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Welcome to the Dows Institute for Dental Research

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Dental Research, N423 DSB
(319) 335-7385
Dr. Kim A. Brogden, Director

When the current College of Dentistry was completed in 1972, the north fourth floor of the college was allocated as a joint-use research facility. In 1976, with a 10-year pledge of support from the Sutherland and Judith Dows family, in memory of Frances M. Dows, the Dows Institute for Dental Research was established.

Today the Dows Institute is a highly recognized dental research facility with laboratories on both the fourth and first floors. Dental researchers collaborate with other researchers from around the world. Collegiate dental research includes cariology, microbiology, and fluoride studies; biomatereials, bone and tissue engineering; oral soft tissue and cancer research; epidemiology and health policy; and craniofacial and cleft palate research.

The Dows Institute strives to provide collegiate dental researchers with state-of-the-art laboratory facilities to meet the continually evolving oral health care needs of dental patients throughout Iowa, the U.S., and the world.

General Facility

The Dows Institute for Dental Research, located on the fourth and first floors of the Dental Science Building's north wing, occupies an area of over 16,000 square feet and supports a wide range of research investigations. Joint-use core facilities, staffed by trained personnel, provide research support for faculty and students from all parts of the College of Dentistry. Equipment supporting additional techniques are located in the laboratories of individual investigators.