James Bader, DDS, MPH

Dr. Bader is Research Professor in the Operative Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. He is also Senior Research Associate at the Health Services Research Center at UNC, as well as Clinical Associate Professor in Health Policy and Administration at the UNC School of Public Health. He completed his DDS, MPH and Certificate in Dental Public Health at the University of Michigan.

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Dr. Bader was Editor of the Journal of Dental Education from 1986 to 2001. He is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Dental Association for Evidence-Based Dental Practice. He is a past President of the Behavioral Science/Health Services Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research and was a member of the Health Services Research and Dissemination Study Section for the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR). His work on outcomes of care and variations in dentists’ treatment decisions has been published in numerous journal articles.

Ann Griffen, DDS, MS

Ann Griffen received her dental degree and her pediatric dentistry certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston followed by a masters of science in molecular genetics from the Ohio State University. Dr. Griffen is a professor in the College of Dentistry. An accomplished researcher, Dr. Griffen is known for her work in the microbiology of periodontitis and dental caries using molecular approaches.

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Dr. Griffen is funded through the National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and she has served on numerous NIH review panels. She mentors dental, masters, and doctoral students, and many of her pediatric dental resident master’s students have won national awards. She has published extensively and is sought after as a speaker on her work using advanced molecular genetic techniques. In addition, Dr. Griffen is board certified in pediatric dentistry and maintains an active clinical practice, and teaches both pediatric dental and oral microbiology courses at the College.

Athena Papas, DMD, PhD

Dr. Papas is the Erling Johansen Professor of Dental Research, and the Head of the Division of Oral Medicine and Public Health Research at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts.  With expertise in the oral healthcare of the elderly, medically compromised and cancer and bone marrow transplant patients, she is a member of more than 15 professional organizations.

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She specializes in the care of geriatric, Sjogrens syndrome, xerostomic and cancer and bone marrow transplant patients. Dr. Papas has been the principal investigator of 40 clinical trials and co-investigator of many more studies.  Dr. Papas was selected as the 2009 recipient of the International Association of Dental Research PTT Distinguished Scientist Award and has been the President of PTT and is now chair of the distinguished scientist awards committee.

Dr. Papas has a distinguished research career in multiple areas of dental drug and device therapy, and has published numerous papers utilizing her extensive clinical research experience in the fields of Geriatric Dentistry, Caries Research, Sjögren’s Syndrome, medically compromised patients, and xerostomia. She offers lectures to students, faculty, and the general population at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Dr. Papas is also part of the Tufts Dental Associate Group. Compassionately treating patients with severe disabilities has been one of her main goals. Throughout her career she has strived to help the elderly and medically compromised by combining research, treatment and teaching.

Dr. Papas earned a BS in Biology at Tufts University, a PhD in Oral Biology at MIT, a DMD at Harvard University and a Harvard NIDCR post-doctoral Fellowship at Children’s Hospital.

Mark S. Wolff, DDS, PhD

Dr. Mark S. Wolff is Professor and Chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care and Associate Dean for Pre-doctoral Clinical Education at the New York University College of Dentistry.     Dr. Wolff holds a DDS degree, a PhD in Oral Biology and Pathology, and a general practice residency certificate, all from Stony Brook University. He also completed an externship in periodontics at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Northport, New York.

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Prior to joining NYU College of Dentistry in 2005, Dr. Wolff’s appointments at Stony Brook included Professor of General Dentistry and of Oral Biology and Pathology; Director of Operative Dentistry; and Associate Dean for Information Technology and Special Projects. He has designed, developed, and implemented an extensive curriculum in caries risk assessment and management and has designed dental information systems to assist dental schools in monitoring the risk of the entire dental patient populations. He was the founding Councilor of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Cariology Section.  Dr. Wolff has completed numerous international research and oral health assessment programs. He has published over 60 scientific papers.  He has served as the principal or co-principal investigator on multiple National Institute of Health and industrial funded bench top and clinical research projects investigating dental caries, dental erosion, periodontal disease, dental materials and dentinal hypersensitivity.  He has conducted an extensive array of clinical research, including studies of novel remineralizing and anti-dental caries agents.  He frequently serves as a media source for information on consumer issues and serves as a host on a nationally broadcast dental health radio show.

Domenick Zero, DDS, MS

Domenick T. Zero holds the position of Associate Dean for Research, Director of the Oral Health Research Institute and Professor and Chair of the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry at Indiana University School of Dentistry. Dr. Zero previously held the position of Associate Director for Research and Associate Professor of Oral Sciences at Eastman Dental Center, Rochester, New York and Professor of Dentistry at the University of Rochester.

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After receiving his dental degree from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1975, Dr. Zero completed a general dentistry residency at the Eastman Dental Center and then a three-year research fellowship leading to a master’s degree from the University of Rochester in 1979. As a principal investigator, he has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health and private industry. Dr. Zero has lectured extensively as an invited speaker throughout the country and abroad and is well recognized for his expertise in the field of Cariology and the use of in situ caries models. In 1996 he assumed the presidency of the Cariology Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research. From 1999 to 2001 he served as an elected member of the European Organization for Caries Research (ORCA) Advisory Board. He has also served as chair and vice-chair of the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs, as a member of the Dental Products Panel of the Food and Drug Administration’s Medical Devices Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Expert Panel on School-based Dental Sealant Programs.