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The Origins of the Dental Student Research Program at Iowa

Although there were predoctoral students who participated in dental research in the late 1960s through the 1970s, it wasn't until the early 1980s that former Dean James McLeran appointed Dr. Charles Kremenak as the first dental student research program director. A National Institute for Craniofacial Research (now NIDCR) grant received by Dr. James Wefel in 1985 helped officially establish the College of Dentistry's Dental Student Research Program.

Along with the establishment of the Dental Student Research Program, the Iowa Section of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) was created; it is overseen each year by a faculty member who serves as president of the Iowa Section.

The National Student Research Group (NSRG) originated in 1980 through the foresight of Dr. Irwin D. Mandel who at that time was president of the American Association for Dental Research.

Four UI College of Dentistry students have been president of the NSRG: Ron Hathaway (1983); Leslie Winston (1987); Gregory Evans (1995); and Peter Cho (2004).