Marcelle Nascimento, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Cariology, or AAC, as chair of the Caries Research Pillar.
An associate professor in the UF Department of Restorative Dental Sciences Division of Operative Dentistry, Nascimento joined the college in 2005 as a post-doctoral associate in the UF Department of Oral Biology. She became an adjunct clinical assistant professor in 2006, an assistant professor in 2007 and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2015.
Nascimento was also an invited speaker for the AAC Second Annual Conference in August 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The conference theme was “Dental Caries Progress – Sugar or Bacterial Dysbiosis?” Nascimento’s lecture was titled, “Is it sugar or is it the microbiome?”
The goals of the caries-related research pillar, or interest group, are to disseminate, translate, and implement caries research into practice as well as to collaborate with other organizations to define: a) research priorities as the basis for advocacy and improved public health and patient care, and b) training needs in cariology.
The AAC was established in 2016 with the vision of eradicating dental caries in the United States through the promotion of science-based disease management. The AAC is the leading interprofessional organization that advocates, communicates and supports development and integration of cariology to promote oral health with focus on research, professional and community education and science-based caries management for individuals and communities.
More information about the AAC can be found here: https://aacariology.org