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Case's resident endodontists win national awards

Four of the 10 national awards for student research projects—presented during the "Pathways to Success" meeting of the American Association of Endodontists in Anaheim, Calif.—went to Case Western Reserve University residents in the department of endodontics at the Case School of Dental Medicine.

Taking home honors were Michael Mindiola, first place; Kumar Subramanian, third place; Jiten Patel, seventh place; and Igor Kantorovich, ninth place.
More than 70 students in endodontics submitted research projects during the AAE meeting.

In a different competition, George Brown Jr. won honors with his first-place research project at the Ohio Dental Association. This is the second year he placed first in research. His research project was "Oral Pathology in Endodontics."

In addition to learning dental procedures associated with endodontics, Dr. Jefferson Jones, chair of Case's endodontics department, requires all residents in the two-year program to undertake a research project-a practice that other departments at the dental school have begun instituting for their residents.

He attributes his students' success to the fact that he requires all residents entering the Case program to have at least five years of experience in a dental practice-before undertaking the residency program. More than 200 students apply each year for the four residencies available.

Mindiola, a second-year resident, received the first place award of $1,000 for his research project, "Endodontic Prevalence and Influential Retention Factors in a Native American Population. His research project draws upon a decade of work with Native American populations in Alaska, Arizona, South Dakota and Oklahoma. When he finishes his residency in June, he will return to the Indian Health Service to work predominantly with the Cherokee population in Tahlequah, Okla.

Other researchers assisting with Mindiola's project were Case faculty members Andres Mickel, Sami Chogle, Jones, Suchitra Nelson and James Lalumandier.
Second-year resident Subramanian, who is from Columbus, Ohio, undertook the project, "16S Cloning and Sequencing of Endodontic Surgical Samples" to understand why some people do not heal after having endodontic surgery.

First-year resident Jiten Patel's project, "Antibacterial effects of calcium sulphate and DFDBA mixed with sterile saline, doxycycline, or 2% lidocaine" He studied the effectiveness of combining antimicrobial granting and barrier materials against the proliferation of the bacteria Enterococcus faecalis. He found that the Chlorhexidine component in the treatment "displayed a significantly larger zone of inhibition" against the bacteria.

"An Inhibition of Microbial Coronal Leakage of Temporary Filling by Calcium Hydroxide Base"-second-year resident Igor Kantorovich's project-examined the temporary restorations used in root canals and their effectiveness against the penetration of naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth. Using 160 decoronated human incisors, he randomly used five combinations of cotton and calcium hydroxide solutions to determine the best combination to prevent the penetration of bacteria over a 30-day period.

Kantorovich found the use of calcium hydroxide in the temporary filling delayed bacteria prevention.


About Case Western Reserve University

Case is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work.