One of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s longest running national programs, the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP), will offer support to dental scholars starting with its 2012 application period. For more than 25 years, AMFDP has fostered diversity among U.S. medical school faculty, and that well-known program will now work to do the same among dental school faculty.
The International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) recently published two studies in the Journal of Dental Research (JDR). In a report on a preclinical investigation titled “Flagellin Enhances Saliva IgA Response and Protection of Anti-Caries DNA Vaccine,” lead author Dr. Wei Shi, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and his team of researchers demonstrate that anti-caries DNA vaccines, including pGJA-P/VAX, are promising for preventing dental caries.
Wichita State University (WSU) recently opened its new Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) building in Wichita, Kansas. Several university, state, and community officials attended the building’s grand opening at the end of October.
Dr. Richard W. Valachovic, Executive Director of the American Dental Education Association, recently visited the new $112 million building at the College of Dental Medicine at Georgia Health Sciences University. Dr. Valachovic noted that the building will help to attract students, faculty, and patients.
On October 15, the Student National Dental Association (SNDA) successfully launched the first Mini Impressions Program at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Mini Impressions, an offshoot of the Summer Impressions Program, targets high school students instead of college students, but the goal is the same— to expose underrepresented minorities to a career in dentistry.
Dr. Sangeetha Chandrasekaran, a periodontics resident at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, has won the Volpe Prize. The $3,500 award is presented to the best clinical research in periodontology by students in dentistry. The competition, sponsored by The Ohio State University and Colgate-Palmolive Co., is named for Dr. Anthony Volpe, who is responsible for Colgate’s worldwide clinical research program.