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Faculty Development: Oral Health Seminar Series-'A Scientific Reason for not looking a gift horse in the mouth: An Association of Periodontitis with Systemic Diseases

Limited Attendance - For All ULSD Faculty and Postdoctoral Students at No Charge. Pre-Registration is Mandatory

Course Director: Douglas S. Darling, Ph.D.

Guest Speaker: Jan S. Potempa, Ph.D., D.Sc.

Event Date: Friday, March 15, 2013

LOCATION: University of Louisville School of Dentistry - 501 South Preston Street
Louisville, KY 40202


: Noon
Course: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

ROOM 119 (lunch provided)

Pre-Registration is Mandatory


This series of 1-hour sessions examines basic biomedical /oral health research by faculty from the medical and dental schools, or invited speakers from other universities. The seminar series is attended by both ULSD Residents and all Faculty.

At the completion of attending these sessions, the participant will be able to;
• Understand the most current scientific knowledge in the oral health topic areas.
• Understand novel experimental approaches used for biomedical discovery.
• Anticipate novel clinical treatments being developed for the future.
Outcome assessment: participants will be able to critically assess the biomedical basis for new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.

Noon - 1:00 p.m. (Lunch provided)
Oral Health Seminars meets the first Friday of most months during the fall and spring semesters (plus additional Friday meetings). Registration required per meeting.

About Douglas A. Darling, Ph.D.; Jan S. Potempa, PH.D.

Dr. Darling received his PhD at the University of Washington, Seattle, and then trained at the University of Chicago, followed by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Harvard University. He has directed a molecular biology research laboratory at ULSD for over 20 years. Dr. Darling has served on the executive boards of several research centers at UofL, and is currently the Director of the ULSD Oral Biology Graduate Program. 

Dr. Potempa completed his Ph.D. and D.Sc. (habilitation) in Biochemistry at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. During 1985 - 1988, he conducted postdoctoral at the University of Georgia and remained there as a Senior Research Scientist from 1989 - 2008. In 2009, he moved to the University of Louisville Dental School, where he currently holds the position of Professor and Academic Scholar. Concurrently, during all these years, he maintains a teaching and research position at the Jagiellonian University, where he is Head of the Department of Microbiology and a Research Professor. He holds doctorate honoris causa from the University of Lund (Lund, Sweden). Dr. Potempa’s investigations are focused on proteolytic enzymes of bacterial pathogens that play important roles in the dysregulation of a number of physiological pathways and evasion of host immunity. He discovered new families of proteinase inhibitors and proteinases, referred to as staphostatins and gingipains, respectively. His current research is focused on: (i) bacterial pathogens interaction with the innate immunity system; (ii) the characterization of new enzymes and establishing their role in microbial pathogenesis; (iii) elucidation of a novel protein secretion system (PorSS) used by periodontopathogens to secrete their virulence factors, and (iv) exploration of a link between periodontitis and systemic diseases, especially rheumatoid arthritis. This research is highly cited (over 8,000 citations) by other researchers. In 2011 Dr. Potempa received the most prestigious award for scientific achievements in Poland (Foundation for Polish Science Prize) for discovery and characterization of gingipains as virulence factors and targets for drug development to treat periodontitis. 



Lecture: CEU(s) - 1

Education Method: Live Interactive Format

FEES Pre-Registration by
3/22/2013 12:00 PM
On-Site Registration NOT AVAILABLE
ULSD Faculty $0 $0

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