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  2. (left to right) Dr. Timothy R. Hottel, Dr. Brian Carpenter, Blake Warner, and Dr. Franklin Garcia-Godoy.

Blake Warner Wins Hinman Research Award

College of Dentistry student Blake Warner recently received a Best Basic Science Research Presentation award at the 2010 Hinman Student Research Symposium. Featuring posters and oral presentations by dental students throughout the U.S., the annual symposium “recognizes, encourages, and rewards student achievements in dental research.”

At this year’s symposium, held in Memphis, Tennessee, there were 86 student competitors who represented 47 dental schools from 29 states, including the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces. Six awards were given for the best student presentations -- three in clinical research, and three in basic science research.

Warner’s award was for a research project that examines black raspberries, which may alter a gene that influences the death of abnormal or damaged cells, including oral cancer cells. He completed the award-winning project while working under the direction of College of Public Health Professor Christopher Weghorst.

Warner is currently completing a seven-year dual D.D.S. and Ph.D. degree program offered by the College of Dentistry’s Comprehensive Training in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences (CTOC) program, which recruits and trains highly qualified candidates in oral health research. Serving in a number of student leadership roles, Warner is the President of the American Association for Dental Research National Student Research Group. He is also a past president of the College of Dentistry’s Student Research Group, and he is the past president and co-founder of the OSU College of Public Health’s Society for Public Health Students.


[December 2010]