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Dr. Evans receiving honorary degree
Dr. Evans Awarded Honorary Degree from Franklin & Marshall
Posted on 7/8/2014

Franklin & Marshall College of Lancaster, PA, recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree to Dr. Caswell Evans, the College of Dentistry’s Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences Dr. Evans earned his BA in English from Franklin & Marshall in 1965.

Dr. Daniel R. Porterfield, President of Franklin & Marshall, told Dr. Evans that the institution wanted “to honor you for your work as a strong and effective advocate for health promotion and disease prevention and your deep commitment to health equity and eliminating health disparities.”

Prior to joining the College faculty in 2004, Dr. Evans served as Executive Editor and Project Director of the U.S. Surgeon General’s landmark 2000 report on the state of the nation’s oral health, Oral Health in America. Through that report, Dr. Evans popularized the term “silent epidemic” to describe the lack of oral healthcare for minorities and the poor.

At the College, the Division of Prevention and Public Health Sciences plans and executes the College’s community-based clinical and non-clinical extramural experiences and public health coursework. In the community-based Extramural Education Program, fourth-year students participate in service-learning experiences in community-based clinics, providing care for underserved urban, rural, and special needs populations.

Dr. Evans noted that, “To be honored in this way based on my work in, and contribution to, improving population health was a thrill and quite special.”

Dr. Doubleday receiving Jon Daniel Teaching Award
Dr. Doubleday receives Jon Daniel Teaching Award
Posted on 7/3/2014

Congratulations to Dr. Alison Doubleday on receiving the 2014 Jon Daniel Teaching Award. This award confers upon her the distinction as a Jon Daniel Teaching Scholar.

Dr. Doubleday’s vision, organizational skills, and important work in designing and implementing the new curriculum were all cited as impetus for her nomination. Noted for her dedication to revitalizing the anatomy curriculum, Dr. Doubleday was instrumental in developing many new teaching tools including SoftChalk, use of iPads and videos in anatomy lab. Dr. Doubleday’s commitment to the COD’s academic mission and availability to both students and colleagues make her an outstanding choice for this award. Dr. Doubleday acknowledges that,"learning is a complex process and students approach this process differently. In order to give students the help they need, it's not enough for a teacher to be a content expert, teachers must be patient, creative and supportive."

The Daniel Award was established in 2010 in memory of longtime Oral Biology faculty member Dr. Jon Daniel, to honor instructors making exemplary contributions to UIC dental students education. The award honors many of Dr. Daniels' qualities, including, the ability to engage students' interest and curiosity, to motivate and challenge students and to respond to student needs. Dr. Daniel passed away in 2009.

Dr. Bradford Johnson
Dr. Johnson to head the Department of Endodontics.
Posted on 7/23/2014

Dr. Bradford Johnson received his DDS degree from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia. After completing a general practice residency and practicing general dentistry for several years, he earned his specialty certificate in endodontic at the UIC College of Dentistry. He began his teaching career in the Department of Endodontics in 1991 and became Director of Postdoctoral Endodontics in 2005. He has a Master of Health Professions Education degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and was a Fellow of the American Dental Education Association Leadership Institute in 2005-2006. Dr. Johnson is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.

Dr. Johnson has published over 70 articles and abstracts and is coauthor of five textbook chapters. His primary research interests include: clinical decision making, dental education, clinical outcomes research, and tissue regeneration.

Additionally, Dr. Johnson is a site visit consultant for the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has served on the National Board Dental Exam Test Construction Committee, Part 2, both the Endodontics specialty committee and Component B case-based committee.

Currently Dr. Johnson serves on the Scientific Advisory and Manuscript Review Panel of the Journal of Endodontics and has served on the AAE Research and Scientific Affairs Committee, Continuing Education Committee, Evidence Based Endodontics Committee, and various AAE ad hoc committees. He is past president of the Illinois Association of Endodontists and Edgar D Coolidge Endodontic Study Club. In May 2015, he will begin a 3-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Endodontists.

Faculty Honored for Teaching Excellence
Posted on 7/22/2014

Dr. Alison Doubleday, Assistant Professor, Oral Biology, and Dr. Fatemeh Afshari, Clinical Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry were selected to receive the 2013-14 Teaching Recognition Awards by peers through UIC’s Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).

Thirty-two people applied for this year’s award. Recipients are selected by a CETL subcommittee of nine previous UIC faculty award recipients considers candidate statements, student feedback, peer reviews, course materials, mentoring of students, curriculum development, and implementation of new pedagogies and methods. The council was impressed with Dr. Doubleday’s and Dr. Afshari’s range of teaching activities and program development.

“The fact that this is a peer-reviewed award means a great deal to me,” Dr. Doubleday said. “There are many exceptional teachers at UIC and I’m flattered and humbled that my teaching is recognized in this way by other UIC faculty. I am passionate about teaching, and I believe the first priority and responsibility for all faculty members at educational institutions is to help guide and facilitate the learning process for students. Through our teaching, we can instill curiosity about the world, as well as a desire to make connections across disciplines. In doing so, we provide students with the means to become life-long learners and we set them up for success in any field.”

“It’s in our nature to always better ourselves and strive for the best no matter what we do,” Dr. Afshari said. “This is what I expect from my students—and myself.” Asking oneself “why” is crucial to learning, Dr. Afshari explained. “My philosophy has been to pursue my students to learn by asking this simple question and, in turn, seeking the answer via an evidence-based, self-directed quest. My philosophy coincides with the school’s mission of encouraging learners to become active participants in their own learning experience.”

“For me, awards like this reaffirm the importance that UIC places on student learning,” Dr. Doubleday said. “By recognizing and supporting the efforts of teachers, UIC is investing in student learning. Awards like this also encourage faculty members to try new teaching methodologies.”

“It’s nice to be recognized for the work we do as faculty on a daily basis and to be appreciated for our efforts,” Dr. Afshari. “These awards also assist the College of Dentistry in being recognized within the UIC campus.”

Dr. Afshari and Dr. Doubleday thanked colleagues and students who wrote letters of recommendation, faculty who have inspired them in their careers, and CETL.

Dr. Fatemeh Afshari, Clinical Assistant Professor, and Dr. Cortino Sukotjo and Dr. Judy Yuan, Assistant Professors, Restorative Dentistry.
Study Correlates Patient Diagnoses with Implant Therapy Outcomes
Posted on 7/15/2014

The COD’s Wach Research Grant Program Committee awarded the Department of Restorative Dentistry $15,000 to examine the “Correlation between diagnostic complexity and treatment outcomes: a prospective study.” Co-investigators are Dr. Fatemeh Afshari, Clinical Assistant Professor, and Dr. Cortino Sukotjo and Dr. Judy Yuan, Assistant Professors, Restorative Dentistry.

Few studies have measured outcomes of treatments provided or correlated treatment to the diagnostic complexity, patients treated in a predoctoral dental or postgraduate prosthodontic programs. This research attempts to determine patient diagnoses and correlating to outcomes of implant therapy within a clinical setting, including assessment of patient expectations and satisfaction.

A pilot diagnosis and therapy-tracking database for implant patients was developed and implemented within the Department of Restorative Dentistry, and is successfully evaluating outcomes of implant-retained removable partial dentures, fixed complete dentures, and implant-retained overdentures on a trial basis.

“However, this research methodology can be adapted and improved from a paper format to a dynamic web-based database,” Dr. Afshari explained. “To this end, in the proposed study, treatment outcomes will be prospectively documented via a secure web application—Research Electronic Data Capture, or REDCAP.

“As such, it will potentially have use in venues other than UIC, thereby fostering broad clinical research collaboration and large patient population outcomes research to improve patient treatment and maintenance,” she added.

“By systematically analyzing a broad array of diagnostic factors via the prosthodontic diagnostic index and learning their associations with treatment outcomes, current and future methods for patient therapy are expected to be refined,” Dr. Afshari said. “Most importantly, a more comprehensive assessment of patient perspectives will further focus therapy approaches towards patient benefits from functional, psychological, and economic perspectives.

“Collaboration with additional institutions will more readily occur because the web-based database approach will provide a systematic, user-friendly platform for data collection,” she concluded. “Externally funded research will be more likely, and a larger patient population will yield even more accurate information regarding the link between prognostic factors and treatment outcomes."

The researchers thanked the Wach Research Grant Program Committee, chaired by Dr. Guy Adami, Associate Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, for not only seeing merit in the proposal, but for giving the researchers opportunities to revise and improve it.

The project has received additional support from Restorative Dentistry Department Head Dr. Stephen Campbell and Postgraduate Program Directors Dr. Kent Knoernschild and Dr. Rand Harlow. Departmental Hygienist Mayra Suh and Clinical Director Stephanie Clarke also will work on the project.

Elizabeth Razdolsky
Student awarded prestigious NIH Fellowship
Posted on 6/4/2014

COD student Elizabeth Razdolsky is the recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD and Other Dual Doctoral Degree Fellows (F30) from the National Institute of Health (NIH). Razdolsky, has a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and is currently a 4th year in the COD’s DMD/PhD Program. She will receive $48,467 a year to study a protein called pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF), which may regulate blood vessel formation and scar formation in wounds. These studies may suggest future therapeutic options for tissue regeneration, fibrosis and cancer.

The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD and Other Dual Doctoral Degree Fellows (F30) provides a maximum of six years support to students pursuing both DDS/DMD and PhD degrees. In addition to the annual stipend and partial tuition provided, funds are available for other training-related expenses. Applicants must be enrolled in a DDS/DMD program at an accredited U.S. dental school and accepted in a related scientific PhD (or equivalent degree) program. Students attending any accredited U.S. dental school may apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents at the time of award. More information on the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards can be found here.

springfield capitol
Gov. Quinn signs law restoring adult dental care for Medicaid
Posted on 6/18/2014

Modernizing an outdated Medicaid system, Governor Quinn signed legislation on June 16, 2014 restoring previously authorized adult dental care to Illinois’ three million Medicaid recipients. The legislation is “part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have access to quality healthcare and improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Illinois.”

The inclusion of dental care in the bill emphasizes dentistry’s importance in maintaining a person’s overall health. Prior to the signing of this bill, adult dental services were limited to emergency services.

More information pertaining to the signing of the bill can be found here. To review Senate Bill 741, click here; specifics regarding the adult dental benefit changes can be found on page 206 of the PDF document.

Dr. Bedran-Russo, DDS, PhD
Student summer research program underway
Posted on 6/17/2014

The annual Multidisciplinary Oral Science Training (MOST)  is June 2 through August 22nd, 2014. A symposium for students project presentations is August 19.

MOST is directed by Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo of the Department of Restorative Dentistry. Student participants are undergraduates exploring career opportunities in biomedical research and health sciences. Students hail from UIUC, UIC, Indiana University, Loyola University Chicago, DePaul among others. Student's mentors are leading researchers in UIC's Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Liberal Arts & Sciences (Department of Chemistry). Funding for MOST comes from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of National Institutes of Health (NIDCR).

The MOST training primarily takes place at the College of Dentistry, but labs in Medicine, Pharmacy and Chemistry will also host students.

MOST training reflects the College of Dentistry’s mission to serve as a conduit for future scientists and clinician scientists. The program, along with NIDCR, believes that early exposure to research experiences inspires individuals to pursue careers in biomedical research, and hopefully in oral health research. Success of the program is measured students participating in MOST later enrolling in oral health graduate programs or biomedical clinician scientist programs (such as PhD/DMD or PhD/MD).

More information on MOST and its role in the COD, can be found here.

COD students in Guatemala
COD students return from international rotation in Guatemala
Posted on 5/6/2014

Senior COD students Joe Beatty, Hussain Ali, Alexandria Balich and Cristian Pavel recently returned from an international rotation to Guatemala. The groups primary objective in Guatemala was providing dental care for 55 children in preschool through first grade. Most of the children served live in the rural Mayan village of Camunchuk. One day, however, was spent in another rural village, Nauhuala – in that one day alone, between the 4 COD students, 65 patients were seen and 118 extractions completed!

Cristian Pavel, COD Class of 2014 Vice President, remarked that “what sticks with me most is the incredible affection of these children, from day one they held nothing back. One child in particular, Nehemias, has cerebral palsy and he was a true inspiration to all of us. Not once did we see him without a huge smile on his face. Not only was he an excellent patient, but every time we would see him he would hold out his arms in anticipation for a big loving hug. We taught his mom how to properly brush his teeth since he may never gain enough co-ordination to do so.” Furthermore, learned “that in order to grow even greater as an person, I must immerse myself in new cultures and apply my skills towards aiding individuals around the world.”

You can hear more about the students experiences at a Lunch and Learn Thursday, May 8, 2014, 12:30-1:30 in Lecture Hall South. To RSVP for lunch please email Khatija Noorullah.

COD well represented at UIC’s Oral Cancer Community Clinic Outreach
Posted on 5/5/2014

Members of the Adami, Bagchi, Crowe, and Radosevich laboratories all presented research at the recent Cancer Center Research Forum at UIC. Dr. Joel Schwartz was a featured speaker and gave an update on his recent work funded in part by the Cancer Center.

Dr. Schwartz’s pilot project is looking for an innovative approach for improving access to oral health care for high-risk populations for oral cancer/oral pharynx cancer. External Referral Clinics involved in the project include the Heartland Alliance, Howard Brown Health Center and Project Brotherhood.

Additional aims include assessing clinician and patient resources/challenges and designing and evaluating community based/ targeted educational interventions; providing an Optical Coherent Tomography (OCT) device for non-invasive visualization of oral mucosa and Raman Spectroscopy instruments to analyze and complement histopathology diagnosis; genotyping (transcriptome/pyrosequencing) for cytochrome P450 genes (1A1,1A2,1B1, 3/4A; and demonstrating the presence of specific microorganism species that grow and metabolize polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) - a potent carcinogen family in individuals with pre-malignant and malignant oral lesions.

Cap and Diploma
Congratulations to the 2014 Graduates!
Posted on 5/29/2014

2014 is the end of an era, as UIC matriculated its last Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) class this year. Going forward, all graduates will be conferred the title of Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).

The 2014 commencement ceremony featured Dr. Mitra Dutta, UIC’s Vice Chancellor for Research, greeting the student body on behalf of the University. Dr. Seema Ashrafi, the College of Dentistry's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs extended greetings from the College. Additionally Ms. Mallory Marquie, Dental Student Council President extended greetings from the 2014 graduating class. Finally the keynote speaker was Interim Dean, Dr. G. William Knight.

Dr. Luisa DiPietro led the DDS and International Dentist Degree Program (IDDP) in the Dentist’s Pledge.

Class speakers included Dr. Thiago Vinhas, President of the IDDP Class of 2014, and Dr. Nisha Mehta, the 2014 DDS Class President.

In his written statement, Dr. Knight had this message for the class of 2014, “I extend to you our sincere congratulation on this extraordinary achievement in your professional life. You have prepared well, and with the help of the staff and faculty of this college you are now ready to enter the exciting and rewarding challenges of patient care, scholarly pursuit, and professional leadership.”

A short video of the commencement ceremony can be found here

Dr. Clark Stanford
Dr. Clark M. Stanford accepts position as COD Dean
Posted on 5/22/2014

Clark M. Stanford, DDS, Ph.D., has accepted the position of Dean of the UIC College of Dentistry, effective October 1, 2014, pending Board of Trustees approval. This appointment follows a national search that brought three finalists to campus in February. Dr. Stanford presently serves as Associate Dean for Research and Centennial Fund Professor for Clinical Research in the Dows Institute for Dental Research and the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

Dr. Stanford has served on the University of Iowa faculty since 1992 and holds secondary appointments in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the College of Nursing. His administrative career has focused on aggressively building the basic, clinical and translational research capacity of his college while integrating the work of researchers and clinicians from multiple disciplines. In doing this he has recruited "magnet" researchers to the faculty, built biostatistical and infrastructure support for researchers applying for grants, and led the renovation of his college's research space using design that encourages collaboration. He currently runs the Office for Clinical Research and the outpatient Craniofacial Clinical Research Center in the University of Iowa's College of Dentistry. He is also a member of the management committee for the CTSA-supported Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he helps to organize and perform basic, translational and clinical research studies.

Dr. Stanford has authored 18 book chapters, 111 published papers and over 140 published research abstracts in areas related to osteoblastic gene expression, signaling pathways, clinical and translational research. His research is funded by the NIH, foundations and industry. He is the chair of the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasia(s) Scientific Advisory Council and he serves on multiple national and international committees. He is the recipient of 15 academic awards including the 2007 State of Iowa Regents Award for Faculty Excellence and the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award (2007). As a practicing clinician Dr. Stanford sees private patients for complex rehabilitation in an intramural practice at the College with an emphasis on Craniofacial Anomalies. He received his BS (1984), DDS (1987), Certificate in Prosthodontics, and Ph.D. (Cell Biology; 1992) from the University of Iowa.

The full membership of the search committee, chaired by Bo Fernhall, Dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences, can be found at the search website. Bill Knight will continue his excellent service as Interim Dean until Stanford assumes role of the COD Dean later this fall.

Read more at UIC's news center.

COD partners with Goldie’s Place as official charity partner for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon!
Posted on 5/13/2014

This year, the COD has teamed up with Goldie’s Place as an official 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon charity partner, receiving six guaranteed marathon entrees. Charity runners raise a minimum of $1000 each to further the Goldie’s Place mission of helping homeless individuals in Chicago to become self-supporting and financially independent by providing confidence-building dental treatment, career development, job placement, and retention support.

In addition to team members’ personal fundraising efforts, Goldie’s Place team members will host a series of bake sales this fall to support fundraising efforts.

If you are already registered for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and are interested in raising additional funds for Goldie’s Place (no minimum amount raised), please contact Alison Doubleday.

Donations to the COD Goldie’s Place runners can be made here.

Celebrating A Proud Past book cover
Celebrating A Proud Past Published by COD
Posted on 4/9/2014

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry has published Celebrating a Proud Past about its history, Dr. Bruce Graham, Dean from 2000 to 2013, states that the book is dedicated “to the students, faculty, staff, patients, administrators, alumni, benefactors, donors, and friends whose commitment and devotion have made us one of the leading dental institutions in the world.

“Leadership is a constant theme throughout our history,” Dr. Graham continued, “From being the first dental school in the nation to have electric-driven dental engines and floor-mounted units, to inventions including the high-speed handpiece and ammoniated toothpaste, to founding national dental organizations, to setting the baseline standard for oral radiation safety, leadership always has been the word defining our College.”

The book recounts the rich history of the College, with hundreds of photos supplementing the text. There is a section with notable faculty of the past, and another highlighting current faculty, alumni, staff, and friends of the College. Additionally, there are articles about changes in the building, curriculum, and research mission; the importance of private support; social life at the College; student organizations; African Americans in the dental profession; women in the dental professions; and reflections by retired staff members.

For more information about Celebrating a Proud Past contact William S. Bike in the COD Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs at (312) 996-8495 or billbike@uic.edu.

COD student placed first in national DENTSPLY competition
Posted on 4/30/2014

Ms. Amatul Salma recently placed first in the basic science category for the the American Association for Dental Research’s (AADR) DENTSPLY/CAULK Competition. Her prize winning project is titled, “Nijmegen breakage syndrome 1 (NBS1) deficiency mediates resistance to combined telomerase and PARP inhibitor therapy in oral cancer.” The award was received at AADRs 2014 national conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ms. Salma is currently a D2 mentored by Dr. Crowe in the department of Periodontics.

Earth Day 2014 - tree planting in front of the COD
Earth Day at COD marked by tree tagging and planting
Posted on 4/23/2014

April 22nd, Arbor Day and Earth Day, the COD took part in the UIC Campus Tree Initiative by “tagging,” or adopting trees surrounding the building. The pinnacle of various Earth Month celebrations, various departments took ownership of trees surrounding the COD and placards hang on the tree signifying the trees adoptive owners. Additionally, the a College of Dentistry planted a A White Oak, a cousin to a tree used in compounds implemented during root canals, in front of the college.

Hispanic Deantal Association Student Conference
2014 HDA Regional Dental Student Conference
Posted on 4/22/2014

UIC’s College of Dentistry Urban Health Program and Hispanic Student Dental Association hosted the 2014 HDA Regional Dental Student Conference. The students participated in workshops focused on Hispanic Dental Association core areas: service, education, advocacy and leadership.

More than 70 dental students from Midwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Michigan, University of Indiana, LECOM School of Dental Medicine, Tufts University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Columbia University, University of Mississippi, and University of Minnesota participated in the conference. The Hispanic Dental Association organized the event in partnership with student, professional, faculty HDA members in Chicago and with support from P&G and Crest Oral-B.

“The conference was a great opportunity for student leaders in the region to connect and through direct interaction and in a learning environment,” said David Peña, CEO and Executive Director of the Hispanic Dental Association. Attendees reported that the conference exceeded their expectations, with 100% agreeing with the statement that because of this conference “I am more driven to promote the HDA's mission of service, education, advocacy and leadership.”