Mary L. Marazita, PhD, is Founder and Co-Director, Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics; Distinguished Professor, Department of Oral and Craniofacial Science, School of Dental Medicine; Professor, Department of Human Genetics, Graduate School of Public Health; Professor, Department of Psychiatry; and Professor, Clinical and Translational Science, School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, and will present “Orofacial Cleft Studies Around the World” at Research Day.
Since the mid-1980’s, Dr. Marazita has researched many facets of orofacial cleft birth defects, primarily cleft lip, cleft palate, and cleft lip with cleft palate. These studies have leveraged every available genetic technology (greatly facilitated by the Human Genome Project), have implemented deep phenotyping in participating families from around the world, and have made great strides in our understanding of the genetics and phenotypes of these common birth defects. This progress was made possible in large part due to our collaborations with researchers on every continent except Antarctica.
Hany A. Emam, BDS, MS, FACS, Associate Professor, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Dental Anesthesiology, will present “Reconstructive Efforts for Maxillofacial Bone Defects” at Research Day.
Reconstruction of bone defects in the maxillofacial region has been a continuous challenge for many clinicians. The search for the ideal graft material is still underway. The lecture will present a brief review of multiple modalities used in reconstructing bone defects in addition to highlighting some research efforts in that field.