Doctoral student in Craniofacial Science wins Hinman award


Iris Lin, a PhD student in Craniofacial Science, won the most outstanding clinical presentation at the Hinman Student Research Symposium, an annual meeting held in Memphis, Tennessee, that features oral and poster presentations of research studies by dental students and graduate trainees from dental schools across North America.

Her project “Determining the Malignant Nature of Dysplasia in Oral Lichenoid Lesions” was conducted with collaboration by investigators at the British Columbia Cancer Research Centre in Vancouver, Dalhousie University in Halifax, the Vancouver General Hospital, and Simon Fraser University in Burnaby.  The project was directed by Dr. Denise Laronde, Associate Professor of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry.

Dr. J. Sedgie Newsom, President of the Hinman Dental Society (left) Iris Lin and Dr. Jeffrey H. Brooks, Executive Associate Dean, University of Tennessee College of Dentistry.

The 25th annual Hinman Student Research Symposium was held from November 1 to 3 , 2019, at the historic Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis, Tennessee.  At this year’s Symposium, 107 students represented 54 dental schools in 30 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and five provinces of Canada.  The Symposium rewards and encourages student efforts in research and supports the research and educational programs of faculty research mentors and research administrators. The symposium this year was sponsored by the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and co-sponsored by the Hinman Dental Society, which holds one of the USA’s largest continuing dental education meetings each March in Atlanta, Georgia. Ten awards were given for the most outstanding student presentations, five in clinical research and five in basic science research, in addition to an award from the National Students Research Group (NSRG) of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR).