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MAY 15, 2023

The UPCD and the Tokyo Medical and Dental University held a Research Mini-Symposium on May 15, 2023. This is the first activity of the UPCD under the MOU between UP Manila and TMDU which was signed last November 2022. 

Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla, in her message read by Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Development Dr. Michael Tee, described the mini-symposium as "the collaborative drafting board in identifying and determining research projects we can work on together."

Four faculty members from the Department of Cariology and Operative Dentistry led by Professor Yasushi Shimada presented their research works on Optical Coherence Tomography in detecting caries, the acid-base resistant zone in restorations, silver diamine fluoride, monolithic restorations and bonding to teeth with no ferrule, microshear and microtensile bond testing among others.

Presenters from UPCD were Dean Michelle Segarra and Dr. Maja Romero, who both obtained their PhD's from TMDU, Dr. Maritess Villarico, and Dr. John Erick Quiniquini.

In his closing remarks, Vice Chancellor for Research Dr. Edward Wang  said that from this mini-symposium, we saw three things that are necessary for research to prosper - innovation, infrastructure and collaboration. 

The event was attended by several faculty members, students and young alumni of the College. Also present were CPH Associate Dean for Research Prof. Sharon Yvette Villanueva and Assistant Dean for Planning and Development Associate Professor TJ Moncatar. UPCD College Secretary Dr. Jessica Santos and Assistant to the Dean Dr. Josievitz Tan-Zafra were the emcees of the event. 


The mini-symposium opened the doors to future research collaborations not only with TMDU but also with the College of Public Health.

The Tokyo Medical and Dental University is the No. 1 university in dentistry in Japan and Asia and ranks no. 3 (dentistry) in the world (QS ranking, 2023).

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