanced Program in Endodontics, wrote “Endodontic Considerations in the Management of Endodontic-Periodontal Lesions,” a chapter in the textbook Endodontic-Periodontal Lesions, published this year. He also presented a poster session in September on a case study at the European Society of Endodontology in Vienna.

Dr. Jeffrey Gorski, professor emeritus in the Bone Biology Program, co-wrote “Secreted Noncollagenous Proteins of Bone,” a chapter in the 4th Edition of Principles of Bone Biology. He also was invited to be part of the oral presentation of “Model of how ameloblasts and odontoblasts pre-engineer dentin-enamel junction’s stability yet facilitate sensitivity to cancer radiotherapy and caries” at the 13th International Conference on the Chemistry and Biology of Mineralized Tissues.