OHSU School of Dentistry Research Day, Thursday, March 3

The OHSU School of Dentistry’s Annual Research Day will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Research presentations take place in the morning, followed by a noon keynote address by Susanne Scherrer, D.D.S., D.M.D., PD, from the University Clinics of Dental Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland. The day wraps up with follow-up discussions and an awards ceremony.

A hybrid event

Online SOD Research Day events will take place through the SOD Research Day Webex site. The keynote address will take place at the Knight Cancer Research Building (KCRB) Auditorium, 2720 S Moody Ave., Portland and will be streamed via Webex.  RSVP for the keynote  by Susanne Scherrer, D.D.S., D.M.D., PD.

Virtual poster presentations

Presentations are now online for viewing.

Presentations take place through the SOD Research Day Webex site. Presenters will be available during topical sessions throughout the day to discuss their projects and answer questions. See the SOD Research Day page for details.

Live, in-person (and streamed) keynote

Susanne ScherrerWhy did that bridge fail? The eye-opening use of fractography for clinical fractures of fixed prosthetics
Susanne Scherrer, D.D.S., D.M.D., PD
Professor, Head of Biomaterials, Head of Continuing Education
University Clinics of Dental Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland

The failure of a fixed dental restoration can cause significant pain, inconvenience, and cost. Critical examination of broken prosthetics can inform the practitioner about the cause of failure and alert them to the critical design parameters to ensure future success.

This presentation will follow through an investigation of a series of actual clinical cases examining the retrieved fractured portions of zirconia bridges and resin composite endocrown restorations, using the scientific tool of fractographic failure analysis. These cases will highlight issues related to material science, lab processing, design, surface treatment, occlusal loading contacts and the important lessons learned from such premature fractures.

Your go-to sites:
School of Dentistry Research Day
SOD Research Day Webex site

Scherrer earned her doctor of dental surgery, doctor of medical dentistry, and private docent (PD) title from the University in Geneva in Switzerland. She was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Texas HSC at San Antonio in the Department of Restorative Dentistry. She is past president of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Dental Materials Group and the Academy of Dental Materials.

In 2014, she was awarded the IADR-Distinguished Scientist Wilmer Souder Award from the Dental Materials Group. She is a fellow of the Academy of Dental Materials and the Academy of Prosthodontics. She currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the JADA Foundation Science and the Swiss Dental Journal. Her primary area of research and publishing involves dental ceramics, mechanical properties, clinical longitudinal trials and failure analysis using fractography.


8-11:40 a.m.: CaseCATS and Research presentations
11:45 a.m.—noon: AADR Chapter Meeting
noon—12:15 p.m.—Welcome: Drs. Ron Sakaguchi & Hui Wu
12:15—1:15 p.m.—Keynote Speech; Dr. Susanne Scherrer
1:15—1:30 p.m.—Awards Ceremony