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Deborah Dawson

Dr. Deborah Dawson, director of Biostatistics and Research Design, has been awarded the Teaching of Statistics in the Health Sciences 2016 Joint Statistical Meeting Best Presentation Award. 

11/08/16

Dr. Deborah Dawson, director of Biostatistics and Research Design, has been awarded the Teaching of Statistics in the Health Sciences (TSHS) 2016 Joint Statistical Meeting (JSM) Best Presentation Award. Dr. Dawson received the award based on the JSM's session feedback ratings for her presentation, "Didactic Exercises for Teaching Meta-Analysis to Students in the Health Sciences," which she gave during the recent American Statistical Association's (ASM) meeting.

More than 6,000 people from 52 countries attended the ASM meeting, which was held in Chicago, Illinois.

Marshall Straub

Drs. Teresa Marshall, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, and Cheryl Straub-Morarend, Department of Family Dentistry, have received the ADA/AADR Evidence-Based Dentistry Faculty and Practice Award.

11/08/16

Drs. Teresa Marshall, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, and Cheryl Straub-Morarend, Department of Family Dentistry, were honored as evidence-based leaders by the American Dental Association (ADA) and American Association for Dental Research (AADR). The awards were given during an October 19 joint reception that followed the Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions Conference. 

This was the first time the ADA and AADR recognized a team (Marshall and Straub-Morarend) with the Evidence-Based Dentistry Faculty and Practice Award.

Dr. Marshall led a team that designed and implemented the College of Dentistry's evidence-based dentistry curriculum. Dr. Straub-Morarend and Dr. Marshall have worked as a team for over ten years developing evidence-based dentistry curricula, CE courses for dental professionals and researching evidence-based practice knowledge, perceptions and behavior. They have shared their efforts with peers through national presentations and peer-reviewed publications. 

Richard Burton

Dr. Richard Burton, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, has become president of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS).

10/17/16

Dr. Richard Burton, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, became the president of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) September 23, 2016. This one-year commitment represents the seventh out of eigh years of service with the ABOMS Board of Directors. The mission of ABOMS is to assure the public safety and optimal care through the development and maintenance of high standards of certification and re-certification of diplomates in the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Kirk Fridrich, DEO, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, notes that Dr. Burton should be congratulated "on this distinguished professional achievement and for representing the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and UIHC in such an exemplary manner."

Project SEALED

College of Dentistry’s Project SEALED video spotlighted on BTN’s LiveBIG during basketball games.

09/13/16

Project SEALED (Service, Engagement and LifeCareer Education in Dentistry) is a collaboration between the Waukon and Postville, Iowa, school systems and the UI College of Dentistry.

In 2012, the UI Provost's Office provided the initial grant for startup costs, transportation, equipment, and lodging -- and the outreach program has continued since that time. Drs. Dan Caplan and Michelle McQuistan, Preventive & Community Dentistry, direct and organize the program. Currently, all third-year dental students attend the two-day outreach activity in Waukon and Postville. Since the initiation of the program, more than 600 school children have received oral health screenings and dental cleanings from the dental students under the supervision of faculty from Preventive & Community Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry and Operative Dentistry.

Complete article available at:  http://btn.com/2016/03/17/btn-livebig-iowa-students-brighten-smiles-across-the-state/

Liu Hong

Dr. Liu Hong, Dental Research and Department of Prosthodontics, has received a two-year, $409,697 NIH grant for his research project, "A MicroRNA-based Approach for Bone Regeneration."

09/13/16

Dr. Liu Hong, Dental Research, and Department of Prosthodontics, has received a two-year, $409,697 NIH grant for his research project, "A MicroRNA-based Approach for Bone Regeneration."

This project will demonstrate the function mediated by a member of the microRNA-200 family to enhance osteogenic differentiation of human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells and bone formation. it will also establish a proof of concept in which this specific microRNA delivered by a non-viral vector can be used to develop a novel therapeutics for bone regeneration.

Dr. Hong is principal investigator for the research project. Drs. Aliasger Salem, Colleges of Pharmacy and Dentistry (joint appointed) and Brad A. Amendt, associate dean for research, are co-investigators. 

Susan McKernan

Dr. Susan McKernan, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, has been awarded a one-year, $174,999 Special Interests Projects grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

09/07/16

Dr. Susan McKernan, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, has been awarded a one-year, $174,999 Special Interests Projects grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for studies that will address oral health and cancer. Dr. McKernan will explore the integration of oral health and primary care. The CDC funding is channeled through the Prevention Research Center based in the College of Public Health. The researchers will conduct an environmental scan of what is currently occurring within state and local governmental and non-profit public health entities surrounding oral health and chronic disease prevention. They will also collect information about how oral health is being included in state and national efforts to reform the U.S. health care system. Examples of medical-dental integration will be identified and best practice approaches will be recommended. Results of the proposed activities will allow policymakers to maximize existing public health resources by addressing common risk factors for non-communicable diseases and oral disease based on evidence-based best practices. Recent national efforts to reform health care delivery provide an ideal opportunity for policymakers to advocate for the inclusion of oral health in these changes. 

Dr. McKernan will be principal investigator. Drs. Raymond Kuthy, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, is a co-principal investigator. Dr. Julie Reynolds, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, is a co-investigator. 

Arwa Owais

Dr. Arwa Owais, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, has been elected as North American Regional Councilor for the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Pediatric Oral Health Research Group.

09/07/16

Dr. Arwa Owais, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, has been elected as a North American Regional Councilor for the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Pediatric Oral Health Research Group. This is a very highly prestigious, competitive and sought-after position. She begins her term immediately.

Patricia Meredith

Dr. Patricia Meredith Receives the Mastership Award from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).

08/02/16

Dr. Patricia Meredith, Department of Operative Dentistry, received the Mastership Award from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) during their July meeting in Boston.

The Mastership Award is the AGD's highest honor and one of the most respected designations within the profession. To earn this award, Dr. Meredith completed more than 1,100 hours of dental continuing education. She joins more than 2,300 active AGD Masters who have gone above and beyond the basic requirements to care for their patients' oral health.

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of 41,000 general dentists who are dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public.

Isabelle Denry

Dr. Isabelle Denry, Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research, and Department of Prosthodontics received a two-year, $419,375 NIH grant.

07/18/16

Dr. Isabelle Denry, Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research, and Department of Prosthodontics received a two-year, $419,375 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for her research project, "Smart Release Antimicrobial Coatings for Dental Implants."

Dr. Denry is principal investigator. Drs. Amanda Haes, UI Chemistry Department; Jeffrey Banas, Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research, and Department of Pediatric Dentistry; and Julie Holloway, chair, Department of Prosthodontics, are co-investigators.

Astha Singhal

Dr. Astha Singhal receives the Aubrey Sheiham Award for Distinguished Award for Distinguished Research in Dental Public Health Services.

07/18/16

Dr. Astha Singhal received the Aubrey Sheiham Award for Distinguished Research in Dental Public Health Services. The award was announced during the International Association for Dental Research, Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Scientific Group meeting in Seoul, Republic of Korea. (Dr. Singhal was unable to attend the meeting.)

Dr. Singhal's award was for her article, "Eliminating Dental Emergency Visits and Associated Costs," which was published in the May 2015 issue of Health Affair. Co-authors included Dr. Dan Caplan, Chair, Preventive and Community Dentistry; Dr. Michael Jones, College of Public Health; Dr. Ray Kuthy, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry; Dr. Christopher Buresh, College of Medicine; Dr. Robert Isman, Medi-Cal Dental Services, Division of the California Department of Health Care Services; and Dr. Peter Damiano, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry.

Gustavo Avila-Ortiz

 Dr. Gustavo Avila-Ortiz, Department of Periodontics, has received a two-year, $107,586 Sunstar Americas grant. 

07/12/16

Dr. Gustavo Avila-Ortiz, Department of Periodontics, has been awarded a two-year, $107,586 grant from Sunstar Americas, Inc., for his research, "Prospective, Comparative Assessment of Alveolar Ridge Preservation Using Guidor Easy-Graft Class in Atraumatic Extraction Socket."

The primary objective of the study is to investigate linear and volumetric osseous changes at four months following ridge preservation by calculating horizontal and vertical bone changes via cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). The secondary objectives of the study are to evaluate new bone replacement/remaining graft residuals at re-entry (histomorphometric assessment), change in mesial and distal marginal bone loss on periapical radiographs from baseline to re-entry, and change in mesial and distal marginal bone loss on periapical radiographs from crown delivery up to six months and to twelve months after the crown delivery (follow-up observation).
 

Dr. Avila-Ortiz is the principal investigator. Dr. Kelsey Tengan, graduate fellow, Department of Periodontics, is co-investigator.

Azeez Butali

Dr. Azeez Butali has received a three-year, $597,645 Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust grant to develop a biorepository for research into oral health and disease.

06/20/16

Dr. Azeez Butali, Dental Research and Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, has received a three-year, $597,645 Roy C. Carver Charitable Trust grant to develop a biorepository for research into oral health and disease. The award will support the collection of 12,500 biological samples that include saliva, teeth, oral tissues, and dental and medical information from 10,000 individuals. The purpose of the biorepository is threefold:

1. To establish a biorepository that will combine biological materials, dental and medical records;

2. To establish a fully integrated medical, genetic and dental patient record to improve quality of care provided to the patients, as well as enhance broader quality research across the University of Iowa medical and dental facilities;

3. To make these data and biological materials available to researchers at the University of Iowa and collaborators in order to conduct ground-breaking research, to deliver personalized precision medicine and improve patients' health.

Dr. Butali is principal investigator. Drs. Arwa Owais, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, and Veersathpurush Allareddy, Department of Orthodontics are co-principal investigators.

Isabelle Denry

 Dr. Isabelle Denry, Dental Research and Department of Prosthodontics, has received a two-year, $418,907 NIH grant.

 

04/15/16

Dr. Isabelle Denry, Dental Research and Department of Prosthodontics, has received a two-year, $418,907 NIH grant for her research project, "Synergistic Phase Combination for High Strength Ultrafine-Grained Bioceramics." Dr. Julie Holloway, chair of the Department of Prosthodontics, is a co-investigator. 

With the aging population and longer life expectancy, the total number of hip and knee arthroplasty revision procedures is expected to exceed 67,000 and 120,000 per year by 2020, with an estimated health care cost of $2.2 billion per year. Ceramic surfaces are attractive for both orthopedic and dental applications because of low wear rates but they are brittle and susceptible to catastrophic failure.

Drs. Denry and Holloway propose to develop a novel zirconia/nanospinel bioceramic realizing a synergistic phase combination for high reliability and strength and low abrasiveness, while longer life performance will reduce costs associated with revision surgeries and replacement of single or large-span dental restorations.

Shaun O'Neill

Shaun O'Neill (D3) was elected as one of eleven trustees to the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) national board. 

03/31/16

Shaun O'Neill (D3) was elected as one of the eleven trustees to the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) national board. He also received the Delegate of the Year as well as the first ever ASDA Citation Award, which recognizes unparalleled leadership and service to the organization and profession. He will serve the constituents of his district and as chair of the district caucus.

Shaun received the Citation Award and ASDA board trusteeship during the recent ASDA meeting in Dallas, Texas.

Andrew Richter

Andrew Richter, a second-year dental student, has received the American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation Scholarship.

03/31/16

Andrew Richter, a second-year dental student, has received a scholarship from the American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation. He was nominated for the scholarship by the UI College of Dentistry.

The ADA Foundation Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarship helps facilitate the education of academically gifted predoctoral dental students and also defrays a part of their professional education expenses.

College of Dentistry

The College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics has received the Iowa Primary Care Association (Iowa PCA) 2016 Underserved Champions Award.

03/08/16

The Iowa Primary Care Association (Iowa PCA) recognized the College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics for its work in improving the access to oral health care for underserved Iowans. The college was honored with the 2016 Underserved Champion Award during a February 24 reception in Des Moines.

The College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics has provided oral health service to the state of Iowa for 133 years. Current collegiate outreach programs include addressing the needs of children, seniors, patients with special needs, and others.

"We are honored to receive this milestone award from the Iowa Primary Care Association," Dean David Johnsen said, "and proud of our efforts to not only deliver care to the underserved but to instill in the minds of our students the responsiblity to reach out to those less fortunate. Our partnership with the growing network of public dental programs in Iowa means that more children, people with special needs, and elderly will get oral care to improve their general health."

The Iowa PCA is a non-profit membership association comprised of FQHCs and other safety net providers in the state. Iowa PCA provides technical assistance to the state's 13 community health centers and one migrant health program. The Iowa PCA's mission is to provide leadership by promoting, supporting, and developing quality health care for underserved populations in Iowa. 

Brad A. Amendt

Brad A. Amendt, associate dean for research at the College of Dentistry, has been named Dentistry Centennial Professor of Research.

02/19/16

Brad A. Amendt, associate dean for research at the College of Dentistry, has been named Dentistry Centennial Professor of Research. He was conferred the five-year appointment during the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Iowa Section of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR), which was held February 16.

Dr. Amendt's research focuses on understanding the role of transcription factors and signaling pathways in tooth and craniofacial development. His lab studies the expression and regulation of transcription factor genes and signaling processes involved in craniofacial/tooth development; the molecular basis of selected human genetic disorders; and the role of stem cells and microRNAs in regulating craniofacial and regenerative medicine.

Dr. Amendt is know internationally as one of the world's leading authorities on micro-RNA research and cell plasticity.

Dr. Clark Stanford, former associate dean for research, was the first to be named Dentistry Centennial Professor of Clinical Research. He held the professorship from 2001-2014 before accepting the deanship of the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry.

Geriatric Mobile Dental Unit

The College of Dentistry's Geriatric Mobile Dental Unit was recently featured in Iowa Now.

02/19/16

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry's Geriatric Mobile Dental Unit (GMU) was recently featured in Iowa Now. The GMU is an extramural program that was established in 1979. It provides senior dental students with a hands-on clinical experience using a comprehensive care philosophy for geriatric residents in nursing homes and the homebound. The GMU travels to 10 area nursing homes as well as to homebound hospice patients and elderly adults. More than 500 patients benefit from the GMU's visits every year. Dental care for this population is particularly important because oral conditions can affect many other body systems, which can create problems for not only the patients but for their caretakers as well. 

The GMU is designed to provide care where nursing home residents need it -- at the facility or even at the bedside. The group transports all of the equipment needed to provide its patients with comprehensive care, including denture work, cleaning, extractions, crowns, fillings, and endodontics.

Satheesh Elangovan

Dr. Satheesh Elangovan, Department of Periodontics, has been appointed as an assistant editor of Newman and Carranza's Clinical Periodontology.

02/12/16

Dr. Satheesh Elangovan, Department of Periodontics, has been appointed as an assistant editor of Newman and Carranza's Clinical Periodontology (13th ed.) planned for a 2018 release by Elsevier. This textbook is the most popular resource utilized nationally and internationally in predoctoral periodontal education and is the recommended text for the UI College of Dentistry's dental students. In addition to traditional didactic information, the digital format of the text contains videos of procedures, animations, downloadable images, and PowerPoint presentations. Dr. Elangovan is also the editor for the Elsevier online resource center, Essentials in Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry (http://www.essentialsindentistry.com/) and associate editor for Trends in Clinical Periodontology​ and Implant Dentistry (http://www.trendsperioimplantresourcecenter.com/), which aims to provide dental, graduate and practicing dentists with up-to-date evidence-based clinically relevant information.

Gustavo Avila-Ortiz

Dr. Gustavo Avila-Ortiz, Department of Periodontics, has been elected as a member of the Osteology Expert Council by the Osteology Foundation.

02/12/16

Dr. Gustavo Avila-Ortiz, Department of Periodontics, has been elected as a member of the Osteology Expert Council by the Osteology Foundation. He has played an important role in the publication of Osteology Guidelines for Oral & Maxillofacial Regeneration and the development of the Osteology online community platform, which will be launched this spring. The Osteology Expert Council was established in 2010 in order to expand the Osteology Foundation's international network of collaboration. The Osteology Foundation promotes partnerships between universities and industry in research and education on oral tissue regeneration with the goal of bridging the gap between scientific advances and clinical practice.

Azeez Butali

Dr. Azeez Butali, Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research, and Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, has received a one-year, $249,000 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant.

02/12/16

Dr. Azeez Butali, Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research, and Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine, has received a one-year, $249,000 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for his research, "Genetic Studies of Nonsyndromic Clefts in Populations of African Descent." The focus of his study 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. Specifically, this study will focus on genome-wide association studies (common variant association studies and rare variant association studies (RVAS) of non-syndromic clefts using homogenous samples from Africa).  Dr. Butali is the principal investigator.

In addition to this award, he also received an X01 NIH grant. Through the X01 award, the Center for Inherited Disease Research (CIDR) at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, genotyped 2.2. million single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) on approximately 3,500 samples from Africa. The cost of this genotyping was paid by NIH directly to the CIDR.

College of Dentistry

The College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics will be presented with the 2016 Underserved Champion Award by the Iowa Primary Care Association (Iowa PCA).

01/12/16

The College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics will be presented with the 2016 Underserved Champion Award by the Iowa Primary Care Association (Iowa PCA), which acknowledges commitment to providing access to quality, affordable health care for all Iowans.

The College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics has provided oral health services to the state of Iowa for 133 years. Current collegiate outreach programs include addressing the needs of children, seniors, patients with special needs, and others.

Mr. Ted Boesen, CEO of the Iowa PCA, acknowledged the importance of the College's collaboration with their organization and with state Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), also known as community health centers, in serving Iowans: "The FQHCs in Iowa and the patients they serve, have benefited greatly from our collaboration with the UI College of Dentistry through patient care provided by the College, involvement with the Iowa Mission of Mercy, the placement of UI graduates at FQHCs, as well as the clinical and research expertise the UI has provided over the years."

"We are honored to receive this milestone award from the Iowa Primary Care Association," Dean Johnsen said, "and proud of our efforts to not only deliver care to the underserved but to instill in the minds of our students the responsibility to reach out to those less fortunate. Our partnership with the growing network of public dental programs in Iowa means that more children, special needs, and geriatric people will get oral care to improve their general health."

The award will be presented in February during a reception at the Iowa Primary Care Association's office in Urbandale.

The Iowa PCA is a non-profit membership association comprised of FQHCs and other safety net providers in the state. Iowa PCA provides technical assistance to the state's 13 community health centers and one migrant health program. The Iowa PCA's mission is to provide leadership by promoting, supporting, and developing quality health care for underserved populations in Iowa.