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Clinic & Research Day – March 30, 2023

2023 Award Winners

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The College of Dentistry’s annual Clinic and Research Event provides a forum for students, postgraduates, and research staff to present research achievements to the members of the College and larger research community.


2023 Speaker - Jane A. Weintraub, DDS, MPH Heading link

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Dr. Jane A. Weintraub is the 51st President of the American Association of Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR). She is first R. Gary Rozier and Chester W. Douglass Distinguished Professor in Dental Public Health and former Dean at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry, and adjunct professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.  Dr. Weintraub is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health and past president of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry.  Her epidemiology and health disparities research cuts across the lifespan with a focus on prevention and relationships among oral health, healthcare, and systemic disease.

She has received the International Association for Dental Research H. Trendley Dean Memorial Award for meritorious research in epidemiology and public health, the American Dental Association’s Norton Ross Award for Clinical Research, the John W. Knutson Award from the American Public Health Association’s Oral Health Section and many others.

Prior to her deanship, she had more than 25 years of continuous NIH/NIDCR funding. From 2001-11, she was the founding director and principal investigator of the NIDCR-funded Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health, nicknamed the CAN DO Center, at the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry.  After its first seven-year funding cycle, the CAN DO Center received $24.4 million for an additional seven years of funding. The clinical trial she conducted as part of this Center determined the efficacy of fluoride varnish to prevent early childhood caries in young children that has become the standard of care. She currently has funding from NIDCR to study the oral health of older adults and from the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health to study teledentistry vs. onsite mobile dentistry for residents in North Carolina long-term care settings.

Dr. Weintraub earned her DDS at Stony Brook University and her MPH and public health training at Harvard University. She was inducted as a Fellow of both the American and International College of Dentistry and was in the first class of AADOCR Fellows. Earlier in her career, she practiced dentistry in Boston, MA.