Research Day

Birnberg Research Program

The College of Dental Medicine's annual Research Day, the Birnberg Research Program, is a two day event established as an opportunity for the entire school community to review abstract research posters presented by D2, D3 & D4 students in the research fellowship/assistantship program and postdoctoral students actively engaged in clinical, basic and translational research projects. Day two of the event brings forth a guest speaker selected by the Dean in conjunction with the Research Advisory Committee to be presented with the Birnberg Research Award and to deliver the Birnberg lecture.

Birnberg Research Award

The Birnberg Research Award was established by the Alumni Association of the Columbia University, School of Dental & Oral Surgery (now presently known as the College of Dental Medicine) in the early 1950's to encourage dental research of excellence and to help stimulate public interest in support of dental research. The award is named in honor of Dr. Frederick Birnberg (1893-1968), class of 1915, who helped establish a research fund.

The College of Dental Medicine's Research Advisory Committee considers individuals who have made important contributions to dentistry through both research and mentoring for selection and the lecturer and recipient of the Birnberg Award. Fifty-seven outstanding scientists and teachers have been honored as the Birnberg Lecturer since the first Birnberg Award was presented in 1954.

Birnberg Lecturers and Award Recipients 

2014
Henry Ginsberg, MD
"How the Irving Institute Supports Columbia Investigators across the Full Range of Research"
 
2013
Peter J. Polverini, DMD, DMSc
"Limiting Tumor Progression & Overcoming Drug Resistance by Targeting Angiogenesis"
 
2012
R. Bruce Donoff, DMD, MD
"The Medical Treatment of Surgical Disease"
 
2011
Michael Longaker, MD, MBA, FACS
"Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine: A Surgeon's Perspective"
 
2010
Sally Marshall, PhD
"Remineralization of Dentin"
 
2009
Deborah Greenspan, BDS, DSc
"Global Oral Health: Implications of the HIV Pandemic"
 
 
Congratulations to all pre-doctoral and postdoctoral students who contributed to making the 2014 Birnberg Research Program a showcase for student research at CDM!
 
Birnberg Student Award Recipients 2014 - Predoctoral
 
BASIC SCIENCE
1st Awardee - Yehuda Isseroff
Drug Screens on Patient-Specific iPSC-Derived Cariomyocytes
Mentor: Dr. Masayuki Yazawa
Columbia University, Physicians & Surgeons - Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine
 
2nd Awardee - Ying Yue
Functions of Wnt/ β-catenin and BMP Signaling Pathways During Dentin Regeneration
Mentor: Dr. Jeremy Mao
Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine - Growth & Development, Division of Orthodontics
 
Both Yehuda and Ying will be attending and presenting their research at the 2014 Hinman Student Research Symposium in Memphis, Tennessee from October 31-November 2, 2014
 
CLINICAL SCIENCE
1st Awardee - Juliana Ginsberg
Studying the Impact of Next Generation 'Extreme Carbohydrates' on Oral Health in Children
Mentor: Dr. Shantanu Lal
Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine - Growth & Development, Division of Pediatrics
 
2nd Awardee - Bahareh Goshayeshi
Malignant Transformation of Oral Lichen Planus, A Retrospective Case Study
Mentor: Dr. Edward Zegarelli
Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine - Hospital Dentistry, Division of Oral Pathology
 
Juliana will be attending and presenting her research at the American Dental Association SCADA/DentsPly Student Clinician Research Program at the Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas from October 9-12, 2014
 
SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL/PUBLIC HEALTH/HEALTH SERVICES
1st Awardees - Ashley Coffey & Anshul Mainkar
Dental Anxiety in Washington Heights: A Preliminary Study
Mentor: Dr. Lynn Tepper
Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine - Population Oral Health, Division of Behavioral Science
 
2nd Awardees - Natali Nunez & Jessica Quick
Early Childhood Caries Managment Programs Underway in the United States: An Environmetnal Scan & Analysis
Mentor: Dr. Burton Edelstein
Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine - Population Oral Health, Division of Behavioral Science
 
Birnberg Student Award Recipients 2014 - Postdoctoral
 
Best Postdoctoral Research Poster Presentation
Pediatrics, Periodontics, Prosthdontics
1st Awardee - Jaclyn Glick (Periodontics)
Esthetic Outcomes of Immediate Placement of Single Implant and Immediate Restoration Performed Using Two Surgical Techniques
Mentor: Dr. Janet Stoupel
Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine - Oral & Diagnostic Sciences, Division of Periodontics
 
2nd Awardee - Kimberly Whippy (Pediatrics)
Board Certification: Pediatric Dentists' Reservations, Motivations and Perceptions of Utility
Mentor: Dr. Carol Kunzel
Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine - Population Oral Health, Division of Community Health
 
Past Birnberg Student Award Recipients 
 

The 56th Birnberg Research Program was held on April 9 and 10, 2013.  The annual Birnberg Research Program...