Penn's School of Dental Medicine recently welcomed Patricia Corby as associate dean of Translational Research, a new position that focuses on coordinating dental research to benefit health.
Corby comes from New York University's College of Dentistry and School of Medicine, where she previously held faculty appointments. In her new role at Penn, Corby will manage teams of researchers and look for new treatments for oral cancer and other health conditions, Penn Dental News reported.
“Pat Corby joining Penn Dental Medicine will allow us to expand our care for people undergoing radiation therapy for oral cancer as well as greatly expand our clinical research program,” Dental School Dean Mark Wolff told Penn Dental News.
Corby’s research centers on preventing and treating oral symptoms and side effects that cancer patients experience. She is currently working on a clinical trial to study the effects of oral health in head and neck cancer patients who are receiving radiation. She will continue this research while at Penn as part of an interdisciplinary project with the Department of Radiation Oncology in the Perelman School of Medicine.
In the past, Corby has held many leadership positions managing clinical research, including director of clinical research operations for NYU Langone Health and co-lead of the NYU Clinical and Translational Research Institute.
On May 17, Corby will speak at Penn Dental about her clinical trial and the impact of oral health on cancer care.