Dr. Thais is currently working as a Professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina – UFSC, Florianópolis, Brazil. She pursued every available occasion to develop researches, especially clinical trials. The study of masticatory function, Dental Implants and Prosthodontics are her main fields of work. She is trying to understand how subjects with different condition such as patients with temporomandibular disorders or wearing different types of prostheses are able to deal with these extreme conditions and recover their impaired masticatory capacity.
All through the studies conducted, not only in her master’s program, but in her doctorate and post-doctoral as well, she have been evaluating the masticatory adaptation process by which completely or partially edentulous patients have passed through when new conventional or implant-based prostheses are installed. By these findings, she had an interesting overview of the masticatory process, discovering the real impact of different prosthetic treatment on chewing, nutrition and quality of life of the denture wearers. By the publication of such data in respectable journals, she intends to assist the clinicians in the difficult process of decision making in relation to planning and rehabilitation treatment of patients.
These studies were landmarks in her career and the whole process was very rewarding, noticed by the great publications and the work recognition by the scientific community, as evidenced in the received awards (J Morita Junior Investigator Award of the Geriatric Oral Research Group received at the 92nd General Session & Exhibition of the IADR, 1st place in the Scientific Forum category received at the 30th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Society for Dental Research, and the second Best Doctoral Thesis 2012-2013, at the FOP/UNICAMP).
As a reviewer, she is having good experience as a member of the reviewer board of two important Brazilian Journals, contributing with several reviews since 2012. Always pursuing each opportunity, she is excited to be part of the EC Dental Science Editorial board.
Masticatory function; Dental implants and Prosthodontics.