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2014 News & Events

Kim Brogden

Dr. Kim Brogden receives the Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.

10/08/2014

Dr. Kim A. Brogden, director of Dows Institute for Dental Research and professor of Periodontics with the College of Dentistry, was among almost 30 individuals honored at the University of Iowa’s annual Faculty and Staff Awards Banquet Tuesday, Oct. 7, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources. Dr. Brogden received the Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence. The award, given by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, in cooperation with the Faculty Senate, honors faculty members who have made significant contributions to excellence in public education across the domains of teaching, research, and service.

Dr. Brogden’s research, which focuses on peptides in saliva and their role in oral inflammation and immune response, has drawn acclaim from collaborators and peers around the world and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Since 2012 he has served as director of the Dows Institute for Dental Research, and he is highly regarded as an effective administrator. He led the planning for a recent renovation of the College of Dentistry’s research laboratories, which has greatly improved the utility and flexibility of those spaces.

Dr. Brogden teaches a range of pre- and post-doctoral microbiology courses, and his guidance as a mentor has resulted in many students winning awards locally and nationally. He has twice received the College of Dentistry Mentor of the Year award, and in 2012 he received the American Academy of Periodontology’s Educator Award in recognition of outstanding teaching and mentoring.

In welcome remarks, UI President Sally Mason said that during her travels around the state, across the country, and even around the world, she has heard many stories of how a professor or a staff member at the UI changed someone’s life.

“I have heard how an idea in the mind of a young student going to classes on our campus turned into a brilliant career, how gratefulness for how our health care and health sciences have saved someone’s life, and I have heard appreciation for how the university has helped a small business thrive,” Mason said. “Tonight is the night we celebrate how we are able to inspire ideas, save lives, improve our state, and make the world a better place.” 

Mark Sullivan

 Dr. Mark Sullivan, a Department of Endodontics resident, was recently given the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Service Star Award.

10/07/2014

Dr. Mark Sullivan, an Endodontics resident, was recognized as a Service Star Awardee in August for his personal care of a dental patient. The patient’s wife wrote the following letter:

                My husband was treated by Dr. Mark Sullivan in endodontics for an abscessed tooth that caused my husband intense pain. My husband has severe anxiety issues and a motion disorder, which affected his reaction to the treatment for his tooth. Although Dr. Sullivan did everything he could to help my husband’s pain, his anxiety and motion disorder caused his entire body to shake uncontrollably.

                My husband had walked to UI Hospitals and Clinics for the appointment, but he knew he wouldn’t be able to walk back home. Dr. Sullivan personally walked downstairs with my husband to meet a taxicab that had been called and already paid for! Others offered to stay with my husband until the cab arrived, but Dr. Sullivan insisted on staying with my husband and seeing that he was safely in the cab and on his way home.

                My husband and I were both impressed that Dr. Sullivan took such personal care for him and stayed with him during a very difficult time for my husband. We are both very grateful for Dr. Sullivan’s care for my husband. 

Iowa Mission of Mercy

The 2014 Iowa Mission of Mercy (IMOM) was held September 26-27 in Waterloo, Iowa. 

10/07/2014

The 2014 Iowa Mission of Mercy (IMOM), sponsored by the Iowa Dental Association, was held September 26-27 at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, Iowa. There were 170 College of Dentistry faculty, staff, students and residents who volunteered their time, along with many other dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants from across the state. Cleanings extractions, fillings, and tooth replacements were performed for more than 1,100 dental patients. In all, more than $760,000 in treatment was provided.

Dr. Patty Meredith, Department of Operative Dentistry, said, "Our patients are truly appreciative and we could not have done it without each and every one of you! I'm so proud of our College of Dentistry family."

Kirk Fridrich

Dr. Kirk Fridrich, head of the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, received the 2014 Donald B. Osb on Award for Outstanding Educator.

10/07/2014

Dr. Kirk Fridrich, head of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, received the 2014 Donald B. Osbon Award for an Outstanding Educator during the recent meeting of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

The meeting was held September 8-13 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Many of the OMS department faculty, staff and family members attended the meeting.

Dr. Fabricio Teixeira

Dr. Fabricio Teixeira, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., head of the Department of Endodontics with the College of Dentistry at the University of Iowa, has been appointed as the Richard E. Walton Professor of Endodontics.

09/12/2014

Dr. Fabricio Teixeira, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., head of the Department of Endodontics with the College of Dentistry at the University of Iowa, has been appointed as the Richard E. Walton Professor of Endodontics. The appointment is effective for five years.

The Walton Professorship was established from a grassroots fundraising effort—mostly alumni of the Endodontics Program—to honor Professor Richard Walton. Professor Walton, a beloved and internationally renowned faculty member, whose textbook of Endodontics has been widely used in the world, mentored a number of endodontic practitioners and educators.

Dean Johnsen stated, “Professor Teixeira is first and foremost a formidable scholar. I am confident he will use the resources to advance the scholarship and the professional development of the Endodontics Department and the specialty. I am equally confident that the many supporters of the Walton Professorship will be proud of the results the Professorship will bring to the College.”

Professor Teixeira a tenured full professor with the College of Dentistry who has over 70 publications on the basic and clinical aspects of endodontics in top dental journals, has written book chapters, and has served on numerous PhD and masters theses committees.

“The Walton Professorship intends to support scholarship and education. Therefore, our leading purpose will be to support all members of the department on their education, professional development and research that will benefit the College and our specialty nationally,” said Dr. Teixeira.

Dr. Teixeira is a diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and holds a position as endodontic consultant of the American Dental Association for the Commission on Dental Accreditation. He is a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Mu Nu Chapter at the UTHSCSA. Dr. Teixeira is associate editor of Endodontic Topics and Visual Endodontics. He is actively involved in clinical research and has lectured nationally and internationally. 

Dr. Caplan

Dr. Caplan Appointed as the Richard L. and Nancy M. Christiansen Professor in International Programs in Oral Health Education and Research. 

09/12/2014

Dr. Daniel Caplan, D.D.S., Ph.D., head of the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry with the College of Dentistry at the University of Iowa, has been appointed as the Richard L. and Nancy M. Christiansen Professor in International Programs in Oral Health Education and Research.

The Professorship has been established by the Christiansens with the aim of developing and growing educational and research programs with international components, and will establish a series of globally connected opportunities and programs at the College of Dentistry. The appointment is effective for five years.

“I am confident that Professor Caplan will use the spirit and the resources from the Christiansen Professorship to advance international programs at a level that will make the Christiansens proud,” said the College of Dentistry Dean David Johnsen.

Dr. Caplan is a tenured professor with an array of research interests, including oral health outcomes, diagnostic testing, and epidemiology of oral diseases and conditions.  

He has over 70 publications in top dental journals, including two publications that won national awards. Dr. Caplan has been a primary and co-investigator on numerous grants from a variety of funding sources, including the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Caplan is a member of the International Association for Dental Research, the American Dental Education Association, the American Dental Association, and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry.

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Dr. Steven Levy receives a $302,000 NIDCR Grant

09/10/2014

A new $302,000 grant entitled “Secondary Analyses of Adolescent Caries, Including Fluoride, Diet, and Other Factors” has been awarded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. The two-year award will support detailed secondary data analyses of patterns of dental caries incidence from age 13 to 17 years among children in the Iowa Fluoride Study; support will also include complex analyses of the longitudinal predictors of dental caries incidence that include demographic factors, previous caries experience, fluoride intake and exposures, and dietary intakes and patterns.

The principal investigator is Dr. Steven Levy, Wright-Bush-Shreves Endowed Professor of Research, Preventive and Community Dentistry, and professor, epidemiology, College of Public Health. Co-investigators include Drs. John Warren, and Teresa Marshall, Preventive and Community Dentistry, and Dr. Joseph Cavanaugh, Department of Biostatistics, College of Public Health.

The Iowa Fluoride Study cohort has been followed and studied since their birth through recruitment of the mothers in 1992-95; the young adults are now aged 19-22. Several previous NIDCR grants have supported this unique longitudinal study. The age 17 dental examinations and related questionnaire data collection recently were supported by grants from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust and Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation, without whose support this NIDCR grant award would not have been possible. 

Saulo Sousa Melo

Dr. Saulo Sousa Melo, a radiology resident in Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, has received the 2014 Radiology Centennial Scholarship.

09/05/2014

Dr. Saulo Sousa Melo, a second-year radiology resident in the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, has been awarded the 2014 Radiology Centennial Scholarship by the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

The scholarship award, which includes a certificate and a check for $5,000, recognized the centennial year of the discovery of x-rays by German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen in 1915. The scholarship is given to oral and maxillofacial radiology graduate students who are academically outstanding and who will potentially have continued achievement in their professional careers.

Ghadeer Thalji

Dr. Ghadeer Thalji, Department of Prosthodontics, has received an eighteen-month, $63,986 grant from the Osteology Foundation.

08/28/2014

Dr. Ghadeer Thalji, Department of Prosthodontics, has received an eighteen-month, $63,986 grant from the Osteology Foundation. Her research project is "Comparative Assessment of Alternative Macrophage Differentiation in an Early Osseointegration Model in Health Non-Obese Patients vs. Obese Type II Diabetics."

The project's goal will be to evaluate the effects of obese individuals on the modulation of gene transcription related to acquisition of M2 properties in implant adherent cells in an oral implant integration model compared with non-obese, non-diabetic individuals. She also hopes to gain preliminary insight into the osteoinductive nature of adjacent osteoprogenitor cells that may be influenced by the phenotype of the neighboring monocytes.

Co-investigators include Dr. Clark Stanford, Dows and Prosthodontics, and Dr. Lyndon Cooper, University of North Carolina.

Leonardo Marchini

Dr. Leonardo Marchini, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, has received a two-year, $166,440 Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation grant.

08/14/2014

Dr. Leonardo Marchini, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, has received a two-year, $166,440 Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation grant for his research, "Iowa Nursing Facility Oral Hygiene Intervention: A Pilot Study." His research will evaluate the effectiveness of dental hygienist-delivered oral health interventions in six area Iowa nursing facilities.

Co-investigators will include Drs. Michael Kanellis, Clinic Administration; Jennifer Hartshorn, Howard Cowen, and Daniel Caplan, all Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry; Deborah Dawson, Biostatistics Unit; and David Drake, Dows Research.

Azeez Butali

Dr. Azeez Butali has been selected as a Harold Amos Scholar by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

08/05/2014

Dr. Azeez Butali, Dows Research and Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, has been selected to participate in the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He was one of 10 chosen scholars out of 74 applicants nationwide.

As an Amos Scholar, Dr. Butali will receive an annual stipend up to $75,000 over four years, complemented by a $30,000 annual grant toward his research support.  He will spend at least 70% of his time conducting research with a senior faculty member located at an academic medical center or dental school noted for the training of young faculty and will pursue lines of investigation in his field of interest. His research project, which will be conducted at the UI College of Dentistry, will be “A Genome-wide Association Study for Non-syndromic Clefts in sub-Saharan African Population.” Ms. Tamara Busch, a research assistant in the College of Medicine, will be working with Dr. Azeez.

Dr. Butali's scholarship will begin following completion of the required paperwork.

Dr. Leonardo Marchini

Dr. Leonardo Marchini, assistant professor with the preventive and community dentistry department at the College of Dentistry, received the Colgate-GABA Research Award at the 2014 European College of Gerodontology (ECG) meeting in Böblingen, Germany, June 19 – 21, 2014.

06/26/2014

Dr. Leonardo Marchini, assistant professor with the preventive and community dentistry department at the College of Dentistry, received the Colgate-GABA Research Award at the 2014 European College of Gerodontology (ECG) meeting in Böblingen, Germany, June 19 – 21, 2014, and was elected ECG Counsellor. The ECG - GABA Research Award supports and recognizes research in the field of gerodontology. The prize is awarded annually during the ECG meeting.

The study, entitled “Bone metabolism related gene expression in early phase of residual ridge resorption in human mandibles,” was done at the State University of Sao Paulo (UNESP), Brazil. The researchers’ team included Elis Andrade de Lima Zutin, Leonardo Marchini, Marcia Sampaia Campos, Alecsandro de Moura Silva, Patricia Pimentel de Barros, and Antonio Olavo Cardoso Jorge.

ECG, founded in 1990, is a forum for those sharing an interest in the oral care for the elders, a place for fostering international cooperation on research in gerodontology, and a setting for a European body that addresses questions on oral health, oral health policies and educational aspects for gerodontology. ECG meetings regularly cover not only the “hard core science,” but also a wide range of clinical aspects of dental treatment of the older adults.

In 1999, the ECG held its annual meeting for the first time in conjunction with the American Society for Gerodontology (ASGD) in Montreal, and thus broadened the “European” perspective in the field. With a growing interest in the field of gerodontology, ECG members reach far beyond the European borders.

Dr. David Gratton

Dr. David Gratton Named a Fellow at the Academy of Prosthodontics Annual Meeting.

06/11/2014

Dr. David Gratton, associate professor with the Department of Prosthodontics, was named a Fellow at the prestigious Academy of Prosthodontics annual meeting that took place took place in Bern, Switzerland, May 13 – 17, 2014.

Members of the Academy are known as Fellows. Categories of Fellowship include Honorary, Life, Active, and Associate. Fellowship is by invitation and is limited to a number of Active and Associate Fellows as determined by the membership; currently the total membership of all Fellows is 130. The membership is broad-based, representing areas of prosthodontic research, education and clinical practice.

Dr. Gratton had previously been invited to Geneva, Switzerland, to present “Intra-oral Scanning” at the International Team for Implantology (ITI) World Symposium. Dr. Gratton, who is an ITI Fellow, participated in a panel discussion at the close of the opening session, which focused on digital implant dentistry.

The ITI welcomed more than 4,200 participants from 84 countries to its global flagship event, the ITI World Symposium. Held under the heading “Knowledge is Key,” the meeting took place in Geneva, Switzerland, April 24 - 26, 2014.

Dr. Clark Stanford

Dr. Clark Stanford, associate dean for research and professor of prosthodontics at the College of Dentistry, has been named dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.

05/30/2014

Dr. Clark Stanford, associate dean for research and professor of prosthodontics at the College of Dentistry, has been named dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.

“Illinois will be a better place because Clark is arriving, and Iowa will be a different place because Clark is leaving. While Clark cannot be replaced, he has left a sound legacy that will endure. I will personally miss Clark as a colleague, mentor, and friend, and I look forward to working with him as a fellow Big Ten Dean,” said COD Dean David Johnsen.

A native of Northbrook, Illinois, Stanford arrived at the Iowa City campus as an undergraduate in 1979 and never left. He received a bachelor’s of science degree in 1984, a doctor of dental science degree in 1987, and a certificate in prosthodontics and Ph.D. in cell biology in 1992. He joined Iowa’s faculty that same year.

An accomplished researcher whose work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, private foundations and industry, Stanford focuses his laboratory studies on osteoblastic gene expression and signaling pathways. He is the author of 18 book chapters, 111 published papers and more than 140 research abstracts.

Stanford currently serves on several national and international committees, including the International Association for Dental Research, the National Institutes of Health, the Academy of Prosthodontics and the Academy of Osseointegration.

Stanford has won 15 teaching awards, including the 2007 State of Iowa Regents Award for Faculty Excellence and the International Association for Dental Research Distinguished Science Award that same year. He also treats patients for complex rehabilitation, with an emphasis in craniofacial anomalies, in an intramural practice at the college.

Congratulations, Dr. Stanford! 

IDF Scholarships

Kaitlin Hoogeveen and Courtney Mann Win IDF Scholarships. The Iowa Dental Foundation (IDF) board of directors approved scholarships to ten students during its May board meeting. 

05/16/2014

The Iowa Dental Foundation (IDF) board of directors approved scholarships to ten students during its May board meeting. Kaitlin Hoogeveen and Courtney Mann, third-year students at the College of Dentistry, each were awarded $5,000 scholarships.

Dr. Chris Barwacz, assistant professor with the Craniofacial Clinical Research Center, is the research mentor for both students. Dr. Barwacz serves as secretary at a University District Dental Society Meeting, where he learned about the scholarship opportunities. Dr. Barwacz encouraged Kaitlin and Courtney to apply.

The application process required submission of students’ CVs, personal statements and letters of reference.

“I was humbled and honored to receive the scholarship. It was a surprise, and I am very grateful to the Iowa Dental Foundation for the award,” said Kaitlin.

Courtney stated: “I am very grateful for the opportunities this scholarship will provide. I appreciate my faculty who wrote letters of recommendation for me and the IDF for their generosity.”

IDF scholarships are available for students wishing to pursue higher education in the field of dentistry. Dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental technicians, and third-year dental students are eligible to apply.

Scholarship applications are due in the IDF offices no later than March 31 of the calendar year. Application are reviewed at the IDF's board meeting the first week of May each year. Scholarship recipients are notified in mid-May.

Congratulations, Kaitlin and Courtney!

COD students

Project SEALED, a University of Iowa initiative, provides oral care for schoolchildren in northeast Allamakee County, Iowa.

05/13/2014

Clean teeth mean happy and healthy children—and possibly a career as a dentist.

That’s the thrust behind a University of Iowa initiative in Allamakee County, Iowa, where third-year UI College of Dentistry students travel four times a year to check schoolchildren’s teeth, offer tips for oral care, and show what it means to be a community dentist.

The program, called Project SEALED, started nearly two years ago as a partnership between the UI and school systems in Postville and Waukon. To date, about 100 dental students have provided care for up to 700 elementary and middle school children in Postville and Waukon.

Dan Caplan, UI dentistry professor and organizer of Project SEALED, says the outreach is much more than helping an underserved population in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the state. For one, the UI dental students get hands-on experience working in the field, as they think about their careers.

Kaitlin Hoogeveen says the experience reinforces her desire to open a practice in rural, northwest Iowa. “We really love the small town, and the support from the community,” says Hoogeveen, who’s from Sioux Center.

The schoolchildren find out what it’s like to be a dentist, too. To underscore that message, some of them came to Iowa City this month to tour the College of Dentistry and learn more about dentistry.

Dr. Casko

Dr. John S. Casko, professor emeritus at the UI College of Dentistry, honored by the American Board of Orthodontics. 

05/06/2014

Dr. John S. Casko, professor emeritus at the UI College of Dentistry, was awarded the Albert H. Ketcham Memorial Award, the highest honor given by the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO), on April 27, 2014, at the Excellence in Orthodontics Awards Ceremony, held in New Orleans, La.

The award, created in 1936 to commemorate the achievements of Dr. Albert H. Ketcham, is given annually to an individual who has made a notable contribution to the science and art of orthodontics.

Dr. Casko, a past president of the ABO, is Professor Emeritus and the B.F. and Helen E. Dewel Endowed Chair in Clinical Orthodontics Emeritus at the UI College of Dentistry.

Dr. Casko joined the faculty at the University of Iowa in 1976. He served as head of the Department of Orthodontics from 1976 to 2002. In 2000, he was named the B.F. and Helen E. Dewel Endowed Chair in Clinical Orthodontics, the first endowed chair at the UI College of Dentistry. He retired from the University of Iowa in 2013.

“The ABO is very pleased to recognize Dr. Casko with this prestigious award,” said Dr. Marvin Kastrop, the 2013-14 president of the ABO. “Dr. Casko has contributed greatly to the specialty of orthodontics. …He has said that his greatest satisfaction is seeing how successful his residents have become and how much they contribute back to dentistry and the specialty of orthodontics. In addition, his sphere of influence extends beyond the University of Iowa. Many orthodontists from all over the world have benefited from his life’s work.”

Dr. Casko received both his D.D.S. and M.S. in orthodontics from Georgetown University in 1964 and 1968, respectively. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971. He has been an ABO Diplomate since 1981 and recertified in 1999.

Dr. Casko is a member and past president of the Angle Midwest Component of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and editor of Practical Reviews in Orthodontics.

During his career in orthodontic education, Dr. Casko gave more than 200 orthodontic presentations nationally and internationally, taught more than 230 orthodontic residents and received numerous awards. In 2009, the Southern Association of Orthodontists presented him with the Orthodontic Legend Award in recognition of his extraordinary achievements in orthodontic education through teaching, research and publishing.

“This is the highest award I can get as an orthodontist, and it is very special to me …because it symbolizes the recognition of my peers,” Dr. Casko said. “This award is a wonderful complement to the Louise Ada Jarabak Memorial International Orthodontic Teachers and Research Award that I received in 2008.

To be included on the list of past recipients of the Ketcham Award is incredibly humbling. This list also brings to mind friends and colleagues who received this award, but are no longer with us. So many wonderful people have received this award; I am grateful to be included among them.” 

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UI College of Dentistry White Coat Ceremony held May 9, 2014.

05/05/2014

MEDIA ADVISORY:  UI College of Dentistry White Coat Ceremony May 9
WHAT:  White Coat Ceremony for first-year dental students at the University of Iowa
WHEN/WHERE:  5 p.m. Friday, May 9, the College of Dentistry Galagan Auditorium

The White Coat Ceremony at the UI College of Dentistry honors first-year dental students as they move from the first into the second year that involves first patient experiences.

Dr. David Johnsen ('73 M.S.), dean of the UI College of Dentistry (COD), offered remarks. Dr. Axel Ruprecht, a professor with the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology & Medicine and member of the Iowa Section of the International College of Dentists; Dr. Kathy Kell ('79 D.D.S.), treasurer and executive committee member at FDI World Dental Federation and president of the Iowa Section of the American College of Dentists; Dr. Fred Burnham, Iowa Section Chair of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and Penni Ryan, past president of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society, welcomed the students. Dr. Peter Damiano ('86 D.D.S.), director of the University of Iowa Public Policy Center (PPC) and professor with the Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, gave the keynote address.

Following Damiano’s speech, the dental students were ceremonially cloaked with their first white laboratory coats.

Professor Marsha Cunningham, course director for Preventive Dentistry Assessment & Patient Care, announced each student’s name. 

Then, in the presence of family, friends and faculty, the students recited the Oath of a Dentist.

MEDIA CONTACT:  Irina Bassis, 319-335-6594, irina-bassis@uiowa.edu.

Dr. Fischer

Dr. Carol Fischer selected to receive TRiO Achiever Award

04/23/2014

Dr. Carol Fischer, postdoctoral research fellow with the Dows Institute for Dental Research at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, has been selected as the 2014 Oklahoma Division of Student Assistance programs’ TRiO achiever awardee.

During her undergraduate education, Dr. Fischer participated in the McNair Scholars Program, part of a group of federally funded programs collectively known as “TRiO.” The McNair program seeks out first generation undergraduate students, interested in education beyond a bachelor’s degree, to cultivate, encourage, and assist them to attain graduate school status. Participating students become involved in research projects, special classes, seminars, and conferences and are assigned an additional mentor to help them.

As the awardee, Dr. Fischer will present at both state and regional conferences and will serve as the state representative of the TRiO program.

Dr. Fischer acknowledges that although she was aware that the McNair program had followed her accomplishments through graduate school, she was quite surprised when she heard the program was nominating her for this award. She states, “I didn’t even know it existed – and I was very excited to receive this notification!”

Mari Heslinga

Mari Heslinga (D2) Selected for the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program.

04/18/2014

Mari Heslinga, a second-year student with the College of Dentistry, has been accepted into the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program (PASP), part of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR).

PASP prepares public health and clinical health professions students to address population health challenges at the national and community level, seeking to meet the current and future health needs of the public. PASP provides mini-grant funds to selected students to implement a Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators project within students’ communities or at their academic institutions.

Since 2002, more than 500 students from over 160 academic institutions have become Paul Ambrose Scholars. The program is named after Paul Ambrose, M.D., M.P.H., a rising star in the medical community who lost his life on September 11, 2001, in the American Airlines flight 77 crash. His commitment to promoting public health and preventing disease was a critical force in the development of The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity for which he served as a senior editor. Following his personal vision, PASP supports leadership development for students pursuing careers in preventive medicine and public health.

As a 2014 PASP Scholar, Mari will attend the Student Leadership Symposium in Washington, District of Columbia, from June 20-22, 2014. Mari will be among 40 health professions students from across the country. During the Symposium, scholars will gain a deeper understanding of the complexities and varying attitudes toward public health and learn methods to affect change in their own community. Past Symposium speakers include prominent public health officials such as Surgeons General, Assistant Secretaries for Health and other governmental officials, industry experts, and veteran public health practitioners.

Each student scholar will receive a $200.00 stipend after completing the Symposium activities. The stipend will be used to implement a community-based project addressing one of the Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators (LHIs). Student scholars have up to one year to complete their projects and request reimbursement for their project-related expenses (up to $350.00).

Mari is very excited to become part of the program, and is thankful to her mentor, Dr. Steve Levy,Preventive & Community Dentistry,for his support and his time. Mari says, "This is going to be a great project to work on."

The Daily Iowan article features COD and its technology

The Daily Iowan article features COD and its technology.

04/17/2014

The Daily Iowan article features the growing use of technology and how the College of Dentistry is keeping up with the trend.

April issue of JADA

Dr. Sath Allareddy and co-authors published a lead article in the April issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).

04/14/2014

Dr. Sath Allareddy, along with co-autors Romesh Nalliah, Min Kyeong Lee, Veerajalandhar Allareddy and Sankeerth Rampa, published a lead article in the April issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA). The article, titled Hospital-Based Emergency Department Visits Involving Dental Conditions: Profile and Predictors of Poor Outcomes and Resource Utilization, examines how untreated dental conditions may progress to severe lesions and lead to emergency visits to hospitals. The study reviewed trends in hospital-based emergency department (ED) visits involving dental conditions and associated patient charges.

The study examined data (2008 – 2010) from ED visits involving patients with a diagnosis of either dental caries, pulpal or periapical lesions, gingival or periodontal conditions, or mouth cellulitis or abscess. The authors found that about one percent of all ED visits in this country involved a dental condition. About 40.5 percent of all dental condition-related ED visits were uninsured patients. The mean hospital ED charge per visit was approximately $760.

The study determined patients without insurance are at high risk of seeking dental care in ED settings, and patients with mouth cellulitis, periodontal conditions and numerous comorbidities are likely to experience higher charges. The authors concluded that dental conditions can be treated more effectively in a dental office than in hospital-based settings.

For more information on this article, contact Dr. Sath Allareddy, associate professor, Department of Orthodontics, College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics, the University of iowa.

outreach clinic

An ADEA article about underserved areas being served by recent grads.

04/09/2014

A new article published in the latest issue of the American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) scholarly publication, the Journal of Dental Education (JDE), illustrates the need for dental schools to become actively involved in recruiting students to practice dentistry in underserved areas. The article provides an example for how to implement such a program.

“Every state school has the responsibility to work to assure a dental workforce for their state,” said David C. Johnsen, D.D.S., M.S., Dean of The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics (UI COD).

The JDE article, “Retaining New Dentists in Iowa: A Role for Dental Schools in Facilitating Graduates’ Connections to Practice Opportunities in Underserved Areas,” shows how UI COD addressed the concomitant problems of having an aging dental workforce and a high percentage of counties designated as Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (DHPSAs) in the state of Iowa. The article was written by Debra A. Hoyle, B.S.W.; Penni M. Ryan, B.L.S., C.P.P.; Jed S. Hand, D.D.S., M.H.S.A.; Peter Damiano, D.D.S., M.P.H.; and Galen B. Schneider, D.D.S., Ph.D.

In June 2006, the college, along with grant support from Delta Dental of Iowa, created the Office of Iowa Practice Opportunities (OIPO) to promote dental practice opportunities throughout the state. The office and its advisory committee developed and defined a list of six objectives to improve dentistry in Iowa: (1) develop and maintain a web-accessible database of dental practice opportunities, (2) coordinate a student-mentor program, (3) develop a network of partners to assist in identifying and working with communities seeking a dentist, (4) sponsor presentations to dental students highlighting the advantages of practice in Iowa and providing information on available resources, (5) travel to predominantly rural Iowa communities to help those communities recruit dentists and (6) facilitate communications between students and those offering practice opportunities.

Since the establishment of the OIPO, the number of dentists under the age of 40 in Iowa has increased 77%. These dentists now compose 29% of Iowa’s dental workforce. The number of counties designated as DHPSAs also has decreased from 79 to 68. As of June 30, 2012, the OIPO had coordinated 141 placements for practices in 63 Iowa communities, and 70 of these placements were in rural communities. Moreover, an average of 25 students, in the typically 75-student graduating class, go on to pursue practice opportunities in the state following graduation.

The success of Iowa’s program prompted several other schools to consult with the college to develop their own programs. The authors believe that the OIPO could be used as a model for other statewide dental organizations.

“We see this as an opportunity for our college to add value to our state and university as well,” said Dr. Johnsen. “This program has become a key component in our efforts to recruit students from all over Iowa and to make it attractive to serve Iowa’s citizens.”

Access the full report at www.jdentaled.org. To learn more about the ADEA Journal of Dental Education, visit www.adea.org/jde.

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Student Showcase at Des Moines Hawkeye Caucus Day

04/02/2014

IowaNow article features UI students, including College of Dentistry predoctoral students, connecting with state leaders.

Satheesh Elangovan

Dr. Satheesh Elangovan, Department of Periodontics, has received a one-year Academy of Oseointegration grant for $14,500.

03/31/2014

Dr. Satheesh Elangovan, Department of Periodontics, has received a one-year Academy of Osseointegration grant for $14,500. The grant will be used for his research project, "An in vitro Assessment of a Tissue Engineering Titanium Surface for Enhanced Peri-Implant Healing."

Dr. Veerasathpurush Allareddy, Department of Orthodontics; Dr. Liu Hong, Department of Prosthodontics; and Dr. Aliasger Salem, College of Pharmacy, will be co-investigators on the grant. Dr. Georgia Johnson, head of the Department of Periodontics, and Clark Stanford, associate dean for research, will be consultants.

Sreedevi Srinivasan

Dr. Sreedevi Srinivasan, Department of Orthodontics, has received an award from the AAOF Foundation.

03/31/2014

Dr. Sreedevi Srinivasan, Department of Orthodontics, has received a one-year $15,000 Orthodontic Faculty Development Fellowship Award from the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation (AAOF).

The award will support her research project, "Assessment of Jaw Growth Using Biomarkers in Saliva and Gingival Crevicular Fluid: A Pilot Study." Her co-investigators will include Dr. Brad Amendt, UI College of Medicine, and Dr. Deborah Dawson, Biostatistics Unit. Dr. Andrew Norris and Dr. Jeff Murray, both College of Medicine, will be consultants. Dr. Thomas Southard, Department of Orthodontics chair, will be an advisor.

Richard Walton

Dr. Richard Walton, faculty emeritus, Department of Endodontics, is a co-author on a fifth edition of Endodontics: Principles and Practice.

03/31/2014

Dr. Richard Walton, faculty emeritus, Department of Endodontics, is a co-author on a fifth edition of Endodontics: Principles and Practice.

Drs. Mahmoud Torabinejad, Loma Linda University, and Ashraf Fouad, University of Maryland, are the other two co-authors. The text will be released in April.

Several UI Department of Endodontics faculty and former UI graduate students wrote chapters for the book, which includes a video with the book's purchase.

The text will be used throughout the UI dental students' curriculum.

Ben Nashleanas

A research article published by Ben Nashleanas (D3) is currently the Editor's Choice for the online journal BMC Oral Health.

03/31/2014

A research article published by Ben Nashleanas (D3) has been the Editor's Choice for the online journal BMC Oral Health.

Ben's article, "Career influences among final year dental students who plan to enter private practice," can be found at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcoralhealth.

Co-authors includes Drs. Susan McKernan, Raymond Kuthy, and Fang Qian, Department ofl Preventive & Community Dentistry. Drs. Kuthy and McKernan are Ben's mentors.

Lily Garcia

Dr. Lily Garcia, associate dean for education, is the new chair of the Board of Directors of the American Dental Education Association.

03/31/2014

Dr. Lily Garcia, associate dean for education, is the new chair of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Board of Directors. She assumed the position during the recent 2014 ADEA annual meeting, which was held in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Garcia's responsibilities as chair will be to facilitate the goals of ADEA and serve as presiding officer of the ADEA House of Delegates.

Carol Fischer

Dr. Carol Fischer has been selected as the 2014 Oklahoma Division of Student Assistance Programs' TRiO achiever awardee.

03/04/2014

Dr. Carol Fischer, postdoctoral research fellow, Dows, has been selected as the 2014 Oklahoma Division of Student Assistance programs' TRiO achiever awardee.

During her undergraduate education, Dr. Fischer participated in the McNair Scholar's Program, which is part of a group of federally funded programs collectively known as "TRiO." The McNair program seeks out first general undergraduate students who are interested in education beyond a bachelor's degree to cultivate, encourage, and help them attain a graduate school status. Participating students become involved in research projects, special classes, seminars, and conferences, and are assigned an additional mentor to help them.

As the awardee, Dr. Fischer will present at both state and regional conferences and will also serve as the state representative of the TRiO program.

Veeratrishul Allareddy

Dr. Veeratrishul Allareddy, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the DICOM Standards Committee.

03/04/2014

Dr. Veeratrishul Allareddy, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Digital Imaging and Communications (DICOM) Standards Committee. Among his responsibilities, Dr. Allareddy has been involved with the extensive revamping and correction of standards related to dental radiology. As a part of the revamping, the DICOM Standards Committee has produced a Correction Package CP 375, which has been recently approved to be included as a part of the DICOM Standard.

Elham Kateeb

Dr. Elham Kateeb selected to receive the Olav Alvares Award.

03/04/2014

Dr. Elham Kateeb, adjunct lecturer in the Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry and a research associate at the UI Public Policy Center, has been selected to receive the Olav Alvares Award for best article published in Journal of Dental Education (JDE) in 2013 by a junior scholar. Her article, "Teaching atraumatic restorative trreatment in U.S. dental schools: a survey of predoctoral pediatric dentistry program directors," was published in the October 2013 issue of JDE. Dr Kateeb will receive her ward during the upcoming 2014 American Dental Education Association (ADEA) annual session. Co-authors of her article include Drs. John Warren and Peter Damiano, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry; Dr. Elizabeth Momany; Dr. Michael Kanellis, Clinic Administration; Dr. Karen Weber-Gasparoni, Department of Pediatric Dentistry; and Dr. Timothy Ansley.

Dr. Kateeb received an MPH from the University of Massachusetts in 2005 and her PhD in oral science from the University of Iowa in 2012. She also passed her dental public health board exams in 2013. Dr. John Warren, Preventive & Community Dentistry, was her UI mentor.

Azeez Butali

Dr. Azeez Butali, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine, and Dows, has received a three-year NIH grant.

03/04/2014

Dr. Azeez Butali, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, and Dows, has received a three-year grant from the U.S. Deparment of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health. The first year's amount is $224,000.

The goal of his project, "Genetic Studies of Nonsyndromic Clefts in Populations of African Descent," is to understand the complex genetic etiology of orofacial clefts (OFC) by determining the genetic variations that contribute to OFC in homogenous African populations and relate these findings to prevention and clinical management of the disease. The study will also focus on genome-wide association studies (common variant association studies (CVAS) and rare variant association studies (RVAS) of non-syndromic clefts using homogenous samples from Africa.

Dr. William Giannobile

Dr. William Giannobile was the keynote speaker for 61st Meeting of Iowa Section of AADR.

02/21/2014

The 61st Annual Meeting of the Iowa Section of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) was held at the College of Dentistry on February 11, 2014. There were 88 presenters (faculty, students, and staff) for this year's Local Research Day. The awards banquet was held that evening at the Coralville Holiday Inn.

Dr. William Giannobile, Najjar Endowed Professor of Dentistry & Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and College of engineering, was the keynote speaker. His presentation was "Oral and Periodontal Regenerative Medicine: Prospects for the Future."

Dr. Giannobile has published and lectured about periodontal regenerative medicine and tissue engineering and has also authored several textbooks in clinical research and periodontal research methodologies. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Dental Research and a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and several biotechnology companies focused on regenerative medicine. Dr. Giannobile is a diplomate of the American Board of periodontology and maintains a private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan, that is limited to periodontics and implantology.

Ghadeer Thalji

Dr. Ghadeer Thalji receives an ITI Foundation Grant.

02/21/2014

Dr. Ghadeer Thalji, Department of Prosthodontics, has received a one-year, $48,000 International Team for Implantology (ITI) Foundation Grant.

Dr. Thalji will conduct a cross-sectional observational study, where she will place two SLAactive Standard Plus Straumann implants (4.1x6 mm) in edentulous sites of 12 systematicallly healthy, non-obese human subjects and 12 obese type 2 diabetics. One implant will subsequently be removed after 3 and 7 days. Total RNA will be isolated from cells adherent to retrieved implants. Expression of M2 markers and key osteoblastic transcription factors (RUNX2 and OSX) will be analyzed by real-time quantitative PCR method.

Co-investigators include Dr. Clark Stanford, Department of Prosthodontics and Dows, and Dr. Deborah Dawson, director of the Biostatistics Unit.

Daniel Caplan

Dr. Daniel Caplan receives a Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation Grant.

02/21/2014

Dr. Daniel Caplan, head of the Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, has received a one-year, $25,000 grant from the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation. The grant money will be used for his project, "Association between Dental Treatment and Time-to-Death among Nursing Home Residents of Eastern Iowa." The goal of the project is to describe the types and timing of dental treatment provided to 586 nursing home residents in four Eastern Iowa counties and to evaluate whether that treatment is related to time-to-death in that population.

Dr. Tariq Ghazal, a graduate student in the oral sciences PhD program, is currently working with Dr. Caplan on the data analysis.

Drs. Julie Holloway and Anne Williamson

Drs. Julie Holloway and Anne Williamson have been selected to participate in the ADEA Leadership Institute.

02/21/2014

Drs. Julie Holloway, head of the Department of Prosthodontics, and Anne Williamson, Department of Endodontics, have been selected to participate in the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute.

The one-year program helps individuals from U.S. dental institutions develop skills in decision making, priority setting, and conflict resolution; expand their administrative skills; become an advocate of national policy making; and further develop their career plans.

Isabelle Denry

Dr. Isabelle Denry, Department of Prosthodontics and Dows, has been appointed to the editorial board of Journal of Dental Research (JDR).

02/21/2014

Dr. Isabelle Denry, Department of Prosthodontics and Dows, has been appointed to the editorial board of Journal of Dental Research (JDR).

Dr. Deborah Dawson, director of the Biostatistics Unit, is also currently an editorial board member of JDR.

Dr. William V. Giannobile, University of Michigan, is currently the editor-in-chief of JDR. He was the keynote speaker for the 61st Annual Meeting of the Iowa Section of the American Association for Dental Research, which was held February 11.

Thomas Crary

Thomas Crary (D2) has been selected to receive an ADAF Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarship.

02/21/2014

Thomas Crary (D2) has been selected to receive a $2,500 American Dental Association Foundation (ADAF) Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year. The goal of the ADAF dental student scholarship program is to facilitate the education of academically gifted dental students.

Michael Finkelstein

Michael W. Finkelstein, 1951-2013: In Memoriam.

01/03/2014

Michael W. Finkelstein was born in Los Angeles, California.  His family relocated to Carthage, Illinois, when he was only six months old to be near his mother’s family. As an adolescent, he worked in the family business. Following completion of a BS degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois and a DDS degree from the University of Iowa in 1976, Mike served our country as a captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps.  Mike returned to Iowa and while undergoing specialty training, he met Twila, the love of his life. They were married in 1980.  Mike completed a certificate and MS degree in oral and maxillofacial pathology at the University of Iowa in 1982.  Mike was a Fellow in the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

Mike was hired by the College of Dentistry where he taught histology, anatomy and oral pathology for 31 years.  Additionally, he taught histology for the University of Iowa College of Medicine and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Mike was the consummate role model for the students, colleagues and patients who were touched by his gentle demeanor.  He taught without bravado, never sought the limelight and gave credit to others for his accomplishments. Mike always put the needs of his students first and foremost. He was a kind, inspiring spirit for the now tens of thousands of people who were touched by him. Mike had a rare gift for reaching out to every person he met with an always upbeat manner.  He had high standards that he carried gracefully. Over the decades, countless people have said they are better people for having known Mike.

In recognition of his teaching and educational research accomplishments, his students presented him with Distinguished Instructor of the Year Awards 34 times, and the College bestowed on Mike the first Centennial Endowed Professor of Teaching & Curriculum. In further recognition of his accomplishments, he received the University of Iowa President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence, the James H. McLeran Faculty Award, and the President's Award by the Iowa Dental Association.

Michael was a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church where he shared his passion for education by serving on the Education Committee, teaching adult Sunday school and youth confirmation classes.

Mike is preceded in passing by his mother and father, Martha Jane and Samuel Marion Finkelstein. He is survived by his loving wife Twila, his daughter, Rachel, and granddaughter, Kylie Hoskins, who reside in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; stepdaughters, Angela Harthoorn Houston,  her husband, Doug, and children, Sydney, Jackson, and Evan who reside in Johnston, Iowa; and Amy Harthoorn Bode and family: husband Brian and children Bailey and Kerrigan who reside in Keokuk, Iowa.

 Michael’s family want to express a loving thank you to his wonderful working family at the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry for their support during his long tenure, and during his recent illness.  A memorial celebration service is being planned for Saturday, January 18, 2014.  Details can be found on the Gay & Ciha web site, http://www.gayandciha.com/ where you are encouraged to share your stories.