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Transitions, Appointments, and Awards - February 2013

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Indiana University School of Dentistry Appoints First Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration

John N. Williams, D.M.D., M.B.A., Dean of Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD), announced that Timothy P. Brown, M.B.A. has been appointed IUSD Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration. 

Tim Brown

“Attention to strategic financial matters will be a key responsibility,” Dr. Williams says. “Mr. Brown’s expertise will be most beneficial to the school as it deals with issues such as the rapidly changing health care reimbursement financial environment and enhancing clinical efficiency,” he says.

Mr. Brown comes to his dental school appointment after a 20-year career at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He served as the medical school’s Associate Chief Financial Officer for the past 12 years and was Interim Associate Dean for Administration, Operation, and Finance in 2011–2012. During his tenure at the medical school, Mr. Brown directed the daily operations of the Office of Financial Affairs, provided leadership in the areas of strategic financial planning and capital investment, and provided evaluation and management of school-wide business operations. 

University of Michigan Orthodontics Program Wins Research Award

For the third consecutive year, a resident in the University of Michigan School of Dentistry’s Graduate Orthodontics Program has won the prestigious Milo Hellman Research Award from the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). 

Aaron HavensThis year’s winner, Aaron Havens, D.M.D., a third-year resident, will receive the award this May at the AAO’s annual session in Philadelphia. Presented annually since 1958, the Milo Hellman Award recognizes the most meritorious research paper submitted by a resident in a graduate orthodontics program in the United States and Canada. The competition was open to faculty and orthodontics residents in North America.


Mentored by Russell Taichman, D.M.D., D.M.Sc., a Professor of Dentistry in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, Dr. Havens is exploring whether it may be possible to use a person’s cells to develop therapies that can regenerate tissues in the craniofacial region following trauma or infection, or perhaps to repair congenital maladies.

The study investigates whether specialized stem cells found in adult bone marrow have regenerative properties that might be similar to those of embryonic stem cells. The specialized stem cells are known as VSELs, meaning “very small embryonic-like stem cells.” VSELs are found in marrow and blood and may be able to become cells of any type. After three months, Dr. Havens found that VSELs created new bone from cells when implanted in the bone tissue of mice. The cells not only formed bone, they also contained nerve and collagen structures that can support the newly formed bone, Dr. Havens notes.   

Dr. Sunil Kapila, chair of the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, pointed with pride to graduates in the U-M orthodontics program the Milo Hellman Award for three consecutive years. Kapila says, “This unprecedented achievement demonstrates that our students are engaged in some of the most cutting-edge research in the profession that not only brings recognition to our students and the program, but also helps advance the field and patient care.”  

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