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Our Speakers
Our instructors are amongst the most widely respected leaders in the dental field. It is our
pleasure to provide you with a variety of speakers covering numerous topics of interest for you, the dental professional.  
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                  Meet the Speakers

Cristina Teixeira, DMD, MS, PhD
Early Interceptive Orthodontics: when and why?
Dr. Teixeira holds a dual faculty position at NYU Dental College. She is an Associate Professor and Researcher in the Department of Basic Science & Craniofacial Biology. She conducts NIH-funded research with a focus on bone development and growth. She is an elected member of the Angle Society of Orthodontics, and elected director of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Craniofacial Biology Group.

Sleiman N Razzouk, DDS, MS, PhD
Bone Regeneration Therapies: techniques and perspectives
Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU Dental College in the Dept of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry. Dr Razzouk’s research focuses on bone cells and their signaling pathways. He also studies the impact of post-translational modifications of bone matrix proteins on the resorption process. He currently works in private practice in Manhattan.

Zoya B. Kurago, DDS, PhD
Malignant Lesions in the Oral Cavity: the obvious and the deceptive
Dr. Kurago is an Assistant Professor at NYU Dental College in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine.Dr. Kurago's research focus on the mechanisms by which normal and malignant squamous cells interact with the innate immune system cells, the impact of microbial products on these interactions, and the down-stream effects of these interactions on carcinoma cells.  Her studies aim to develop effective prevention and treatment modalities for oral cancer.

Mani Alikhani, DDS, MS, PhD
Pre-restorative Orthodontic Treatment
Dr. Alikhani is Assistant Professor of Orthodontics at New York University College of Dentistry. He serves as the Director of Research in the Department of Orthodontics. His research focuses on understanding the mechanism of tooth movement and skeletal development. In this regard his research team at New York University College of Dentistry are focused on developing different techniques to provide a safer and faster way to correct malocclusions. 

Catarina G Ferreira, DDS
Workplace Safety Training
Dr. Catarina G. Ferreira, received her Dental degree from University of Lisbon, Portugal, in 2008.  She practices general dentistry and conducts craniofacial  research at New York University as part of CTOR, the Consortium for Translational Orthodontic Research (

Kenneth E. Fleisher, DDS
Strategies for Prevention and Treatment
of Osteonecrosis of the Jaw
Dr. Fleisher is recognized by his peers  at New York University  for his clinical expertise in managing patients with bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaws (BRONJ) and his vision for advancing our current understanding of this condition. Dr. Fleisher lectures nationally for both dental and medical organizations and he is currently the principal investigator in 3  translational studies that explores the pathogenesis of BRONJ. Dr. Fleisher’s management strategy focuses on an interdisciplinary model and contemporary evidence-based data to maintain oral health while undergoing antiresorptive therapy.   

Anthony Vernillo, DDS, PhD, MBE (Bioethics)
Oral Complications and Medical Management of Patients with Diabetes Mellitus
Dr. Anthony Vernillo has been a full-time faculty member at New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) since 1984. In 2002, he received the University’s Distinguished Teaching Medal. In 2010, he was inducted into the NYUCD Academy of Distinguished Educators. Dr. Vernillo is Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology & Medicine at NYUCD, and an affiliated faculty member at the New York University Center for Bioethics. 
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