Toward Better Research in Dentistry

Toward Better Research in Dentistry

Day 1: Lecture and Workshop

KSU Dental College postgraduate students, faculty members, and RSU Collaborators participated in the scientific event entitled “Towards Better Research in Dentistry” held last November 2016 at the Main Auditorium, New Dental Hospital Building.

The two-day event aimed to tackle common rule and approach on how to improve dental research methodologies comprising of various techniques in the field of bone regeneration, tissue imaging, and application of biotechnology in genomics, and the scientific approach of creating research papers.

Prof. John Jansen, the keynote speaker, discussed the advantages of Dental Regenerative Medicine in bone tissues and cited several dental bone implant techniques. Dr. Walid Zaher discussed the “Use of Biomedical Research Imaging Techniques in Tissue Regeneration and its Applications of Dental Medicine”. The Utilization of DNA in Biotechnology was elaborated by Dr. Abdurahman Niazy to emphasize the significance in dental research. Dr. Dalal Al Qahtani also prepared a complimentary lecture and workshop for enhancing skills in writing a research paper.


Featured Keynote Speaker

Prof. John A. Jansen

Radboud University Medical Center, The Netherlands


Research Interests

tissue regeneration, biomaterial sciences

John A. Jansen (1953) studied Dentistry at the Radboud University Nijmegen and graduated in 1977. In the same year, he started a part-time dental practice in Maassluis, the Netherlands. He completed his Ph.D. in 1984 at the Department of Dental Materials of Radboud University Nijmegen. His research project dealt with the adhesion of epithelial cells to dental implant materials.
Since 1985, Prof. Jansen’s investigations dealt with wound healing phenomena around devices, which have been implanted through the skin (percutaneous implants) or mucosa (in the mouth: permucosal implants). In addition, studies were performed to determine the bone reaction to various dental implant materials.

After working in Amsterdam and Leiden, he returned to Nijmegen in 1991 to become Associate Professor of Biomaterials before being appointed Full Professor in April 1996 of the Department of Periodontology and Biomaterials. Since January 2001, he is chair of this Department. From July-December 2002, he was appointed as NSF International Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) Visiting Professor at the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University, Houston, USA.
His main research interests include biomaterials and tissue regeneration, with a specific focus on the use of calcium phosphate ceramic as bone-substituting materials. Other research projects deal with the regeneration of dental tissues such as pulp, periodontal ligament and gingival mucosa.



  • Author/co-author of more than 625 ISI-publications in the field Of dental implants as well as bone substitutes and regeneration (h-index: 71);
  • Owner of seven patents and editorial board member/editor of seven international Scientific journals;
  • Currently, 20 PhD-students work under his supervision, including two PhD students from KSU College of Dentistry;
  • The PIONlER-awarded (Personal Support for Research Groups with New for Excellent Research, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, NWO);
  • The Simon Stevin “Master” Awarded (Netherlands Technology Foundation, STW);
  • The Clemson Awarded for Outstanding Contributions to the Literature (Society for Biomaterials, SFB);
  • Full Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy Of Arts and Sciences (Section Medicine);
  • FEDERA awardee (Federation of Dutch Medical Scientific Societies);
  • The winner of Royal Decoration: Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion;
  • Isaac Schour Memorial Awardee (International Association for Dental Research, IADR);
  • Full Member of Academia Europaea


Day 2: Lecture and Workshop 

On the 2nd day of the event, Prof. John Jansen, discussed the “Dental Regenerative Medicine(II): Preclinical Research Models”.
Dr. Nehad Alajez, Executive Scientific Director from the Stem Cell Unit, Department of Anatomy, College of Medicine, explained the “Stem Cells: from Basic Biology to Clinical Applications”. He discussed the milestones of stem cell application and signficance in the field of medicine.
Dr. Faika Abdelmegid, an Assistant Professor of the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, College of Dentistry, presented a lecture on the different applications of microscopic techniques used in research followed by a training and workshop.


Day 3: Lecture and Seminar

For the 3rd day of the event, Nikon experts from Japan, Dr. Clement Khaw and Mr. Yasuhiro Suizu, discussed Advanced Confocal and Super Resolution Microscopy as well as demonstrated operation fundamentals on the microscopy system.
The training was conducted at the Confocal Microscopy Facility of the Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory, which is the first of its kind in the King Saud University Medical City.


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