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2009 Newsletter - June; Vol. 2 No. 1

Posted on 6/12/2013

My Sabbatical from July 1 through December 31, 2007 at Cardiff University School of Dental Medicine, Wales, UK, was the highlight of my academic career. The basis for the sabbatical was continuation of the oral-systemic link with emphasis on DGGE (Density Gradient Gel Electrophoresis), a nonculturable technique, and further elucidation of the co-contribution of oral flora and systematic flora in ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) from extubated endotrachs (ETT) in a 25 patient study. It was supported in part by Covidien. Results were initially highlighted in three abstracts presented at IADR (International Association for Dental Research) and in two subsequent manuscripts being finalized now. The titles of the three abstracts were:

  1. PCR DGGE to Unmask Streptococcus mutans in Endotrach Biofilms. JG Thomas, DW Williams, SJ Hooper, S Malic, and S Cairns.
  2. Profiling Microbial Diversity in Endotracheal Biofilms. DW Williams, JG Thomas, SJ Hooper, M Wise, P Frost, S Malic, S Cairns, M Lewis.
  3. Influence of Eh and pH Upon Endodontic Irrigant Microbial Efficacy. JG Thomas, J Noore, JS Ellis, D Gray.

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