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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.

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.”

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Going from lilac to green – Earth Month 2014
Posted on 4/2/2014

Earth Month kicked off yesterday, and according to Dr. Darryl Pendleton, the COD has a full slate of events celebrating new initiatives for helping the college achieve its goal of “going from lilac to green.”

Ranking high in recyclable waste (medical and general office waste) the COD wants to find innovative ways to reduce its environmental footprint. The COD's Jacqueline Kalan has coordinated with UIC’s Office of Sustainability to assess how the college can continue in its mission to go green. Some of the first results of the assessment are new signage above the recycling bins and a new pipette recycling program. Eventually there will be new recycling bins that will better facilitate recycling on the consumer end and easier pick up of the recycled goods on the janitorial end.

There will also be several exciting events going on throughout the month. Friday, April 11th Dr. Knight is presenting on “Our Green Future.” Wednesday, April 16th, Drs. Wu and Colvard are co-presenting on “Plants in Oral Health.” Both lunch and learns will be held in lecture hall south. The month of events culminates Tuesday, April 22nd with an Earth Day Celebration and a tree tagging event.

Additionally, there will be weekly tips going out to the COD on ways to reduce our environmental impact. For example, the college currently goes through 30-40 boxes of paper a month (approximately 5000 sheets at $31/box). By utilizing email (and not printing them out!), tablets and other technological advances, the college is trying to reduce the amount of paper consumed. Keep an eye on your inbox for more facts and figures and find out how you can make a difference.

Dr. Raja lead author for JADA’s March cover story
Posted on 3/5/2014

The cover story for the March 2014 edition of Journal of American Dental Association (JADA) is “Treating patients with traumatic life experiences” by Dr. Sheela Raja, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry; Michelle Hoersch, MS; Chelsea F. Rajagopqalan, BA; and Dr. Priscilla Chang, Clinical Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry.

The piece provides dentists a framework for sensitively treating patients who have survived traumatic events (including, but not limited to, childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse and combat). Included is an exploration traumatic events influence on how a person experiences oral health care and how trauma can interfere with engaging in preventative care.

More information is available at http://jada.ada.org/content/145/3/238.

 

Dr. Satish B. Alapati, Assistant Professor, Endodontics, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
Dr. Alapati Receives Grant to Study Dental Pulp Regeneration
Posted on 3/4/2014

Dr. Satish B. Alapati, Assistant Professor, Endodontics, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, recently received a research grant in the amount of $21,000 in support of his research proposal, “Hypoxia-mediated discordant simulation of endothelium perturbs dental pulp stem cell differentiation, via Notch signaling,” from the American Association of Endodontists AAE Foundation.

“This research project from our lab is an initial step for looking into understanding the role of hypoxia and ischemic events in dental pulp tissue, particularly dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) proliferation/differentiation in response to such injuries during regeneration process,” Dr. Alapati said. In addition, Dr. Alapati commented that, “The hypoxic/inflammatory environment effect on dental pulp tissue (DPSCs) is not known. Unwinding the molecular signaling pathways that are relevant for endothelial cells (ECs) and DPSCs could perhaps open critical cues for regenerative endodontic therapy.”

Finally, Dr. Alapati added, “I am examining factors such as low tissue oxygen levels, and how they affect stem cells.”

Dr. Alapati acknowledged contributions from collaborator Dr. Premanand Sundivakkam, graduate student Michael Boyle (MS Bioengineering), and also UIC MOST (Multidisciplinary Oral Science Training) summer research program students Chelsee Strojny and Crystal Chun.

The AAE Foundation perpetuates excellence for the specialty of endodontics and its practitioners through support of research and education.

 

Cronin wins 2014 CaseCAT poster at 2014 clinic and research day
2014 Clinic and Research Day a success!
Posted on 3/21/2014

The College of Dentistry’s 27th annual Clinic and Research Day was a terrific success. This yearly opportunity for students and postgrads to present their research to peers, faculty, alumni and Chicago’s larger research community, brings to life what students are learning in the classrooms and is an excellent opportunity for students to polish their public speaking and professional writing skills.

The winning entry in this years CaseCAT presentations, was Carolyn Cronin poster on “Acupuncture as a Treatment Modality for Chronic Myofascial Pain. Ms. Cronin is mentored by Dr. Obrez and represented the COD’s Rembrandt Clinic.

Additional participants included: 12 predoctoral dental students, 40 graduate students, 15 postdoctoral fellows/junior faculty, 10 postgraduate residents, 9 research associates, 11 undergraduates, 11 case reports, 11 literature reviews, and 8 CaseCAT presentations.

Marybeth Francis, D.M.D., Ph.D candidate
Student awarded substantial NIDCR grant
Posted on 3/19/2014

Over the next five years, D.M.D., Ph.D. candidate Marybeth Francis will receive $485,625 grant as part of a fellowship funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Ms. Francis’ goal for this fellowship is to gain valuable skills in academic, clinical, and research related to dentistry to lay the foundation for a career as a dentist scientist. This award is an essential first step in a career as a successful, funded scientist.

The fellowship is a chance for Ms. Francis to study diabetes and periodontitis, chronic inflammatory diseases having a significant effect on public health. Chronic inflammatory diseases such as periodontal disease are greatly exacerbated in diabetic patients. The goal of Ms. Francis’ research is to elucidate the mechanism of the exacerbated periodontitis in diabetic patients and to identify possible treatments.

This award also gives Ms. Francis an opportunity to communicate scientific research at conferences, national, and international meetings. By presenting her own research, listening to other research presentations, and networking she can form bonds with like minds and collaborate with others. Participating at conferences affords an opportunity to further understand topics directly relevant to her project, possibly integrating new ideas into her own research. The interdisciplinary nature of Ms. Francis’ project provides opportunities for working with experts in periodontitis, diabetes and epigenetic, as well as allowing for the advancing of dental medicine across several disciplines. The translational implications of her project are appropriate to the pursuit of both clinical and scientific training during her fellowship.

Upon completion of the DMD/PhD program and subsequent post doctoral and specialty training (during which time she will apply for a K award) Ms. Francis plans on seeking a tenure track faculty position as a dentist scientist using her hybrid perspective in basic science research and clinical practice. Once she has her own lab, she plans on becoming an R01 investigator, solidifying her position of leadership within the dental research community.

Ms. Francis would like to acknowledge Dr. Luan and Dr. Diekwisch for their expertise and assistance this past summer in helping prepare her NIDCR application.

Dr. Doubleday
Dr. Doubleday 2014 recipient of Jon Daniel Teaching Award
Posted on 3/14/2014

Congratulations to Dr. Alison Doubleday, the 2014 recipient of the 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.

Congratulations are in order for two additional faculty members, Dr. Thomas Lakars and Dr. Ales Obrez, nominated for their own remarkable pursuits and contributions. Nomination itself is indeed an honor.

Student wins 2014 CCTS Multidisciplinary Team Science Award
Posted on 3/13/2014

The College of Dentistry’s 2014 Center for Clinical and Translational Science Multidisciplinary Team Science Award recipient is Micheal Boyle. A graduate student in the Department of Bioengineering, Boyle's award winning project examines "Inflammation-mediated Angiocrine Effect of Endothelial Cells Impede Dental-Pulp Tissue Regeneration." Boyle is mentored by endodontics assistant professor Dr. Satish Alapati and worked with Dr. Alapati on the recently awarded Association of Endodontists grant studying “Hypoxia-mediated discordant simulation of endothelium perturbs dental pulp stem cell differentiation, via Notch signaling.”

Dr, Aram Kim receiving award
Dr. Kim awarded SCAD’s VITA Award for Excellence in Research
Posted on 2/5/2014

Dr. Aram Kim, Prosthodontics Resident, was awarded the VITA Award for Excellence in Research related to color and appearance in esthetic dentistry from the Society of Color and Appearance in Dentistry (SCAD). At the society's 2013 annual meeting general session in Denver, CO she presented her research on "Abutment Material Effect on Peri-Implant Soft Tissue Color and Perceived Esthetics."

Anne George, Ph.D.
Dr. George named Distinguished, Basic Life Sciences, Researcher of the Year
Posted on 2/26/2014

The University of Illinois at Chicago Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) announced recipients of the 2013 UIC Researcher of the Year awards. The honor recognizes efforts and commitment of researchers who demonstrate outstanding research achievements, advancing knowledge in their field of expertise.

The Distinguished Researcher award is given to five UIC researchers. The 2013 Distinguished award in the category of Basic Life Sciences is the College of dentistry’s Anne George, Ph.D., Allan G. Brodie Endowed Professor, Brodie Tooth Development Genetics and Regenerative Medicine Research Laboratory. Dr. George is an internationally renowned leader in the field of mineralized tissue research. Her revolutionary findings elucidating mechanisms by which mineralization of the extracellular matrix (ECM) occurs, also has widespread importance in biology, medicine, and engineering. She discovered DMP1, a key regulatory molecule that controls differentiation of the osteoblast (bone forming cells) and odontoblast (dentin forming cells) phenotype. Additionally, her research advances are leading to ways of regenerating oral tissues, including teeth, bone and the periodontium, as well as improving diagnostic methods used in clinical practice. Her research could one day revolutionize how cavities are filled (read more here).

Dr. George has received numerous awards including an honorary doctorate from the University Paris Descartes and ongoing funding from the NIH.

Give Kids A Smile event at the Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education
Posted on 2/25/2014

UIC’s College of Dentistry observed Give Kids a Smile Day on February 5, 2014 at the Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education-Roosevelt (ICRE). Thirty-two pre-doctoral students, two pediatric dentistry residents and six faculty provided health education, oral health instruction and hygiene services for thirty-one students at ICRE as part of the College’s Give Kids a Smile initiatives. Oral Health Education consisted of booths on brushing, flossing, healthy eating and smoking.

The ICRE experience grew out of a Schweitzer Fellowship project by D-3, Somayeh Jahedi. Ms. Jahedi lobbied for early, real-life experiences for dental students providing oral health education, while simultaneously providing ICRE students with exposure to dental care. The February 5th Give Kids A Smile Event provided preventive care and took x-rays using portable equipment. Ten ICRE students were identified as needing dental treatment; and GKAS plans to return to provide follow-up care on-site in the near future.

International Dentist Degree Program welcomes newest students
Posted on 2/12/2014

Eighteen countries will be represented in this spring's incoming International Dentist Degree Program (IDDP) student body. This year, the extremely competitive program received 466 applications for the 42 spaces. Accepted students are of high academic caliber, hard-working, and extremely passionate about dentistry. Completion the two year IDDP program allows foreign trained dentists to practice dentistry in the U.S.

Two of the incoming students have already started research at UIC COD. Mehek Sandhu, is working in Dr. Christine Wu’s lab, and is “interested in the effects of natural products on oral microflora and on plaque biofilm formation.” Sandhu stated that, “Being a student at UIC is truly a dream come true. I chose UIC because it has everything I looked for in a school; extensive research opportunities, excellent clinical training in dentistry, and of course living in the great city of Chicago. I am excited to be part of such an astounding institute and look forward to attending school soon.”

Song Qiujing chose UIC IDDP because she was impressed during her interview by the professionalism of the COD and felt faculty and staff truly cared about students. Ms. Qiujing is “investigating the intricate Ca2+ siganling pathway that may play an important role in the self-renewal and differentiation of the cancer stem cells in Dr. Radosevich's lab.”

 

IDDP Class of 2016

Brazil

 

China

 

Egypt

 

Iraq

 

India

 

Iran

 

Macedonia

 

Nepal

 

Nigeria

 

Pakistan

 

Philippines

 

Romania

 

Saudi Arabia

 

Serbia

 

Sudan

 

Syria

 

Nigeria

 

El Salvador

 

 This information is based on data available as of 2/12/14.

 

 

Josh Padovano, DMD/PhD candidate in Oral Sciences took second place in the American Dental Materials (ADM) annual international competition
Graduate student places 2nd in ADM international competition
Posted on 1/29/2014

Josh Padovano, DMD/PhD candidate in Oral Sciences took second place in the American Dental Materials (ADM) annual international competition with his work on, “Dentin Mineralization Using DMP1-Derived Synthetic Peptides."

For his 2nd place win, Mr. Padovano’s earned the Paffenbarger Award, which includes a cash prize and free registration for the 2014 ADM meeting October 8-11, 2014 in Bologna, Italy. Mr. Padovano stated that he had “taken part in national competitions for dental research, but this was my first international competition. It was a fantastic opportunity to display my work to an international community and compete in an event such as this. I was very fortunate that the judging committee was excited about my work as I am.”

The Academy of Dental Materials was founded in 1941 as a consortium of dental professionals who were interested in the development and application of new materials to dental care. This year the ADM Annual Meeting was hosted October 9-12, 2013 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

post doc working on patient in new facility made possible by private donations
Donations key to unlocking state-of-the art dental education and patient care
Posted on 1/15/2014

The college’s capacity to create the state-of-the-science Integrated Clinical Technology Center, which encompasses all the college’s undergraduate and postgraduate clinics, is in large part due to the tremendous support of private giving from alumni and friends. Additionally major partners stepped forward, including Delta Dental of Illinois, Dr. Robert Brunetti, the Guy D. and Rebecca E. Brunetti Foundation, DENTSPLY Implants and ProCare Dental Group.

The impact of these gifts on the college’s ability to educate an outstanding dentist is astounding. The support created a Predoctoral Pediatric Dentistry Clinic and Department of Orthodontics postgraduate clinic and purchased KaVo Kerr Group dental equipment and technology. The new ProCare Dental Group Implant and Innovations Center and DENTSPLY Implants Clinic feature operatories and surgical suites, model classroom space with the latest audiovisual technology and a total digital radiology platform including 3-D imaging and digital radiography. The Department of Endodontics Postgraduate Clinic and Dr. Franklin S. Weine Endodontics Surgical Suite both offer digital technology, three-dimensional imaging, increased x-ray capacity and video equipment.

Approximately $7 million in expenditures remain to complete the Integrated Clinical Technology Center. “I hope our alumni, friends, and faculty reflect on how the dental profession has impacted their lives and those of their families, and make generous gifts in the final phase of the Centennial Campaign to help us finish this project for a great dental school,” said Dr. Bill Knight, Interim Dean for the College of Dentistry. “When it’s all over, we will have built a completely new dental school inside the shell of the original."

For more information, click here.

Dr. Obaisi
Dr. Obaisi named the ADA’s first Stanford Award recipient
Posted on 1/14/2014

The American Dental Association’s (ADA) council on scientific affairs named UIC’s Dr. Noor Obaisi as its first John Stanford New Investigator Award recipient. Her winning research project, "Determination of the Transformation Temperature Ranges of Orthdontic Nickel-Titanium Archwires," set out to determine the transformation temperature range of thermoelastic nickel titanium archwires using two testing methods—Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Bend and Free Recovery.

She will receive airfare and accommodation to present her winning research at the March ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C.

"I'm happy that my project was recognized, and I hope that the project draws attention to the need for standardization in testing, not just for orthodontic wires, but for all dental products" Dr. Obaisi said.

The John W. Stanford New Investigator Award honors the legacy of Dr. Stanford, who is credited with establishing the ADA's current standards program.

Visit the ADA website to learn more about Dr. Obaisi and the Stanford Award.