Indiana University School of Dentistry
Appoints First Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration
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.
“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
University of Michigan Orthodontics
Program Wins Research Award
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.”