Nascimento president-elect of IADR/AADR; receives K23 grant for caries research

Nascimento_MarcelleThe college is proud to announce that Marcelle Nascimento, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D. an assistant professor in the University of Florida Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, was elected president-elect/councilor for the 2014-15 term of the International Association for Dental Research/American Associate for Dental Research Cariology Group.

“I am both honored and inspired by my recent appointment as President-elect of the IADR Cariology group. I am looking forward to the opportunity to help this group to promote excellence in caries research and also to representing the university and college as part of this international association” said Nascimento.

The president elect/councilor is responsible for acting in place of the president when the president is not present, or is unable to discharge the duties of office; act as one of the two councilors of the group representing it in the affairs of the IADR and AADR; act as the secondary symposium/lunch & learn organizer and assist the primary symposium/lunch & learn organizer; and succeed the president in accordance with Article VI of the organization’s bylaws.

Nascimento also received a K23 grant award from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research for her research project “Oral alkali production and caries prevention in children.”

The award of $646,515 will fund five years of a continued investigation on the relationship between oral alkali production from arginine and agmatine and caries experience in children, and provide insights into the fundamental microbiology, ecology and metagenomics of supragingival ammonia-producing bacterial communities and their relationship to oral health and dental caries.

K23 awards are Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award from NIH/NIDCR to provide support for the career development of investigators who have made a commitment of focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented research. This mechanism provides support for a three-year minimum, up to a five-year period, of supervised study and research for clinically trained professionals who have the potential to develop into productive, clinical investigators. More info here: