News 2007


Dr. Dan Caplan New Head of Department of Preventive & Community

Dan Caplan, D.D.S., Ph.D., is the new department executive officer of Preventive and Community Dentistry. Dr. Caplan succeeds Dr. Raymond Kuthy, professor, Preventive and Community, who served as DEO from 1999 to 2006, and Dr. Jed Hand, executive associate dean and professor, preventive and community dentistry, who had served as interim department head since 2006. Dr. Caplan received his BA from the University of Virginia in 1982 and his DDS from the University of Iowa in 1988. He completed a certificate in general practice residency at the VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1989 and in 1995, he completed a PhD at the University of North Carolina. He joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry the same year. Dr. Caplan was director of the PhD program in epidemiology at North Carolina and also actively participated in the predoctoral clinic and didactic curriculum, maintained a faculty practice, and served as reviewer for oral health projects submitted to the UNC School of Medicine’s General Clinical Research Center. His research interests include outcomes related to endodontic treatment; decision-making in endodontics; relationships between oral and systemic diseases; and evaluation of diagnostic tests.


Lindsey Pingel (D2) Attends Hinman Student Research Symposium

Second-year dental student, Lindsey Pingel, recently attended the Hinman Student Research Symposium, which was held at the historic Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, November 2-4, 2007. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry and the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society sponsored the symposium; the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research; the Procter & Gamble Company; the Tennessee Dental Association Foundation; and Viral Antigens, Inc. also participated.

Lindsey gave an oral presentation, "Defensin-attenuated cytokine responses to Porphyromonas gingivalis HagB in dendritic cells." Co-authors on her presentation included Kindra Burnell, research assistant, Dows; Dr. Xiaoying Lu, postdoctoral research scholar, formerly Dows; Dr. Myriam Belanger, University of Florida; Dr. Zoya Kurago, New York University (formerly UI College of Dentistry); and Dr. Kim Brogden, Department of Periodontics, and Dows.


Dr. Michael Kanellis Receives ADA 2007 Golden Apple Award

Dr. Michael Kanellis, assistant dean for patient care, received the American Dental Association (ADA) Golden Apple Award during an October 30, 2007, dental faculty meeting at the College of Dentistry.

The 19-year-old Golden Apple Awards Program gives dental leaders, members and staff recognition in one of several categories, including legislative achievement; excellence in membership recruitment and retention activity; excellence in dental health promotion to the public; and inspiring careers in dental education. Dr. Kanellis was nominated for the latter category.


Dr. Axel Ruprecht Gives CE Course at Dalhousie University

Dr. Axel Ruprecht, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, visited Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on October 19-20. Dr. Ruprecht lectured to dental students and dental hygiene students on Friday and gave an all-day CE course on Saturday.

Dr. Christopher Squier Receives ACS St. George National Award

Dr. Christopher Squier, associate dean for research and graduate studies, was given the American Cancer Society's St. George National Award during a recent meeting of the Midwest Division of the American Cancer Society (ACS). The award recognizes distinguished and exemplary leadership, years of service, and commitment to the ACS.

Dr. Squier has been involved with the organization for more than 20 years. He has been instrumental in the Division's strategic plan for tobacco control by helping to establish tobacco control baseline and outcome data. Dr. Squier has served on the Midwest Board for eight years. At the national level, he helped develop and implement the first international Freshstart program.

He is a member of the Iowa State Commission on Tobacco Use, Prevention and Control and is involved with the strategic planning of many tobacco control-related coalitions. Because of the efforts of Dr. Squier and others, the Iowa legislature voted to increase Iowa's cigarette tax by one dollar. He also worked with officials at the University of Iowa to make the local Hope Lodge a reality.

Dr. Steven Levy Invited Participant for Maternal and Child Health Bureau Expert Panel Meeting

Dr. Steven Levy, Wright-Bush-Shreves Endowed Professor of Research in the Department Preventive and Community Dentistry, was an invited participant in an expert panel meeting on "Topical Fluoride Recommendations for High-Risk Children" for the U.S. Maternal and Child Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The meeting was held in Washington, D.C., October 22-23, 2007.

Dr. Philip Wertz Attends the 21st World Congress of Dermatology

Dr. Philip Wertz, OPRM and Dows, was an invited speaker at the 21st World Congress of Dermatology, which was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from October 1-5. Dr. Wertz spoke during a workshop titled “Skin Barrier: Mechanism and Repair” and also presented “Barrier Function, Sebum and Antimicrobial Lipids.”

More than 14,000 people were registered to attend the scientific sessions and 120 countries were represented.

Dr. Robert Schneider Attends the Annual FDI World Federation Congress in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Robert Schneider, Department of Prosthodontics, and his wife, Mary Ann, recently attended the annual FDI World Dental Federation Congress, which was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dr. Schneider gave two invited lectures: “Aesthetic Issues with Dental Implants” and “Steps to Insure Success with Dental Implants.” He reported there were 23,000 registered dentists from more than 120 countries who attended the meeting.

Dr. Eva Dahl, Class of 1976, to Receive 2008 University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award

The University of Iowa Alumni Association has selected Dr. Eva Dahl, Class of 1976, as a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient for 2008.

Dr. Dahl was valedictorian of her dental class. She received her general practice residency certificate from the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics in 1977. She also received a certificate in oral pathology (1979); an MS in oral pathology (1982); and a certificate in endodontics (1982), all from Iowa.

She is a diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and a fellow of the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, and the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

Dr. Dahl has been president of the Wisconsin Dental Association (2006-2007); a member of the ADA Council on Education and Licensure (2003-2007); an ADA delegate (2004-2007); a dental college representative for the University of Iowa Alumni Association Board of Directors (1997-2004); and a board member of the UI Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Dr. Dahl will receive her award during a June 7, 2008, luncheon and awards ceremony.

Dr. Babatunde Bamgbose Wins University of Lagos Best Researcher of the Year Award

Dr. Babatunde O. Bamgbose, an OPRM resident, has won the University of Lagos (Nigeria) University Best Researcher of the Year Award for his outstanding research efforts. He is one of six faculty from the university who are receiving the award.

Dr. Bamgbose is a faculty member in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Lagos.

College of Dentistry Researchers Part of Cavity Research Project

Dr. Steven Levy, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, will be subcontract project director of a multi-site research consortium that has received more than $1 million from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

During the two-year project, several researchers from the University of Iowa and other institutions will study the genetic and environmental causes of cavities. The research will be part of the National Institute of Health's Genes, Environment and Health Initiative.

Investigators and staff from the College of Dentistry will include Dr. David Drake, Endodontics and Dows; Drs. Teresa Marshall and John Warren, Preventive and Community; Dr. Andrew Lidral, Orthodontics; Dr. James Wefel, Pediatric Dentistry and Dows; Dr. Julie Gilmore, Preventive and Community Dentistry; Barbara Broffitt, Preventive and Community Dentistry; Sally Santiago, Pediatrics, College of Medicine; and Dr. Marcia Willing, College of Medicine, who will also be a member of the UI research team.

The University of Iowa will receive $156,000 of the total grant funding. Other university participants in the research will include the Universities of Pittsburgh, Washington, Michigan, and California, San Francisco.

The overall director of the research project will be Dr. Mary Marazita, University of Pittsburgh.

Department of Periodontology Faculty Attend the 2007 AAP Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) was held in Washington, D.C., October 27-30, and was attended by several members of the Department of Periodontics, including Drs. Steve Clark, Ali Fakhry, Lewis Humbert, and Georgia Johnson. Dr. Ali Fakhry presented a lecture, “Reconstruction of the Alveolar Ridge Using a Novel Inlay/Onlay Bone Grafting Technique,” which highlighted site development for dental implant placement using autogenous bone. Dr. Fakhry’s lecture was well received and featured digital video of surgical procedures.

On October 27, Dr. Mike Franzman (Iowa DDS 2004; certificate in periodontics and MS oral sciences 2007) competed in the prestigious Balint Orban Research Competition and was awarded first place in the Basic Science division for his presentation, “Targeted Antimicrobial Activity of SMAP28 Conjugated to P. gingivalis antibodies.” His primary research mentor for this project was Dr. Kim Brogden, Department of Periodontics and Dows Institute for Dental Research.

At the opening ceremonies, Dr. Georgia Johnson, head, Periodontics, received a Special Citation Award recognizing her contributions to development of revisions in the accreditation standards for advanced education programs in periodontics. She chaired the AAP Task Forces to review these standards in 1999-2001 and 2004-2007.


Dr. David Holmes Inducted Into International College of Dentists

Dr. David Holmes, head, Department of Family Dentistry, was inducted into the International College of Dentists (ICD) during the organization's 77th convocation, which was held September 27-28 in San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Holmes was invited to join ICD after being nominated by Dr. Larry Huber, Department of Prosthodontics. He was escorted by Dr. Larry Squire, Department of Family Dentistry, who stood in for Dr. Huber.

Dr. Holmes was the only inductee from Iowa this year.

Dr. Ronald Ettinger is Guest Editor for September JADA Issue

Dr. Ronald Ettinger, professor, Department of Prosthodontics, was guest editor of the September 2007 special supplementary issue of JADA that addresses oral health in older adults. Dr. Ettinger, who is editor of the journal, Special Care in Dentistry, has written an overview for the issue entitled “Oral Health and Older Adults: Oral Health and the Aging Population.” He is also co-author on an article by Dr. Crispian Scully, "The influence of systemic diseases on health health care in older adults."

Dr. Clark Stanford, Department of Prosthodontics and Dows, also contributed an article to the special issue: “Dental implants: a role in geriatric dentistry for the general practice.”

The JADA supplement is one component of a three-year campaign titled “Oral Longevity” to address the oral health needs of older adults. The campaign has been made possible by a grant from GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSKCH), which has partnered with the American Dental Association (ADA) and the ADA Foundation to create educational resources and programs that focus on an aging population's special needs.


Abby Shannon (D4) and Joe Meng (Class of 2006) Receive ADA/DENTSPLY Awards

Abby Shannon (D4) and Dr. Joseph Meng, Class of 2006, both received awards at the 2007 ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Program, which was held September 29, 2007, in San Francisco.

Representing the UI College of Dentistry, Abby won an ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinical Research Program Award for her research, “In-Vitro Vertical Marginal Gap Comparison of CAD/CAM Zirconium Copings.”

Dr. Meng was presented the 2007 Henry M. Thornton/Scada Fellowship Award. He is a prosthodontics resident at Baylor University.

Fifty-two U.S. dental schools participated in the 2007 ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Program. The University of Iowa is one of nineteen U.S. dental schools that has sent a student clinician to participate in this program's inception or since the school opened.

The ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Program was conceived by Dr. Harold Hillenbrand, former executive director of the American Dental Association, and the late Mr. Henry M. Thornton, former chairman of DENTSPLY International, to stimulate dental students' interest in dental research.


Dr. Patricia Meredith Joins Other Iowa Dentists in Volunteering Free Oral Health Services to Low-Income Nebraskans

Dr. Patricia Meredith, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, was among six Iowa dentists who recently provided no-cost oral health services to low-income Nebraskans. Nebraska Mission of Mercy 2007, through the Nebraska Dental Association (NDA), opened a temporary dental clinic September 7-8 in Norfolk, Nebraska, to treat patients in need. This is the third year the NDA has opened a temporary clinic. In 2006, the temporary clinic was located in Grand Island, Nebraska; more than 1800 patients received care worth over $640,000.

An Iowa Mission of Mercy has been established through the Iowa Dental Association. There will be a two-day temporary clinic at the Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, Iowa, October 3-4, 2008. Organizers hope to offer free dental care to as many as 1,000 Iowans.

To learn more about the Iowa Mission of Mercy and to volunteer, go to


Dr. Steve Levy is Keynote Speaker at the Canadian Academy of Public Health Dentistry Meeting

Dr. Steve Levy, Preventive & Community Dentistry, was a keynote speaker at the Canadian Academy of Public Health Dentistry (CAPHD) meeting, which was held recently in Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Levy’s keynote scientific address was “An Update Concerning the American Dental Association Interim Guidance on Formula, Fluoridation and Dental Fluorosis.” Dr. Oitip Chankanka, PhD candidate in oral science, was co-author. Dr. Levy also presented “Possible Gender Differences in Dental Fluorosis by Fluoride Intake Levels” at the annual meeting of the European Caries Research Organization (ORCA), which was held in Helsingor, Denmark, in July. Co-authors included Barb Broffitt and Dr. John Warren, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, and Dr. Joseph Cavanaugh, UI Department of Biostatistics.