News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

April 19, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 16

Idaho State University Dental Hygiene Stands Out Internationally

Tara Johnson
Kristin Calley

For the upcoming International Symposium on Dental Hygiene in Glasgow, Scotland, over 160 dental hygiene scholars submitted research abstracts for refereed selection of presentations, more than 80 of whom requested oral presentations.

Only eight individuals were selected to give 30-minute oral presentations including Tara Johnson, Idaho State University assistant professor in dental hygiene, who studies chemoprevention of oral cancer.

Only 13 papers were selected for 15-minute oral presentations including three submitted by ISU dental hygiene faculty members: one submitted by Professors Carole Christie, Denise Bowen, and Carlene Paarmann regarding students’ self assessment of professionalism and ethics; one co-authored by Kristin Calley regarding an advanced dental hygiene practice model; and one by Ellen Rogo about improving access to oral health care.

The full abstracts for all 21 paper presentations and a limited number of those for poster presentations will be published in a supplement to the International Journal of Dental Hygiene (IJDH). The research abstract submitted by Brooke Agado, MSDH candidate, and Professor Bowen reporting results of a clinical trial examining effect of nonsurgical periodontal therapy in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and periodontitis (gum disease) was selected as one of only 20 out of 140 posters to be included in the IJDH.

Over 1,000 registrants from 25 countries - Australia to Latvia, Korea to Canada – will be attending the international symposium, a meeting held every four years.