2020 Nabers Visiting Professorship | Inflammation and Periodontal Disease


12th Annual Claude L. Nabers, DDS, MS and Blanche Eaton Nabers Visiting Professorship in Periodontics


The Visiting Professorship in Periodontics was created in July 2008 by Claude L. Nabers, DDS, MSD, and his wife, Blanche Eaton Nabers, of San Antonio. Dr. Nabers (UTSD Class of 1946) has directed that the “Nabers Lecture” be made available to students and faculty, as well as private practitioners. This lectureship continues Dr. Nabers' own commitment to continuing education, which has included lectures in 26 states and 14 foreign countries, as well as postdoctoral studies in 15 separate dental schools and regional associations. Dr. Nabers was the 1980 Outstanding Alumnus of UT School of Dentistry at Houston and has been included in six different Who's Who publications, relating to America, Medicine and Healthcare, and in the World. The 2015 lecture continues this lasting tribute to Dr. Nabers and his love for his profession.




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Tuition | Course Fee

$165 - Dentist or Allied Dental Personnel

Course fee is due at time of registration.

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This presentation will review the resolutions of inflammation in the context of periodontal disease, clarify the role of bacteria in periodontitis, and explore therapeutic targets. As our understanding of inflammation has matured, resolving the molecular basis of inflammation, which is distinct from pharmacologic anti-inflammation, has emerged. Resolving inflammation is an active receptor agonist mediated well-orchestrated return of tissue homeostasis. Likewise, the isolation and resolution of endogenous lipid mediators, called lipoxins and resolvins, opened new doorways for the management of periodontitis, including periodontal regeneration.

Recent studies suggest that periodontal diseases are categorized as inflammatory diseases and are initiated by bacterial biofilm; infectious inflammatory diseases. Dysbiosis of the oral microbiome is a result of inflammation, which amplifies the inflammatory cascade. This implies that the host response to the biofilm can destroy the periodontium in the pathogenesis of the disease. This shift has broad implications for the prevention and treatment of periodontitis and it is crucial that advanced practitioners understand this evolution.


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the relationship between inflammation, bone loss and tissue regeneration in periodontitis
  • Explain the mechanism of action of periodontal regeneration; why it works and doesn't work in different situations
  • Discuss potential modifications of treatment regimens for the patient with periodontitis to control inflammation, prevent further damage and achieve true periodontal regeneration.

About Our Speaker


Thomas E. Van Dyke, DDS, PhD, is a professor and vice president for Clinical and Translational Research at the Forsyth Institute in Cambridge, MA; earned his DDS (1973) from Case Western Reserve University; MS (1979) from State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo in Oral Sciences; Periodontics Certificate (1980) from SUNY at Buffalo, and his PhD (1982) from SUNY at Buffalo in Oral Biology. Dr. Van Dyke earned the Balint Orban Memorial Prize for Research in Periodontology (1981); IADR Award for Basic Research in Periodontology (2001); Norton Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research (2002); William J. Gies Periodontology Award (2008); Fellow of AAAS (2016). Dr. Van Dyke is also the president of the International Association of Periodontology (1997-1999); A diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology (1989); and is a member of the the American/International Association of Dental Research; American Academy of Periodontology; International Association of Periodontology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society of Microbiology, IADR Periodontal Research Group, American Dental Association. 

Dr. Van Dyke has published 300+ original articles and numerous abstracts and book chapters. He is best known for his work on the pathogenesis of oral and systemic inflammatory diseases, resolution of inflammation in neutrophil biology, and clinical research.


For their continued support and participation in our sponsored programs UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston Gratefully acknowledges




Credit Hours

490 Periodontics - Lecture: Hours - 3



Registration | 7:30 AM
Introduction | 8:20 AM

Presentation | 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Includes Continental Breakfast


The Denton A. Cooley, MD & Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center
7440 Cambridge Street
Houston, TX 77054
(University doors open at 7:30 AM)


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