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2020 Future Trends Forum: Technology Transfer into Dental Education

Event Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Registration & Lunch – 11am-12:30pm

Future Trends Forum Program – 12:30-2:30pm  

Technology Transfer into Dental Education
Dental Industry and Dental Schools Together Improve Dental Education

Since its founding in 2004, the Center for Research & Education in Technology (CRET) and industry members have worked together on numerous projects to introduce technology into dental curricula. Dental products and equipment are being introduced into private practice as they are released. Dental schools have not kept pace. The result is technology in private practice is usually more advanced than that in dental schools and dental graduates are often not aware of the latest technologies or procedures as they enter dental practice. 

This partnership between industry and education provides a doorway to improving the education of future customers. The Center for Research & Education in Technology (CRET) was established by a group of innovative dental industry leaders to provide dental students and faculty the latest in equipment and products for the treatment of patients. 

CRET developed a Technology Educational Program (TEP) to transfer knowledge and competency in 21st-century technology to dental students and faculty. The TEP provides a framework for assisting the dental faculty with the integration of innovative equipment and products into each dental school’s curriculum. 

Key Elements of the Curriculum:  

  • the basic science of the product;
  • list of technology vendors and equipment features;
  • proper use of technology at the pre-clinical level;
  • faculty training in the proper use of each technology;
  • decisions on acquisition of technology to assess the cost-effectiveness and/or return on investment; and,
  • ethics and clinical decision making to assess the existing evidence base for the use of each technology.

CRET Innovation Center Locations

  • The Dr. Charles Dunlap Innovation Center for Research and Education in Technology was opened at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry in Kansas City, Missouri. 
  • The West Virginia University School of Dentistry opened the Dr. W. Robert Biddington Center for Dental Innovation on September 21, 2017, in Morgantown, WV. 
  •  The Regions Center for Research and Education in Technology Innovation Suite was opened at the University of Mississippi in Jackson, MS. 

To learn more about CRET and how you can become involved, visit

Who Should Attend:

  • Dental Company Leadership
  • Marketing and Sales Executives/VPs, Directors and Managers
  • School and University Sales VPs, Directors and Managers
  • Product Development and Professional Relations VPs, Directors, and Managers

This is a Dental Trade Alliance member-only event. 


Dr. Anthony (Tom) Borgia

Teaching 21st Century Dentistry Through the Generosity and Vision of CRET

Dr. Borgia is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Dentistry, receiving his DDS in 1976.  He followed Georgetown by completing a two-year internship in general dentistry at the USAF Medical Center Wright-Patterson, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and then entered the post-doctoral program in endodontics at the University Of Connecticut School Of Dental Medicine in July of 1980, receiving a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Endodontics in July of 1982.  He then entered private practice in Plymouth, MA until becoming Chairman of the Department of Endodontics at West Virginia University School of Dentistry in 2010.  On June 1, 2015, he was named Dean of the School of Dentistry.   

Dr. Borgia is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon.  He is currently serving as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board to the Journal of Endodontics.  He is the 2013 recipient of the Edward M. Osetek Award for excellence in teaching, given by the American Association of Endodontists and was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the graduating classes of 2011 and 2013.

Susan M. Ferrante, RDH

Academic Partnership for the Betterment of Dentistry

Susan is currently the School and Government Regional Manager for A-dec, Inc. She is responsible for strategies and programs that maximize the company’s sales efforts in dealing with dental educational institutions in the US/Canada and federal government facilities worldwide.

For over 22 in years, her main focus has been developing and fostering strong relationships with academic programs. Prior to joining A-dec, Susan's sales experiences include academic interfacing positions managing accounts in dental schools, dental hygiene programs, other allied dental education programs and government facilities.

Currently, she is the Chief Executive Officer of CRET, the Center for Research and Education in Technology, and a Board Member representing the Corporate Council for the American Dental Education Association.

Don Hobbs

Representing the Dental Supplier and Dental Distributor Community for the Advancement of Dental Students

Since 2002, Don Hobbs has been the Vice President of Equipment at Henry Schein Dental.  During his time, Don has also held board positions with TeamSmile and, most recently, served as the CEO for the CRET organization from 2016-2019.  During his time as the CRET CEO, Don was involved with the openings of two CRET facilities, the West Virginia University – School of Dentistry and the University of Mississippi – School of Dentistry.  He will remain an active member of the board of directors at CRET.

In Don’s position at Henry Schein, he is responsible for equipment supplier relationships as well as leading the equipment sales organization.

Dr. Edward F. Rossomando

CRET: Promoting an Industry-Academic Partnership in Dental Education

Edward F. Rossomando, DDS, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus and President of CRET, The Center for Research and Education in Technology, Inc.  In 2004, with Carl Bretko, then President of DentalEz, he co-founded CRET.  Dr. Rossomando earned a DDS from the Univ of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Rockefeller University. He organized and participated in the first Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Technology Forum, organized the first workshop for the dental industry at the NIDCR and, with Ed Shils, the first DMA Entrepreneurial Venture Fairs.  He organized and participated in the first Symposium on Tele-dentistry and was the Principal Investigator on grants promoting translational dental research in academic careers and workshop courses to promote and develop dental technology.  He is the founder of The Center for Research and Education in Technology Evaluation (CRETE), a center within the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Connecticut organized in 2001 for educating dental students in innovative dental technologies and translational research. He is the founder of the Biodontics Educational Program to produce a new generation of dental school graduates competent and qualified in entrepreneurship as well as in clinical dentistry.

Dr. Brennan Wood

Technology in Dental Education, From the Inside-Out

Dr. Wood received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from West Virginia University in 2019. Prior to receiving the D.D.S. degree, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology, Magna Cum Laude, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Magna Cum Laude, from WVU in 2015. Dr. Wood holds an active Dental License in West Virginia and membership in The American Dental Association, The Academy of General Dentistry, and Delta Sigma Delta International Dental Fraternity. In his spare time, Dr. Wood enjoys playing, teaching, and performing music with his various ensembles, ranging from his bluegrass band to classical trumpet lessons. He also serves as a Deacon for the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church as well as serving as a substitute organist. An Eagle Scout, his favorite activities include the outdoors and spending time on the lake or river during the summer.


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