Pamela Dillon Presents Two Abstracts at National ACTS Conference

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Congratulations to Pamela Dillon, Pharm.D., research liaison for the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR), who presented two abstracts on behalf of the CCTR at last week’s Association of Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) conference in Washington, D.C.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
In her first presentation titled, “Pilot Funding: An Evaluation of Return on Investment,” Dillon discussed the return on investment (ROI) realized through the CCTR Endowment Fund program. Since the development of the draft abstract, it has been determined that the ROI calculation is $13.74, meaning that for every $1 of CCTR Endowment Fund awarded, Virginia Commonwealth University sees $13.74 in extramural grant funds from this particular group of investigators.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The second presentation focused on the research speed networking event co-hosted by the CCTR and Tompkins-McCaw Library this past January. The speed networking event took place in conjunction with more than 40 activities that made up “Ready, Set, Grant!“, a four-day event aimed at helping researchers learn competitive grant writing skills. …………………………………….
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Pamela Dillon presents her pilot funding abstract at ACTS

Dr. S. Esra Sahingur Presents Periodontitis Research at West Hospital

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S. Esra Sahingur, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Periodontics for the VCU School of Dentistry and former Center for Clinical and Translation Research (CCTR) KL2 scholar, gave a presentation titled, “A New Paradigm in the Pathogenesis of Periodontitis: Intracellular Innate Sensors and Emerging Therapeutic Targets,” at the West Hospital’s Cardiology Conference Room on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

An R01 grant-recipient, Sahingur is studying the cause of periodontitis, an inflammation of gums that can lead to tooth loss and additional health complications if not treated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 47.2% of U.S. adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease.

Click here to learn more about Sahingur’s research and R01 grant.

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First image up top: S. Esra Sahingur, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Periodontics for the VCU School of Dentistry and former Center for Clinical and Translation Research (CCTR) KL2 scholar