George Hajishengallis of the School of Dental Medicine is featured for studying a protein that prevents periodontitis and could eventually help prevent bone loss.
School of Dental Medicine
Periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, doesn’t just cause soft-tissue inflammation and bleeding. It also destroys the bone that supports the teeth. If it progresses unchecked, it can lead to tooth loss and is even associated with systemic inflammatory conditions like atherosclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Biopharmaceuticals, or drugs that are based on whole proteins, are expensive to make and require refrigeration to store. Insulin, for example, is unaffordable and inaccessible to most of the global population.
Denis Kinane of the School of Dental Medicine is quoted on innovations in dental work.
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Dean Denis Kinane of the School of Dental Medicine suggests using a tongue scraper to help remove bacteria that causes bad breath.
The immune system not only responds to infections and other potentially problematic abnormalities in the body, it also contains a built-in brake in the form of regulatory T cells, or Tregs. Tregs ensure that inflammatory responses don’t get out of hand and do damage. In autoimmune diseases, sometimes these Treg cells don’t act as they should.
Dean Denis Kinane of the School of Dental Medicine and director Lynn Marsden-Atlass of the Arthur Ross Gallery comment on the exhibit “Courtly Treasures: The Collection of Thomas W. Evans, Surgeon Dentist to Napoleon III.”
Courtly Treasures: The Collection of Thomas W. Evans at
University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery
July 18 – November 8, 2015