Information about upcoming events sponsored by CADS

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Sine Die Sunset

We made it. On May 29, Governor Abbott signed into law SB 313, the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners Sunset Bill, giving a sigh of relief and a promising sunrise to our profession until 2029. Read more

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Installation of Officers Party 2017

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Dress: Casual

RSVP: 512.335.1405 or

www.capitalareadental.org

by 10:00am, May 15th

Installation of Officers Party

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: TAKOBA

1411 E. 7th Street, Austin 78702

Cost: $40 per Person

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The Louisiana Dental Association is in need of support for the Louisiana Mission of Mercy on Sept 30 – Oct 1

* Updated Information from the Louisiana Dental Association – Timeframe for Temporary License Extended (In Bold Face, below) * 

Dear Colleagues:
 
You are all no doubt well aware of the flooding disaster affecting much of South Louisiana.  Thankfully, the LDA office was not affected and the impact on staff has been minimal and generally indirect. (Not that it was fun to be without power in my home for two days in August in Louisiana, but I feel SO blessed compared to many others.)
 
As you may have heard, 20 parishes (counties) were declared federal disaster areas.  So far, we have reports of about 40 dentists who had flooding in their practice, home or both. (The attached photos were included with dentists’ disaster grant applications.) But, the latest official estimates are that as many as 80,000 homes in the Greater Baton Rouge area were flooded.  That figure does not include areas around Lafayette, LA and New Iberia (home of Tabasco sauce) that also had significant flooding.  So, we are quite sure that the number of dentists with flooding in their homes or practices will climb significantly higher as our outreach efforts result in contact with more and more dentists in the flooded areas.
 
Moreover, the number of members that have been indirectly impacted by the flood is likely to be huge.  Many of our members in South Louisiana have friends and family that were flooded and are helping them out by providing housing, help with clean up and more. (The same is true for most of the LDA staff.)
 
This has led to concern on the LDA Foundation board that we will have so many dentists still preoccupied with flood recovery, either for themselves or for their family and friends, that it will be especially difficult to entice those members to volunteer to work at our MOM (LaMOM) in the New Orleans area that is now just five weeks away (Sept. 30-Oct. 1).  We are well short of having the volunteers needed at this point and very concerned that the usual last minute rush to sign up will simply not materialize with so many people fatigued from the stresses of flood recovery.
 
So, I am asking for a favor from all of you. (For the record, we normally, say “y’all” down here, not “all of you.” 
J)  Would you be willing to let your members know that LaMOM is facing a potentially significant shortage of volunteers and ask if some of them will sign up?  The attached Word document includes the basic information they would need; the rest can be obtained by following the link in the attachment to our web site.
 
Please note that there is a time factor here. The LDA handles everything with the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry (LSBD) as far as obtaining temporary licensure in Louisiana for out of state volunteers. Ordinarily, it can take up to 30 days to process the temporary license application. LSBD staff has assured the LDA that the processing will be expedited in recognition of the unusual circumstances.  Out of state volunteers will need to register no later than Sept. 22 (i.e., one week prior to LaMOM) to be assured of being licensed in time for the event. (Dentists and hygienists who sign up less than one week prior to LaMOM may still be able to get licensed, but if not, could still work at LaMOM in other areas that don’t involve actual treatment.)
 
I realize this is a lot to ask in many ways.  Many of you likely have challenges getting sufficient volunteers for your own MOMs and don’t want to burn out your own supply of volunteers.  So, I COMPLETELY understand if you feel as though you have to decline my request for help.  But thanks in advance to those of you who may be able and willing to give us a hand.
 
Ward Blackwell,
Executive Director/CEO
Louisiana Dental Association/Louisiana Dental Services, Inc.
7833 Office Park Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
(225) 926-1986 <tel:%28225%29%20926-1986
FAX (225) 926-1886 <tel:%28225%29%20926-1886
www.ladental.org <http://www.ladental.org/
ward@ladental.org <mailto:ward@ladental.org
 
UPCOMING LDA/ADA EVENTS:
ADA 12th District Caucus Meeting
, August 28, 2016, Embassy Suites DFW Airport North, Grapevine, TX.
LDA Board of Directors Meeting, September 9, 2016, LDA Office, Baton Rouge, LA.
ADA Annual Session, October 20–24, 2016, Denver, CO. 
LDA Last Chance Seminar, December 9, 2016, Baton Rouge, La. 
For more information or to register for any LDA event, go to www.ladental.org <http://www.ladental.org> .
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August General Meeting

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“STEPS TO TAKE TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF A LAWSUIT OR BOARD INVESTIGATION”

Speaker: Edward P. “Joe” Waller, Jr., D.D.S., J.D.

Date: August 16, 2016

Complimentary Open Bar Happy Hour: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. * Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

Austin Country Club – 4408 Long Champ Dr, Austin 78746

Lecture Course * 2 Hours CE Credit
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June General Meeting

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“Spit happens… 
Chairside Periodontal Pathogen Detection with a Smart Phone”

Speaker: John C. Carrano, PhD

Date: June 21, 2016  

Time: Happy Hour: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. * Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

Austin Country Club – 4408 Long Champ Dr, Austin 78746

Lecture Course * 2 Hours CE Credit

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In this lecture we will describe a novel concept for a chair-side diagnostic test suitable for quantitatively assessing certain bacteria in the oral microbiome.  Our focus will be on those bacteria well established in the scholarly literature to be highly correlated to periodontal disease (i.e. A. actinomycetemcomitans; P. gingivalis; T. denticola; T. forsythia; F. fusobacterium; P. intermedia).  Specifically, we will discuss the developmental status of the ParatusPerio® Test and how this quantitative point-of-care tool can be used in the dental clinic to improve patient care.

The foundational technologies consist of an innovative integration of microfluidic structures with otherwise conventional assay chemistries all contained in a small, hand-held cartridge into which the hygienist introduces a swab-acquired specimen.  The technology is designed to provide laboratory quality results in the dental clinic in about 20 minutes.  The “instrument” for this test is a commonplace smartphone that resides in a proprietary “mating adapter”, into which is inserted the specimen containing cartridge.  Using the CMOS sensor organic to the smartphone, we perform a sophisticated, multiplexed immunological assay using amplified chemiluminescent signals which are processed by proprietary algorithms embedded in application level software.  We will also briefly describe how this foundational platform could also be utilized in the dental clinic for the rapid and accurate assessment of oral cancer.

Course Objectives:

  1. Provide an understanding of the enabling role of microfluidics in point-of-care diagnostics.
  2. Describe the tradeoffs between sensitivity and specificity of multiplexed immunological assays.
  3. Describe and demonstrate the use of a smartphone as a spectrometer and computing device.
  4. Provide a detailed explanation for a method for “low-complexity” (or CLIA waived) sample preparation.
  5. Discuss opportunities (and challenges) for the integration of the ParatusPerio® Test into the dental clinic workflow.
  6. Discuss other testing opportunities relevant to dentistry.

Dr. John C. Carrano is the President and CEO of Paratus Diagnostics, a firm he founded that specializes in medical devices for point-of-care diagnostics.  Dr. Carrano was previously Vice President, Research & Development at Luminex Corporation (NASDAQ: LMNX).  Prior to Luminex, John was as a program manager at DARPA where he led several major Defense Department programs related to bio-sensing.  Dr. Carrano was also on the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the United States Military Academy, and served as the Department Executive Officer.  He retired from the Army in 2005 with over 24 years of decorated service including a variety of command and staff positions worldwide.  Dr. Carrano received his B.S. from West Point and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.  He has several patents and over 60 publications and is a Fellow of SPIE.  In 2012 he was appointed by Secretary Napolitano to the Department of Homeland Security Science Advisory Board.

 

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May General Meeting – Installation of Officers

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2016-2017 CADS Officer Installation

Date: May 19, 2016 

Time: 6:30-10:30PM

Lucky Lounge – 209 W. 5th Street, Austin, TX 78701

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April General Meeting

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“Incorporating Sleep into your Dental Practice”

Speaker: Paul M. McLornan, DDS, MS

Date:  April 19, 2016

Time: Happy Hour: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. * Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

Austin Country Club – 4408 Long Champ Dr, Austin 78746

Lecture Course * 2 Hours CE Credit
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Wine and Wisdom

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February General Meeting

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Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS) in Children and Adults

Speaker: Oscar A. Tamez, M.D.

Date:  February 16, 2016

Time: Happy Hour: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. * Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

Austin Country Club – 4408 Long Champ Dr, Austin 78746

Lecture Course * 2 Hours CE Credit
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January General Meeting

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“TDA Update”

 Speaker: Craig S. Armstrong, DDS, President of the Texas Dental Association

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How the Psychological Ramifications of Facial Deformities

Affect the Collaborative Dental Team”

Speaker: Andrea L. Taylor, DDS

Date:  January 19, 2016

Time: Happy Hour: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. * Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

Austin Country Club – 4408 Long Champ Dr, Austin 78746

Lecture Course * 2 Hours CE Credit
RSVP AND PAY ONLINE