TDO User Meeting & Scientific Session

Spring 2012


  • Some thoughts on Scientific Inference and Disease Models
  • The biofilm model of disease: a review of our progress to date
  • Understanding microbial uncultavability
  • Problems with our endodontic disease model
  • How we can better understand chronic disease using the medical model
  • The concept of dormancy and bacterial persistence and antibiotic resistance
  • Summary: A new model or just a course correction?

Update on Endodontic Biofilms

Is our disease model correct?

When: Thursday, May 17
Where: Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Who: All TDO’ers and even non-TDO’ers!

Two of the world’s leading scientists in microbiology will present a stimulating and thought-provoking examination of our endodontic disease model. This presentation will change the way you think about endodontic disease and cause you to think more deeply about the disease we treat every day. It’s an exceptional opportunity to listen to the top leaders in their field. Don’t miss this opportunity!

About The Presenters

Mark E. Shirtliff, Ph.D.

Mark E. Shirtliff, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis in the School of Dentistry with his secondary appointment as Associate Professor in the School of Medicine. Dr. Shirtliff began his training at the University of Texas Medical Branch in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology where he received his Ph.D. in 2001 with his thesis titled “Staphylococcus aureus: Roles in Osteomyelitis.” He then traveled to the international training center for biofilm research, the Center for Biofilm Engineering in Montana, as a postdoctoral fellow to continue his work on biofilms and biofilm-related diseases. Dr. Shirtliff became an assistant research professor in 2003 in the Department of Microbiology and later that year accepted a position as assistant professor at University of Maryland, The Founding Campus. Since arriving in Maryland, Dr. Shirtliff continues his research and teaching interests in biofilms (see Shirtliff Lab Research Projects for ongoing projects) and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2009.

Slava Epstein, PhD

Slava Epstein, Professor of Microbiology, obtained his doctoral degree in microbial ecology from the Institute of Oceanology, Russian National Academy of Sciences in Moscow. The overarching theme of his research is microbial discovery in the environment and human microbiome. Dr. Epstein’s teaching focuses on in-depth coverage of several fascinating aspects of microbial biology: spectacular diversity of microbes in nature, their key roles in environmental processes and human health, ability to survive and thrive under the most challenging conditions, tendency to form tightly integrated entities reminiscent of multicellular organisms, capacity to talk to their neighbors, and power to be intriguingly different even when having identical genetic make up. His passion is searching for places in the biosphere where the opportunities to discover new microbes are the greatest.

Gary B. Carr, D.D.S.

Dr. Gary B. Carr received his A.B Degree at Cornell University in the Classics, his DDS degree at SUNYAB, and Endodontic Certificate at the University of Illinois. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and has been practicing endodontics for more than 20 years in San Diego, California. He has trained over 600 endodontists and their staff in microsurgical and retreatment techniques and is the Director and Founder of Pacific Endodontic Research Foundation (PERF).

Meeting Outline

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