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Office of the Dean Department of Orthodontics
Center for Molecular Biology of Oral Diseases Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Department of Endodontics Department of Periodontics
Department of Oral Biology Department of Restorative Dentistry
Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery International Dentist Degree Program
Department of Oral Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences Research

 

Office of the Dean

Annual Fund Dean's Fund for Excellence (331331)

The Dean's Fund for Excellence, supported by the Annual Fund, was established to meet those expenses not covered by state funds as well as to provide financial support for other unique faculty and student needs, including the purchase of research/laboratory equipment and the development of new courses and programs. The Dean's Fund for Excellence also assists in the production of the alumni magazine, Vision, and provides financial support in hosting the UIC Dental Alumni Association sponsored programs and other alumni-related activities.

Group Practice Clinic Renovation Fund (335802)

The College’s present clinical operatories are more than 35 years old and lack the new technology that can be found in today’s dental practice. In order to transform the dental curriculum from the old lecture and solo practitioner model to today’s research-based collaborative model, the College is committed to renovating each of the operatories in our Group Practice Clinics.

Each operatory will be state-of-the-art and will include a new dental chair and other equipment, cabinetry, and a chair-side computer. The computer technology will link the dental student to AxiUm, the College’s patient records system, and also will allow the benefit of digital radiography.

Six Group Practice Clinics will be renovated and re-equipped at a cost of $600,000 per clinic. Opportunities are available to name a Group Practice Clinic as well as individual operatories at $25,000 each.

Undergraduate Clinics Fund (335519)

The College now provides earlier clinical learning for dental students in Group Practice Clinics within the College, to make the transition to private practice seamless and to prepare students for increased independence in community–based clinics during their senior year of dental school. The Undergraduate Clinics Fund is used to support guest speakers, business meetings, and other informational and training sessions.

Dentistry Service Learning Fund (334791)

Fourth-year DDS students from the UIC College of Dentistry spend 60 or more days providing oral healthcare to underserved patients in community clinics in Northern Illinois, Colorado, and Guatemala, gaining increased independence and familiarity with diverse patient bases. The Service Learning Fund covers expenses associated with these clinic rotations.

Moneim A. Zaki Curriculum Innovation Fund (335872)

The Moneim A. Zaki Curriculum Innovation Fund enhances programmatic efforts by the Director of Curriculum Development to improve the curriculum and to develop faculty teaching skills. Funds support faculty development events and the purchase of teaching resources including software and multimedia equipment, books, and supplies. The fund recognizes the outstanding contributions of Dr. Moneim A. Zaki, longtime Professor of Oral Biology, to the education of dental students and the advance of dental education at UIC and internationally.

Dr. Bruce S. Graham and Linda M. Graham Scholarship Fund (773981)

Named for longtime Dean of the UIC College of Dentistry Dr. Bruce S. Graham, and his wife, Linda, the Graham Scholarship is provided to a student with financial need who has shown growth and improvement in academic achievement. Dr. Graham served as Dean from 2000 to 2013 and led the College as it engaged in clinical education innovation, created a community-based service learning program, increased research its activities, initiated the DMD degree program, and strengthened its commitment to diversity.

Scholarships and Awards Fund (775056)

Scholarships and special awards recognize the commitment, dedication, and excellence of the College’s hardworking students. With DDS students graduating with an average of $150,000 in debt from their dental school education, scholarships and awards are more vital than ever in allowing the College’s New Dentists for America to obtain funding for their education.

Student Activities Fund (331329)

From donations to the Student Activities Fund, the College is able to increase student involvement in organized dentistry, dental education activities, and community assistance initiatives. Contributions to the Student Activities Fund allow dental students to represent UIC at a number of various organized dentistry meetings including the ADA Annual Meeting, the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, and the American Dental Education Association Annual Meeting. Funding also provides for students to participate in table clinics, and become involved in community outreach programs.

Earl W. and Hilda F. Renfroe Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund (770131)

Named for Dr. Earl Renfroe, DDS '31, MS Ortho '42, and his wife, Hilda, this fund provides scholarship support to needy minority students. Dr. Renfroe was the first African-American department head at the College.

Rice Family Loan Fund (558426)

Rice Family Loan Fund Named for longtime Associate Dean for Student Affairs Dr. Donald Rice, DDS '59, the Rice Family Loan Fund provides low-interest loans to the College's students who are struggling to meet the demands of rising tuition and fees, as well as cost-of-living expenses.

Allen W. Anderson Memorial Fund (771033)

Allen W. Anderson Memorial Fund Named for the late Dean Allen W. Anderson, DDS ’64, MS ’66, the fund provides financial support to College faculty members.

Kottemann Gallery of Dentistry (332133)

Kottemann Gallery of Dentistry chronicles the innovative research and accomplishments of the College's faculty and students, which have had international impact on dentistry. Located on the fifth floor of the College, the Kottemann Gallery displays graphics, text, and approximately 200 artifacts of dental equipment and instruments. The Kottemann Gallery of Dentistry is named for Dr. George Kottemann, a 1955 alumnus of the College of Dentistry, and his wife, Norma, who are major donors for the exhibit.

Thaddeus V. Weclew Endowment Fund (773803)

Named for the late Dr. Thaddeus V. Weclew, one of the founders of the Academy of General Dentistry and the Academy of Continuing Education and a faculty member at the UIC College of Dentistry for 32 years, the Weclew Fund supports the annual Weclew Lecture, a Continuing Education offering at the College.

 

Center for Molecular Biology of Oral Diseases

Center for Molecular Biology of Oral Diseases Unrestricted Fund (332863)

The Center for Molecular Biology of Oral Diseases was founded in 1980 as a multidisciplinary unit devoted to understanding basic pathobiological mechanisms. The Center has a broad research mandate as a campus-wide facility focusing on molecular biological approaches, including the molecular biology of cancer, the molecular basis of hematology, immunobiology and the inflammatory response, and mechanisms of host-microbial interaction.

The concept of the Center is that of an interdisciplinary unit without walls. Center faculty work within the geographical confines of the Center on the fifth floor of the College of Dentistry building, while others stay within their departmental space, using the Center as a resource for intellectual stimulation and collaboration.

More than 28 faculty researchers are active in Center-related projects. Over more than two decades the Center has developed a number of successful national and international programs for young scientists and visiting scholars and has supported graduate students, medical and dental students, undergraduates, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting professors.

For more information, contact Dr. Srilata Bagchi, director at (312) 413-0683.

 

Department of Endodontics

Department of Endodontics Postgraduate Clinic Renovation Fund (336646)

The current Department of Endodontics Clinic is almost 30 years old and was not designed to support contemporary endodontic practice. Donations to the Department of Endodontics Postgraduate Clinic Renovation Fund will raise the $2 million needed to build a state-of-the-art clinic. The new Postgraduate Endodontic Clinic will consist of 13 operatories measuring ten feet by ten feet, and one larger surgical suite measuring ten by 16 feet. Each of the operatories will feature new chairs and cabinetry, a surgical microscope, digital radiography, overhead lighting, x-ray capability, and documentation capability for all procedures.

Naming opportunities exist for all 13 of the operatories, the surgical suite, and the clinical support staff and equipment staging area. Both individual and class gifts are encouraged and will help the Department of Endodontics reach its goal of raising $2 million to create the clinic. You can add your name to the Honor Roll of Donors with a gift of $10,000 or more today!

For more information on how you can make a gift that will impact the Department of Endodontics Postgraduate Clinic Renovation Fund, please contact either Mark J. Valentino at (312) 413-7702 or Bruno Mancari at (312) 413-3554.

Learn more about new Department of Endodontics educational and fundraising initiatives.

See a diagram of the Endodontic Surgical Suite and list of benefactors.

Charles G. Maurice Fund (332349)

In a teaching career that spanned 37 years at the College, Dr. Charles G. Maurice established the Department of Endodontics, becoming its first head in the 1960s. This was not his first pioneering effort in endodontics, however, as he was one of the founders of the American Association of Endodontists in 1943. The Maurice Fund supports general Department of Endodontics needs and the annual Charles G. Maurice Memorial Lecture in Endodontics.

Nijole Remeikis Endowed Professorship (773313)

Dr. Nijole Remeikis, '59, spent 40 years teaching in the Department of Endodontics, the last 20 as department head. The endowment promotes faculty and student scholarship within the Department of Endodontics through research, integration and application of new knowledge, and innovation in teaching; allows the Department of Endodontics to remain a leader in the translation of basic science research to clinical practice; supports faculty development and continuing education; and increases the visibility and reputation of the Department of Endodontics.

 

Department of Oral Biology

James H. Fuller Scholarship Fund (772165)

The late Dr. James H. Fuller was an Associate Professor of Oral Biology, a neurophysiologist, a member of the University of Illinois Medical School faculty, and a veterinarian. His main research interest was the motor control of eye, head, and neck movements in mammals. The Fuller Fund is used to further communication among researchers in organismal biology by providing funds to reimburse graduate students for travel to and lodging at national and international scientific meetings and conferences at which the awardees will present their research.

Du Brul Scholars Fund (773041)

The Du Brul Scholars Fund was established by a bequest by the late Florence Kirsch Du Brul, a longtime friend of the College of Dentistry and wife of the late Dr. E. Lloyd Du Brul, who served on the College faculty for 50 years. The fund supports the College’s joint DMD/PhD program. Along with their DMD degrees, students earn a PhD in Oral Sciences. The program is geared toward individuals who want to be faculty and researchers in oral health science centers such as dental schools. Training concentrates on bench research, presentation skills, writing skills, and other activities related to research.

Histology Alumni and Friends Fund (331886)

This fund supports research and graduate study in histology and related oral sciences, as well as graduate student recruiting.

 

Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic Renovation Fund (333082)

The first two phases of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery's Clinic renovation are complete, creating a modern, state-of-the-art Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical facility occupying approximately two-thirds of the department's clinical space. However, there are several out-dated operatories, as well as a sterilization area, and old equipment that still need to be replaced or upgraded. The third, and final, phase of the renovation project includes modernization and enlargement of the sterilization area, and conversion of four small, older operatories and ancillary space, into new state-of-the-art operatories, with two fully-equipped outpatient surgical suites for the provision of major ambulatory Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This will require that each of these operatories include new operative chairs, anesthesia machines, patient monitoring equipment, overhead parabolic surgical lighting, laminar flow ventilation, as well as updated, more efficient modes of delivery for nitrous oxide, oxygen, and nitrogen. New cabinetry will be configured to maximize storage space, within the confines of the available space. This OMFS Clinic renovation project will complete the overall department's renovation, and bring the clinical facilities up to, and beyond, the current standard of practice of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Unrestricted Fund (333086)

This fund supports Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery postgrads’ travel to academic meetings, the purchase of academic journals, outside speakers coming to lecture Oral Surgery postgrads, and various special projects and needs vital to making the UIC College of Dentistry’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery the very best.

 

Department of Oral Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences

Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences Unrestricted Fund (335088)

For DMD students and postgrads who have an interest in Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, this fund supports their travel to academic meetings, the purchase of academic journals, outside speakers coming to lecture on Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, expenses related to faculty and students’ oral cancer research, and various special projects and needs vital to making the UIC College of Dentistry Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences the very best.

 

Dr. Waterhouse Various Donors Fund (334512)

Named for the late College of Dentistry faculty member, Dr. John P. Waterhouse, the fund supports research and education in the College’s Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences.

 

Department of Orthodontics

Department of Orthodontics Unrestricted Fund (333011)

This fund supports Orthodontics postgrads’ travel to academic meetings, the purchase of academic journals, outside speakers coming to lecture Orthodontics postgrads, and various special projects and needs vital to making the UIC College of Dentistry’s Department of Orthodontics the very best.

Brodie Institute for Orthodontics Unrestricted Fund (330659)

One of the last two students that Dr. Edward Angle, the “father of orthodontics,” ever taught, Dr. Allan G. Brodie, orthodontics department chair from 1929 to 1966 and dean from 1943 to 1956, set the standard for orthodontic expertise through much of the 20th century. The Brodie Institute's mission is to put the Department of Orthodontics at the forefront of research, teaching, patient care and service to the profession as a think tank that is akin to a combination Mayo Clinic and National Institutes of Health of orthodontics.

Drs. Bernard Schneider/Cyril Sadowsky Faculty Fund (773418)

Named for longtime Department of Orthodontics faculty members Dr. Bernard Schneider and Dr. Cyril Sadowsky, the fund provides the wherewithal for direct enhancement of orthodontic specialty education at the College.

Dr. Earl W. Renfroe Chair in Clinical Orthodontics (773362)

The late Dr. Earl W. Renfroe, DDS '31, MS ortho '42, who taught at the College from the 1930s through the 1980s, was considered the finest clinical orthodontist in the world. The Dr. Earl W. Renfroe Chair in Clinical Orthodontics will allow the College to obtain the services of a world-class clinical orthodontist in the mold of Dr. Renfroe.

William Benham Downs Fund (333090)

Dr. William Benham Downs was one of the finest clinicians ever to grace the College. He was highly respected around the world, and the alumni who had the good fortune to have had him as an orthodontics teacher know that honesty, integrity, ability, dedication, and modesty exemplified Bill Downs. The fund currently is being used to support visits of lecturers in the department’s Orthodontic Forum series.

 

Department of Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry Clinic Renovation Fund (330973)

With facilities more than 35-years-old, the Department of Pediatric Dentistry has plans for a remodeled 24-chair Postgraduate Clinic. The need for new and redesigned facilities is crucial not only to meet modern HIPPA standards but also for patient privacy and to allow parents to accompany children in an effort to make the children feel safer and calmer.

A reconfigured Postgraduate Clinic would include room for clinical research on oral health disparities and other pediatric dentistry research issues. A new design is necessary to duplicate private practices, which will allow each resident to manage a multiple-chair module system.

An antiquated ventilation system and lighting must be replaced. Larger Sedation Rooms are needed, as is a Monitoring/Recovery Room with modern comforts and technology. The Emergency Room was not designed for the current volume of cases, and new crash carts are needed for emergency resuscitation equipment and pharmaceuticals. A redesigned Infant and Adolescent Emergency Care Unit will allow for triage and more efficient handling of emergencies. A resource Seminar Room will cluster pre-diagnostic and diagnostic technology, including digital cephalometric x-rays. A remodeled Reception Room will feature glass walls to contain children and a welcoming design with electronics and toys to keep children occupied.

Desks for the residents are more than 20 years old, so modern desks with new computers are required.

The Postgraduate Clinic will need private support of $1.5 million. Naming opportunities are the Emergency Care Unit, $100,000; Reception Room, $100,000; Seminar Room, $50,000; two Sedation Rooms at $35,000 each; Monitoring/Recovery Room at $35,000; 24 new operatories at $25,000 each; and 14 new desks with computers at $5,000 each.

Pediatric Dentistry Unrestricted Fund (330542)

The Pediatric Dentistry Unrestricted Fund helps the department graduate outstanding pediatric dentists, and these funds are essential to support the College’s top-level pediatric dentistry teaching, research, and public service. The Pediatric Dentistry Unrestricted Fund provides funds for residents and faculty to attend local and national dental and research meetings; helps residents with their Board prep courses; pays for surveys; provides stipends to outside guest speakers; and funds special events–even those as basic as resident interviews and our graduation ceremony.

Gerlach-Barber Recognition Fund (331775)

Named the first superintendent of the College's Children's Clinic in 1927, Dr. Elsie Gerlach stayed for 38 years and became nationally known and respected as a pioneer in the teaching and development of pediatric dentistry. Dr. Tom Barber, a faculty member from 1950 to 1969, was one of the first pediatric dentistry researchers and teachers to address preventive orthodontics and was the first to introduce tape-slide presentations in dental technique training. He and Dr. Earl Renfroe wrote a seminal artical on preventive and interceptive orthodontics in 1957. The fund helps meet general needs of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.

Childrens’ Associated Care Fund (332789)

The UIC College of Dentistry provides approximately $2 million in uncompensated oral healthcare to indigent and underserved people, most of them children. This fund helps defray some of the costs to the Department of Pediatric Dentistry for treating indigent and underserved children.

 

Department of Periodontics

Periodontic Clinic Renovation Fund (336361)

A new postgraduate Periodontic Clinic will allow the Department of Periodontics to recruit the best and brightest students. Plans call for the construction of two new surgical suites and 14 new operatories. Other renovations include the construction of a private consultation room.

Bennett Klavan Fund (772452)

The Bennett Klavan Fund supports a visiting lectureship program and other key initiatives within the Department of Periodontics, such as supporting education in periodontology and helping to meet the needs of postdoctoral students, faculty, and alumni, advancing the science of periodontology and the oral health of the public.

Dr. Isaac Schour Memorial Dentistry Student Research Awards (335354)

The Dr. Isaac Schour Memorial Dentistry Student Research Award is in the Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration. It will be used to stimulate student interest in research, giving students an opportunity to work creatively, develop excellence, and be inspired by researchers with whom they will work.

 

Department of Restorative Dentistry

Restorative Dentistry Unrestricted Fund (333555)

For DDS students and postgrads who have an interest in Restorative Dentistry, this fund supports their travel to academic meetings, the purchase of academic journals, outside speakers coming to lecture on Restorative Dentistry, and various special projects and needs vital to making the UIC College of Dentistry’s Department of Restorative Dentistry the very best.

Restorative and Advanced Prosthodontics Clinic Renovation Fund (337408)

With older facilities that need to be replaced, the Department of Restorative Dentistry has plans for a new 18-chair Advanced Prosthodontics Clinic and remodeled laboratories.

The Advanced Prosthodontics Clinic was last remodeled in the early 1990s. It features 12 chairs located in close, cramped proximity to each other–an unfriendly, stress-inducing environment for patients. Remodeling will result in 18 chairs placed to meet modern HIPPA standards for patient privacy and to provide room to allow collaborative consultation between faculty, residents, and dental students that will mirror modern collaborative dental practice. Modern technology is required for the Advanced Prosthodontics Clinic, as CAD/CAM (computerized design) units and digital imaging equipment allowing rapid scanning for diagnostic purposes have become standard in modern prosthodontic practice.

Laboratory areas are more than 30 years old, lack proper equipment, are not configured to modern federal regulations and requirements, and must be remodeled as well. With the College’s emphasis on research as an integral part of the curriculum, there must be laboratory space for every resident.

Dr. S. Sol Flores & Mrs. Cecelia T. Flores Clinical Prosthodontics Laboratory (332805)

Dr. S. Sol “Sam” Flores, Clinical Professor of Restorative Dentistry, has been on the faculty since the late 1940s. During World War II, Dr. Flores saw action in the Far East and survived the Bataan Death March while Mrs. Flores was a U.S. Army nurse. Dr. Flores was the first Filipino faculty member at the University of Illinois. The fund keeps the Flores Clinical Prosthodontics Laboratory, where students make dental appliances and other restorations, in state-of-the-art working order and updated with the latest equipment.

 

International Dentist Degree Program

International Dentists Program Unrestricted Fund (333626)

For DDS students and postgrads who have an interest in Restorative Dentistry, this fund supports their travel to academic meetings, the purchase of academic journals, outside speakers coming to lecture on Restorative Dentistry, and various special projects and needs vital to making the UIC College of Dentistry’s Department of Restorative Dentistry the very best.

 

Research

Dentistry Summer Student Research Award Fund (340345)

The Dentistry Summer Student Research Award Fund supports dental students who may have an interest in research, providing stipends the summer before their D-1 year. It provides students with the research experience that will help them in their decision to become research scientists, faculty, or practicing dentists with an increased understanding of science. To learn more, click here.

Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration Fund (335098)

New research suggests that scientists might soon find improved ways to assist humans in regenerating lost tissue, including skin, mucosa, bone, teeth, organs, digits, and even limbs. The Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration is a unique community of more than 50 scientists and clinicians devoted the study of injury responses and tissue regeneration. Gifts to this fund will be used to support our multidisciplinary research team as we learn more about the body's reaction to damage, its repair process, and the elements that are needed to fully regenerate missing tissues. The ultimate goal of Center research efforts is to implement innovative therapeutic strategies to improve patient outcomes when tissues are lost due to trauma or disease.