Dr. Ravindran and Team Win Prestigious Research Award
Posted on 9/19/2013
Congratulations to Dr. Sriram Ravindran and his team, recipients of the 2013 Chancellor’s Discovery Fund for Multidisciplinary Research. This program was established to support new multidisciplinary collaborations by emerging researchers at UIC, foster academic inquiry, nurture research career trajectories of promising early-stage investigators, and help recipients leverage extramural funding. Thirty-three applications were received for the five available awards.
The research team includes, Sriram Ravindran, Research Assistant Professor, Oral Biology, Dentistry, Jun Cheng, Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, Engineering and Medicine, and Yong Wang, Assistant Professor, Surgery, Medicine. The title of their proposal is “Biomimetic Tissue Engineering to Improve Life and Functionality of Transplanted Islets”.The investigators hope to improve long-term outcomes for diabetics receiving transplanted islets, by implanting islets in a biomimetic environment and improving angiogenesis of scaffolds by incorporating micro channels.
The Chancellor’s Discovery Fund program supports multidisciplinary pilot research projects in the Basic Life Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Natural Sciences & Engineering, and Social Sciences & the Humanities.
Student Organizations Showcased
Posted on 9/18/2013
Wednesday, September 11th the UIC College of Dentistry held its first Student Organization Fair. The fair was organized by the Office of Student and Diversity Affair’s Student Professional Development Program, and coordinated by Millie Mendez and Angelica Alvarez. The event showcased various Student Organizations groups, educated the UIC College of Dentistry community about student, and recruited new members. Sixteen of the College’s Student Organizations participated in the fair including: Alpha Omega, American Association of Women Dentists, American Association of Public Health, American Student Dental Association, Association of Muslim Dental Students, Christian Medical and Dental Association, Delta Sigma Delta, Hispanic Dental Association, Health Professional Student Council, Illinois Academy of General Dentistry, Korean American Student Dental Association, Middle Eastern Dental Association, Student National Dental Association, Student Research Group, Student Professionalism and Ethics Association in Dentistry, and guest organization, UIC Queers and Allies for Health.
Clinic and Research Day set for March 6, 2014
Posted on 12/4/2013
The College of Dentistry’s 27th annual Clinic and Research Day is Thursday, March 6, 2014, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The daylong event includes student research presentations, awards, and keynote speaker Dr. Richard W. Valachovic, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Dental Education Association.
“Our students and fellows will present 100-plus posters highlighting current research covering a wide range of topics in the basic, behavioral, clinical, and applied sciences” said Dr. David L. Crowe, Interim Associate Dean for Research at the College of Dentistry.
Also featured are “CaseCAT” (Critically Appraised Topics) competitions, featuring actual cases exemplifying unique and interesting aspects of dental practice combined with relevant critically appraised literature reviews.
Additionally there will be dental products and services, vendors’ exhibits, and events planned just for fun. Dr. Crowe welcomes “dentists, students, postgraduates, residents, our medical colleagues, and those interested in research and the vendors’ exhibits to attend.”
Continuing Education credits are available. More information is available online at Clinic Research Day.
Dr. Obaisi named winner of the 2013 ADA John W. Stanford New Investigator Award
Posted on 12/11/2013
Dr. Noor Obaisi has been named the 2013 winner of the American Dental Association (ADA) John W. Stanford New Investigator Award for her project, “Determination of the transformation temperature ranges of orthodontic nickel-titanium arch wires”. The award highlights the crucial role dental standards play in assuring patient health and safety and the efficacy of dental products. The John W. Stanford New Investigator Award was designed to encourage dentists and dental students to conduct standards-based research and standards development.
A recent graduate, Dr. Obaisi completed her certificate and MS in oral sciences degree in the Department of Orthodontics at UIC’s COD. Congratulations to Dr. Obaisi and the Department of Orthodontics on this wonderful achievement.
Tablets transform learning environment for first year dental students
Posted on 11/7/2013
This Fall, UIC College of Dentistry launched a program using electronic tablets to revolutionize content delivery and increasing the efficacy of small group learning. As part of the newly revised DMD curriculum, iPad mini’s are being used in both the classroom and clinic for first year dental students. The tablets, available for both students and faculty allow small groups to quickly exchange information, share findings and work together in a unique and novel way. Utilization of tablets includes assessment, mapping 3D structures of the human anatomy, case studies and more. Additionally, the use of cutting-edge technology facilitates the College’s commitment as a leader in dental education, by promoting an evidence based learning environment: the gold standard of education and practice. As an added bonus, the use of the tablets is environmentally friendly, reducing unnecessary printing!
Dr. G. William Knight named interim Dean of the College of Dentistry
Posted on 11/20/2013
The COD is pleased to announce that Dr. G. William Knight, currently Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, has accepted the position of Interim Dean of the College of Dentistry effective Dec. 16, 2013.
Dr. Knight’s first position at the COD was in 2001 in the administrative role of Assistant Dean for Clinical Education. In his current role as Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Knight is the chief academic officer for the college, working closely with faculty in the DMD and the Advanced Specialty Programs. Dr. Knight has been instrumental in transforming the professional doctorate program. Under his leadership, the faculty eliminated discipline-based clinical education and created Group Practice Clinics with interdisciplinary faculty teams mentoring students. Conventional discipline-based, preclinical education was replaced with an integrated prepatient care learning program in a high-fidelity simulation clinic. A community-based service learning program was implemented across the predoctoral curriculum, culminating with students providing patient care in safety net, community-based clinics. These changes vastly increased student clinical learning experiences and were recognized honored by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA)2012 Gies Award for Innovation by a Dental Education Institution.
In 2007-08, the faculty created an entirely new classroom curriculum for dental students that integrated the biomedical, bio-behavioral, and clinical sciences knowledge and skills through patient care scenarios. The renamed Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) also replaced lectures with small-group learning seminars. Dr. Knight was instrumental in developing new curriculum and led the approval process from the college level through the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Dr. Knight also led faculty efforts culminating in successful implementation of the DMD program in 2011. In 2009, Dr. Knight established the Office of Dental Education to provide technological support for the faculty’s innovations. The COD looks forward to Dr. Knight's continued contributions in keeping the college at the forefront of dentistry education!
A national search to fill the position of Dean of the College of Dentistry is underway .
Dr. Wenckus stepping down as Head of the Endodontics, but continuing as a part-time professor
Posted on 11/20/2013
Dr. Chris Wenckus, Head of the Department of Endodontics, announced he’ll retire from the COD July, 2014, after forty years of loyal and dedicated service. Dr. Wenckus will, however, continue teaching in the department part-time.
Dr. Wenckus graduated from the COD with a DDS in 1971. He completed a GPR Certificate at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in 1972, and returned to the COD for a Certificate in Postgraduate Endodontics in 1974. He subsequently set out to pursue a dual career of educating future dentists at the COD’s, while maintaining a thriving endodontics practice. In 1999 he was appointed Head of the Department.
Dr. Wenckus’ fifteen-year tenure as Department Head is notable for the establishment and growth of the Department’s national and international reputation for academic excellence, largely due to his leadership in the American Association of Endodontists, the American Board of Endodontics, the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Endodontics, and the Commission on Dental Accreditation . Under his visionary leadership, the Department has recruited outstanding faculty, and enhanced its predoctoral and postgraduate educational programs. The Department also has a growing research program, due to Dr. Wenckus’ commitment to recruiting faculty with research expertise.
A national search for his successor as Department Head will be undertaken.
UIC COD welcomes CODA site visitors for accreditation
Posted on 11/13/2013
UIC COD welcomed the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) this week for an accreditation site visit. The accreditation team met with faculty, students and administrators and toured the building and facilities November 12th and 13th. CODA visits accredited schools every seven years after initial accreditation.
CODA accredits dental schools as well as advanced dental education programs and allied dental education programs in the United States. CODA was established in 1975 and is nationally recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) as the sole agency to accredit dental and dental-related education programs conducted at the post-secondary level. CODA's mission is to serve the oral health care needs of the public through the development and administration of standards that foster continuous quality improvement of dental and dental related educational programs.
Clinic and Research Day planned for March 6, 2014
Posted on 10/7/2013
The Office for Research is pleased to announce that the 2014 Clinic and Research Day is scheduled for Thursday, March 6. The annual Clinic and Research Day provides a forum for students, postgrads, and research staff to present their research achievements to the College and the larger research community. Continuing education opportunities, dental products and services exhibits, a keynote lecture and student awards are all part of the event.
Updates will be available on Clinic and Research Day website.
Dr. Sroussi named Director of Oral Sciences PhD program
Posted on 10/30/2013
Congratulations to Dr. Sroussi as he steps into his role directing the graduate studies of the Oral Sciences PhD Program. Dr. Sroussi sees his role as “monitoring student progress through the candidacy and graduation process, and carefully selecting the right candidates for the PhD and the combined PhD/DMD programs.”
In his new post, Dr. Sroussi hopes “to help our institution continue to offer an attractive and nurturing scientific environment for the exceptionally hard working, intelligent, and motivated graduate students in our program.” Additionally, he "wants to enhance the visibility of our graduate program at the national level, and train future leaders in dental education and oral sciences.”
Renovated State-of-the-Science Labs Ready for Research
Posted on 10/3/2013
Recently renovated lab spaces are now open and ready for research! After many years of hard work involving a multitude of contributors, the COD has completed and opened 40,000 square feet of state-of-the-science research facilities. The two labs comprise one of the largest dental school research facilities in the United States.
23,000 square feet of the renovated facilities was funded by a $9.9 million “research facilities renovation CO6 grant” under the American Recovery and Reinvestment “stimulus” program, financed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Center for Research Resources. The COD is one of three American dental research facilities to receive the competitive funding, demonstrating NIH’s confidence and support of COD research faculty.
Renovated spaces include laboratories on the 4th and 5th floors, space and infrastructure for shared freezers and core equipment, renovation and expansion of our animal facilities and construction of clinical research space. The research facilities transform COD’s physical environment, and stimulate and support innovative research endeavors and clinical and translational science.
Dr. Miloro edits new textbook - Trigeminal Nerve Injuries
Posted on 10/24/2013
Dr. Michael Miloro, Head of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS), edited a new textbook, Trigeminal Nerve Injuries. Published August 2013 by Springer-Verlag Publishers, a major publisher of medical and dental titles, this textbook is the first devoted to diagnosis and management of trigeminal nerve injuries.
Trigeminal nerve injuries present complex clinical challenges and can be very distressing for patients. The text covers a wide range of topics, including historical perspectives, demographics, etiology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, clinical neurosensory testing, nonsurgical management, and surgical management and principles of microneurosurgery. Additionally, algorithms and glossary are provided to assist in the clinical management of complex scenarios.
Dr. Thomas Skiba wins Golden Apple Award!
Posted on 10/23/2013
The votes are in and Dr. Thomas Skiba, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, is the recipient of the COD Class of 2014’s D-3 year Golden Apple Award. The award signifies outstanding teaching at the predoctoral level.
"The Golden Apple is awarded to a faculty member who students feel goes above and beyond - motivating students to learn and achieve to their highest potential," said Nisha Mehta, class President. "Dr. Skiba was chosen as the recipient of this award because he inspires students to become proficient clinicians and provides guidance when necessary."
An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Skiba has taught at UIC for the past five years after retiring from a career in private practice. He describes his position at UIC as an “encore career” and is extremely pleased to have this teaching opportunity.
Dr. Skiba added, "being an educator involved with students who are motivated and passionate about their education is a wonderful challenge."
Dr. Indru Punwani Elected President of IADR’s New Pediatric Oral Health Research Scientific Group
Posted on 10/11/2013
Congratulations to Dr. Indru Punwani on his election as the inaugural President of the Pediatric Oral Health Research (POHR) Scientific Group of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR).
As IADR’s newest research group, the POHR Scientific Group was created to integrate research from all fields applicable to pediatric populations and to present symposia and research presentations at AADR and IADR.
Until now, research related to pediatric dentistry has been presented at meetings of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the International Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and various other national and International Oral health scientific groups; this scattered approach makes it challenging to consolidate the efforts and find synergistic approaches. The POHR Scientific Group will bring scientists, and interested researchers/clinicians and students working on pediatric oral health research together for increased collaboration.
Dr. Punwani, passionate about the project reiterates, "Early childhood caries is the most common disease of children. The goal of the POHR scientific group of the IADR is to reduce this disease burden especially in children from underserved communities though the POHR scientific group’s collaborative research approach. I am very excited to be in a position to lead this effort."
Drs. Adami & Schwartz awarded NCI grant to study “Green tea effects on gene expression in tobacco users”
Posted on 10/10/2013
Congratulations to Drs. Guy Adami and Joel Schwartz on their National Cancer Institute grant, “Green tea effects on gene expression in tobacco users”. Drs. Adami and Schwartz’s pilot study noninvasively obtained cells from human smokers, and showed green tea can reverse some early effects of carcinogen exposure in some people. The hypothesis of the newly funded study, is that cells obtained from the mouth, using noninvasive methods, can be used to determine what consumptions of five cups of green tea per day does to the epithelial cell functions in tobacco smokers. The penultimate goal is providing a testable method to detect green tea induced changes associated with tumor inhibition so individual who might benefit from green tea consumption can be rapidly identified.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of eleven agencies that constitute the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NCI coordinates the U.S. National Cancer Program and conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other activities related to the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer; the supportive care of cancer patients and their families; and cancer survivorship.