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World-renowned Researcher Franklin Garcia-Godoy Named
Executive Associate Dean of Research for the
Memphis, Tenn. (January 12, 2010) – Timothy
Hottel, DDS, MS, MBA, dean of the College of Dentistry at the University of
Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has named Franklin Garcia-Godoy, DDS, MS, professor and senior executive associate dean of research. Dr. Garcia-Godoy has made contributions to oral health sciences that have captured
worldwide attention, including his studies on extracting stem cells from adult teeth. He will direct the college’s
Dr. Garcia-Godoy, author of Primary Preventive Dentistry (the leading textbook used by dentists, dental assistants and hygienists), will set the tone for changing traditional views of dentistry both locally and beyond. He enthusiastically stated, “Not only will we extract and fill cavities, we will integrate the dental school’s research capabilities with the work of our institutional partners inside and outside the campus, and contribute to the body of science and knowledge at UT Health Science Center.”
Dr. Garcia-Godoy is supporting Cesar Migliorati, DDS, MS, PhD, professor of oral medicine in the UT College of Dentistry Department of Biologic and Diagnostic Sciences to build a research collaboration with the St. Jude Children’s Research hospital to address oral complications that result from cancer therapies. The dental expert is also working with Dr. Migliorati to build a consortium with Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., that will develop treatments for the oral factor of head and neck cancer. Dr. Garcia-Godoy will collaborate with faculty in the colleges of Medicine and Nursing at UTHSC to develop dental research projects, starting with studies related to physiology, and obstetrics and gynecology.
From teeth whitening to cavities simulation, and from dental adhesive development to dental stem cell removal, UT dentistry students will be able to pursue exciting research projects through Dr. Garcia-Godoy. “I am certain Dr. Garcia-Godoy will be popular with our students as he mentors them in a way that will shape the future of dental practice,” said Dean Hottel. He added, “Our patients and the community will benefit from his work at UT.”
Dr. Garcia-Godoy’s research has focused on several aspects of oral science such as dental sealants to protect teeth, materials used for fillings, teeth hardeners, toothpaste advances, and the study of stem cells from teeth. In his stem cell work, Dr. Garcia-Godoy hopes that discoveries will someday allow individuals to use stem cells from their own teeth to reproduce bone cartilage, heart cells and the cells that produce insulin. Thus, these potential breakthroughs would have the power to reduce problems associated with arthritis, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Dr. Garcia-Godoy has received approval to construct a new dental research lab on the UTHSC campus and is working to obtain permits from the state. The professor is committed to gaining more knowledge on the ways oral health is linked to chronic medical conditions. He also aims to inform the community that today’s dentists do far more than provide oral health services. They are involved in dental research that can have positive effects on overall health.
the UT College of Dentistry, Dr. Garcia-Godoy was the associate executive dean
of research for the
Currently, Dr. Garcia-Godoy is president of the Cardiology Division of the International Association for Dental Research and president of the Society for Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine. In 2007, he organized the world’s first Regenerative Endodontics Conference in Fort Lauderdale to address extracting stem cells from teeth, tissue engineering, gene therapy and bioactive treatments in oral health care. Throughout his career, Dr. Garcia-Godoy has been affiliated with more than 35 professional dental associations and was the founding president of the Hispanic Dental Association. He is editor of the American Journal of Dentistry and has published more than 500 abstracts, book chapters and peer reviewed research publications related to dental care.
Dr. Garcia-Godoy moved to
Established in 1878, the UT College of Dentistry is the oldest dental school in the South
and is part of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. With more than 7,000 graduates, the UT
College of Dentistry has educated more than 75 percent of the dentists practicing
As the flagship statewide academic health system, the
mission of the University of Tennessee
Health Science Center is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to
the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens
of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education,
research, clinical care, and public service. Offering a broad range
of postgraduate training opportunities, the main campus
is located in
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