SNDA Celebrates Black History Month, February 2019
Feb 01 to Feb 28
February 01, 2019 12:30 PM to February 28, 2019 1:30 PM
UIC College of Dentistry

In celebration of Black History Month 2019, The Student National Dental Association (SNDA) is hosting several events this February. Join in the fun events, and support your friends and colleagues as the College of Dentistry celebrates our “inclusive we” commitment to diversity and inclusion.


February 2019 Event Schedule

February 1st - Soul Food Sale
Join us as we kick off Black History Month and indulge in tasteful southern cuisine.
12:30-1:30 4th Floor Commons

February 8th - Sterilization Appreciation
We will be showing our appreciation to our Sterilization staff for all that they do.
ALL DAY - Second floor Sterilization window

February 15th - Keynote Speaker
CDS President Dr. C. D. Watson-Lowry will be here to talk about her journey through dentistry.
12:30 - 1:30 LHN (lunch with be provided)

Feb 28th-TBA event with the Student National Medical Association



About the Student National Dental Association (SNDA)

SNDA-logo-2017.pngWhat is the Student National Dental Association (SNDA)? Well, if the SNDA was a person attending a university, it would declare a major in Diversity/Community Service and a minor in African American Culture. The Student National Dental Association is an organization that is all about the “inclusive we.” We accept members of all races, creeds, colors, and religions. Our goal is to improve the oral health care within our communities and abroad. Our dedication is to the advancement of students within the field of dentistry. SNDA has and continues to provide proper oral hygiene education through various outreach efforts and an increase the access to care within communities, with emphasis on the minorities and the undeserved. The SNDA has had a long-standing goal for over 40 years to promote, aid and support the academic and social environment of minority students. We are always excited to have more members dedicated to community improvement!

Seminar: Shark Teeth!
Feb 08
February 08, 2019 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
UIC College of Dentistry

The College of Dentistry Eco Educators are bringing Dr. Steven Kessel, Director of Marin Research at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium to the College on Friday, February 8 for a lunch and learn presentation.  Dr. Kessel will discuss his ongoing research focused on gaining a better understanding of endangered Caribbean shark species in an effort to protect them from further decline.  He has led and assisted with studies of lemon sharks, red sea sharks and manta rays and helped develop conservation management programs for special specials. 


About the Speaker

Steven-Kessel.jpgSteven Kessel, Ph.D. is the Shedd Aquarium’s Director of Marine Research in the Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research. Dr. Kessel oversees a suite of marine conservation research projects aimed at protecting commercially important Caribbean species, such as endangered Nassau grouper and threatened queen conch.

Dr. Kessel has worked extensively with a wide variety of species and has a well-established reputation as a conservation scientist. His research complements the existing conservation portfolio at Shedd, which is intended to advance management and protect imperiled aquatic species across the globe.

In addition to overseeing Shedd’s existing conservation research projects in The Bahamas, Kessel will also launch his own original research project to better understand Caribbean region shark species and how to protect them from further decline. Previously, Kessel has led and assisted with research projects studying lemon sharks, Red Sea sharks and manta rays, and has aided in the development of conservation management programs for various species.

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Photo Credit: © Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez 


Seminar: Oral Health Innovation 'Preventistry'
Feb 13
February 13, 2019 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
UIC College of Dentistry

The business of oral health is changing. Will you be ready? In this oral health innovation seminar, Steven Pollock, the President and CEO of DentaQuest, the nation’s leading purpose-driven oral health organization, will discuss the changing oral health business, and how it will you as an oral health professional.

February 13, Wednesday, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm



The pace of change in the healthcare industry is the fastest it’s been in decades, and dentistry is no exception. The highly fragmented and siloed dental care and finance system is ripe for disruption. The industry is being purposefully disrupted by significant inflow of capital, novel technology, workforce and other regulatory reforms, and changing consumer preferences. Accelerated consolidation and care delivery disruptions are aiming to create a more accessible, integrated, consumer oriented, and value-driven model.

One example of this transformation is “Preventistry”, which:

  • Refocuses oral care on prevention
  • Pays for value and outcomes, not volume of services
  • Advocates for greater access in multiple venues where people are, and
  • Invests in innovations and technologies that improve consumer health and experience

To effect this transformation will require a new thinking in business strategy and corporate philanthropy, putting business performance and social impact on the same footing. In the healthcare industry that’s inherently social and local, this double bottom line approach is both socially responsible and offers a unique, sustainable and credible competitive edge.



Steven Pollock
President & Chief Executive Officer of DentaQuest

stevepollock.pngSteve Pollock is the President and CEO of DentaQuest, the nation’s leading purpose-driven oral health organization. Headquartered in Boston, Mass., with locations across the country, DentaQuest operates as an integrated enterprise with a mission to benefits business, a foundation, an institute and dental care delivery sites all dedicated to improving the oral health of all.

Steve’s leadership specifically guides all of these parts into working as a whole to improve oral health care from every angle. The DentaQuest Foundation is the leader in oral health philanthropy, investing annually in organizations that share our commitment to improving the oral health of all. The DentaQuest Institute applies a rigorous science and research and development approach to testing and proving new models of care that prioritize prevention. The care delivery business boasts the nation’s first dental accountable care organization with more than 40 oral health centers in Oregon, while also managing 22 oral health centers in 3 other states. And DentaQuest’s best-in-class benefits business includes more than 23 million people.

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Pleaes RSVP your spot by email to knoorula@uic.edu.

8th Annual IBTN Symposium
Apr 15
April 15, 2019 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
UIC College of Dentistry

The  Institute of Biomaterials, Tribocorrosion , and Nanomedicine (IBTN-US) will hold its 8th Annual Symposium on Monday, April 15, 2019 at the UIC College of Dentistry.

This year’s  symposium title is  'Advances in Diagnostics and Sensor Technology in Healthcare.'

IBTN symposium is an annual research meeting organized by UIC, Rush, Midwestern and NU researchers for last 7 years. Currently, IBTN has international branches in Brazil, India, Europe, South Africa and Taiwan.  The conference offers the latest development in the healthcare materials and include invited lectures, Research and Poster presentations.

The IBTN Annual Meeting provides numerous opportunities for you to hear the latest research discoveries from the experts, learn about technology advances in the field, participate in panel discussions and poster presentations, and build new network. Each year, IBTN Research scholar awards will be given to the research students based on their Poster presentations. This is sponsored by TMJ concepts and Springer Publishers. IBTN will support the participant/researchers to publish their excellent scientific and technical work in peer-reviewed issue of the Springer Journal (Journal of Bio & Tribocorrosion-JBTC), so we strongly encourage all authors to submit manuscripts for consideration by April 1st, 2019.  


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vert-bar-green20x370.jpgDiscover the latest research discoveries from the experts

Learn about technology advances in the field

Participate in panel discussions and poster presentations

Network and share ideas


Attend Poster Presentations

Meet and discuss with expert speakers and researchers at their poster presentations covering the following topics:

  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Biomaterials and Implants
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Nanomedicine
  • Surface modifications
  • Cell-material interactions
  • Tissue imaging, Total Joint Replacement
  • Tribology and Corrosion
  • Bio-Tribocorrosion
  • Bio-sensors, Bio-mineralization
  • In-Situ liquid-TEM Bio-imaging and 3D printing
  • Computational modeling


2019 Theme: Advances in Diagnostic and Sensor Technologies in Health Care

This year's theme is “Advances in diagnostic and sensor technologies in health care.” Dr. Asimina Kiourti, Ohio State University will deliver the plenary talk on  “Wireless biosensor: New development”. There will be around eight lectures from the experts in the area of sensors and biomaterial/implant in healthcare research. The conference will end with a panel discussion on the presented subjects and a general discussion on upcoming research areas in health care sector.

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Asimina Kiourti
Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering.
Ohio State University
ElectroScience Laboratory

Topic: “Wireless biosensor: New development”

Asimina Kiourti joined The Ohio State University as an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Fall 2016. From 2013 to 2016 she served as a Post-Doctoral Researcher and then a Senior Research Associate at Ohio State's ElectroScience Laboratory. Prior to that, she received her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece (2013) and her M.Sc. degree from University College London, UK (2009). Professor Kiourti’s research interests include wearable and implantable sensors, antennas and electromagnetics for body area applications, and flexible textile-based electronics. Her work has been recognized with over 40 scholarly awards, among which, the 2018 URSI Young Scientist Award, the 2014 IEEE EMB-S BRAIN Young Investigator Award, the 2013 Chorafas Foundation Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award, the 2012 IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship for Medical Applications, and the 2011 IEEE AP-S Doctoral Research Award. Professor Kiourti’s research has gained an international reputation and has been featured by TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Times of India, Australia Network News, and the ALN Magazine among others.


Panel Discussion

Join an enlightening discussion on the topic of “Diagnostic and sensor technology research new directions” by the following experts

Invited Lectures

Dr. Lyndon Cooper (Dean of Research, UIC Dental School)

Dr. Louis Mercuri (TMJ Concepts and Rush University Medical Center, Chicago)

Dr. Amit Trivedi (Dept. of Elect and Comp Engineering, UIC, Chicago)

Dr. Rong Wang (Dept. of Chemistry,  Center for Sensor Science and Engineering, IIT, Chicago)

Dr Roozbeh Ghaffari, (Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics, Northwestern University) 

Dr. Shalini Prasad (Biomedical Micro devices and Nanotechnology Lab, UTD Dallas)

Dr. Robin Pourzal (Dept. of Orthopedics, Rush Medical Center, Chicago)

Dr. Gene Kulesha (Onkos Surgical, New York)

Mr. Div Harish (Loadstar Sensors, CA)

Mr. Matthew E. Struve (MTS Testing system)


About IBTN

The  Institute of Biomaterials, Tribocorrosion , and Nanomedicine (IBTN) is an organization that understands the need of a multidisciplinary  research team in order to generate innovative solutions to the critical clinical/healthcare issues and applications and formulation of better clinical treatment/management. This institute is formed in 2012, by some researchers at UIC and Rush at Chicago. The main focuses on the research and teaching related to biomaterials, Nano-medicine, regenerative medicine, corrosion, tribology and tribocorrosion aspects of the biomedical implants.

The team consists of clinicians, material scientists, bioengineers, mechanical engineers, and chemical engineers from University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Biomedical Science at UIC Rockford and Department of Orthopedics, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago.

Our mission is to contribute in the advancement of scientific knowledge in regenerative medicine, Nano-medicine and biomaterials (development, surface modification and characterization) for the versatile clinical application for generating and maintaining implants with required durability and multifunctional performance.


Symposium Organizers 

IBTN Founders:

  • Dr. Cortino Sukotjo (UIC)
  • Dr. Christos Takoudis (UIC)
  • Dr. Mathew T. Mathew (UIC & Rush)
  • Dr. Tolou Shokuhfar (UIC)

Advisory Committee:

  • Dr. Reza Shahbazian-Yassar (UIC)
  • Dr. Louis Mercuri (Rush and TMJ Concepts)
  • Dr. Xuejun Li (UIC)
  • Dr. Hannah Lundberg (Rush)
  • Dr. Robin Pourzal (Rush)
  • Dr. Judy Yuan (UIC)
  • Dr. Bin Yang (UIC)
  • Dr. Andrea Reale (UIC)
  • Dr. Shafigh Mehraeen (UIC)
  • Dr. Michael McNallan (UIC)
  • Dr. Didem Ozevin (UIC)
  • Dr. E J Ernesto Indacochea (UIC)
  • Dr. Jeffrey P. Rouleau(Exponent Chicago)
  • Dr. Reji Mathew
  • (Midwestern University, Chicago)
  • Dr. Ali Erdemir (Argonne National Lab)
  • Dr. Izabela Szlufarska (UW, Maddison)
  • Dr. Laurence Marks (NU, Evanston)
  • Dr. Sriram Ravidran(UIC)
  • Dr. Liao Yifeng (ADA, Chicago)


IBTN International coordinators:

  • Dr. Luis Rocha (UNESP, IBTN-Brazil)
  • Dr. Fatih Toptan (UMINHO, IBTN-Euro)
  • Dr. Peter Olubambi
  • (Johannesburg, IBTN-S. Africa)
  • Dr. Geetha Manivasagam (VIT,, IBTN-India)
  • Dr. Max Wu (TMUH, IBTN-Taiwan)


Local Committee:

  • Dr. Divya Bijukumar (Chair)
  • Ms. Rajini Nagaraj, Ms. Sneha Kamat
  • College of Dentistry, UIC; DUCOM Instruments, Exponent, TMJ Concepts, Springer


Biomaterials Research at UIC College of Dentistry

At UIC, we are moving beyond tissue replacement, using materials to enable our bodies to regenerate damaged and failing tissues.

We are leading investigations into how materials interact with living tissues, and the building of tissue replacements for the growth of cells/tissues to replace lost tissues. The Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration (CWHTR) is a unique community of scientists and clinicians devoted to the study of injury, wound healing, and regeneration. The Laboratory of Applied Dental Biomaterials and Interfaces is a NIH funded center studying the properties of the tooth in order to develop reparative/regenerative biomaterials to replace lost tooth structure.

Explore  research at UIC College of Dentistry

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UIC 18th annual challenge of the deans free throw contest
Jan 24
January 24, 2019 7:00 PM
Credit Union 1 Arena

Are you ready to kick off this New Year by cheering on the College of Dentistry at the upcoming UIC Flames Men’s Basketball Game, Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.? This game is different than most as it is the 18th Annual Challenge of the Deans free throw contest night!

At halftime, Associate Dean for Advancement, Mark “Crash” Valentino will join forces with D2 Ben “B-Rich” Richardson to compete against teams representing other Colleges to make the most free throws and win the coveted trophy.

Join us to cheer on the COD free throw team, along with our Flames as they take on the Detroit Mercy Titans!

Thursday, January 24, 2019
7 p.m. at the Credit Union 1 Arena
525 S. Racine Ave.

Ticket purchase includes a pre-game reception with unlimited food and beverages at 5:00 p. m. Please contact Jessica Mueller, Associate Director of Engagement and Participation, at jmuelle0@uic.edu or (312) 413-8479 for more information or for ticket purchase.