Congratulations to Laura Bowden, D.M.D., a second year orthodontics resident, and her research mentor, John Neubert, D.M.D., Ph.D. Bowden received a Research Aid Award of $5,000 from the American Association of Orthodontics Foundation (AAOF) for her project, “Operant Behavioral Instrument for Measuring Trigeminal Neuropathic Pain in Rodents.”
“We are very proud of Laura’s accomplishments with her research. Although faculty members have received awards from the AAOF, this marks the first time a UF orthodontics resident has received this prestigious award and she certainly deserves it for the quality of her work,” said Cal Dolce, D.D.S., Ph.D., professor and chair of the UF department of orthodontics.
Bowden was born in Romania and emigrated to the United States at the age of 10. She received her bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and earned her dental degree from the University of Florida. She earned her Diplomate status from the American Board of Craniofacial Pain and began working in private practice in Kansas in 2003 before returning to UF for her orthodontics residency. She was one of four people nationally to earn the Research Aid Award in 2016.