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Transitions, Appointments, and Awards - April 2013

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Dr. Eric T. Stoopler Receives Penn Dental Medicine’s 2013 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching

Eric T. Stoopler, D.M.D., Associate Professor of Oral Medicine at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (Penn Dental Medicine), has been recognized for his excellence in teaching as a 2013 recipient of the University of Pennsylvania’s Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Awards for Distinguished Teaching.

Dr. Stoopler has been part of Penn Dental Medicine’s faculty since 2002, starting as Assistant Professor of Oral Medicine and promoted to Associate Professor of Oral Medicine in 2011. Since 2007, he has served as Director of the School’s Oral Medicine Residency Program. In addition, he directs the oral medicine externship program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and he is on the medical staff at HUP, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Stoopler’s many teaching roles at Penn Dental Medicine include Course Director for Principles of Medicine, the oral medicine core curriculum for Graduate Dental Education, the Vernon J. Brightman Conference Series, and the Advanced Clinical Oral Medicine Selective. He is also a lecturer in 10 other courses at the pre- and postdoctoral levels.

Call for Nominations: ADA Norton M. Ross Award

The American Dental Association (ADA) has issued a call for nominations for the 2014 Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research. This award, established in 1991, is presented annually in memory of Dr. Norton M. Ross, a dentist and pharmacologist who spent most of his career in academic and research positions. Dr. Ross elevated clinical research to a higher level of scientific standards, and his contributions to the fields of oral medicine and dental clinical research have had a positive and lasting influence on the public’s oral health. Download the Call for Nominations brochure\ for details. Nominations must be received by June 14, 2013.

The Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions in clinical investigations that have advanced the diagnosis, treatment, and/or prevention of craniofacial-oral-dental diseases, as well as outstanding research endeavors in other areas. Selection is based on the scope of the nominee’s research, with special emphasis on its impact on clinical dentistry and on publications in refereed journals. Award recipients typically demonstrate a high level of creativity and innovation.

The recipient receives a $5,000 honorarium and a plaque. The ADA sponsors the Norton M. Ross Award with the generous support of Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products, Division of McNeil-PPC, Inc.

Dr. William Dodge Named Dean of the Dental School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, announced that William W. Dodge, D.D.S., has been named Dean of the Dental School, effective April 1, 2013.

Dr. Dodge has been serving as Dean Ad Interim since June 2012 while former Dean Kenneth L. Kalkwarf, D.D.S., M.S., served as President Ad Interim during Dr. Henrich’s leave. Dr. Kalkwarf, who served as Dean of the Dental School for 24 years, is serving as Special Assistant to the President and plans to retire this summer.

“Dr. Dodge successfully led the Health Science Center’s Dental School as Dean Ad Interim,” says Dr. Henrich. “Prior to that, he served as Vice Dean of the Dental School since 2004 and Associate Dean for Patient Care from 1996 through 2003. He joined the Health Science Center in 1978 after five years as a successful general dentist in San Antonio and two years as a captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps.”

Dr. Dodge holds the rank of Professor with tenure in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry. He received his B.S. in Biology at Trinity University in San Antonio and his D.D.S. at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

“Dr. Dodge is highly regarded by his colleagues in academic dentistry throughout the nation for his expertise in matters of accreditation of dental programs, competency assessment, evidence-based clinical education and financing of dental education. Dr. Dodge’s goal, shared by me and the faculty, is that the school be regarded as the finest dental school in our country," says President Henrich.

“His leadership and vision, most notably regarding the school’s clinical endeavors, helped the Dental School to be awarded Permanent University Funding to build a state-of-the-art Center for Oral Health Care & Research which will open next to the Medical Arts & Research Center in 2015. I have complete confidence that Dr. Dodge will lead the school in an exemplary manner in the years to come,” adds Dr. Henrich.

A major project for Dr. Dodge will be opening the new $95 million Center for Oral Health Care & Research. The 198,000-square-foot center will house all clinical training and patient care for the Dental School. The building will facilitate clinical research trials, which can generate advancements in innovation and patient care.

UTHealth School of Dentistry Welcomes New Faculty

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry welcomed several new faculty members this spring.

Karen F. Novak, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., has been named Associate Dean for Professional Development and Faculty Affairs at UTHealth. Dr. Novak joins the UTHealth School of Dentistry from ADEA where she served as Senior Director for Research and Analysis and Senior Vice President for Institutional Capacity Building. She has also held positions in academic leadership, including Director of Predoctoral Periodontics and Associate Director of Student Services, both at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine; and Director of Graduate Studies and Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, both at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.

She has also practiced privately and as part of an academic faculty practice. Her research focuses on biofilms and periodontal disease and oral-systemic and inflammatory connections of disease. She has been involved in numerous grant awards from National Institutes of Health/NIDCR, Department the Army, HRSA, NIA, and various university-level funding sources.

In addition to the role as associate dean for Professional Development & Faculty Affairs, Novak will serve as a professor in the Department of Periodontics & Dental Hygiene at the school.

Gary R. Badger, D.D.S., M.S., is the new Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at UTHealth School of Dentistry. Dr. Badger, a U.S. Army veteran, has been on the UTHealth School of Dentistry faculty since 2008 as a volunteer, teaching in the pediatric dentistry residency program while maintaining a private practice in College Station, Texas. He became a full-time faculty member in November 2012.

While serving in the military, Dr. Badger held several academic faculty appointments at dental schools in Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia and Maryland. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, as well as the Pierre Fauchard Academy and Delta Sigma Delta. He is also a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentistry.

Kalu U. Ogbureke, B.D.S., M.Sc., D.M.Sc., J.D., has been appointed the new Chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences at UTHealth School of Dentistry. Dr. Ogbureke joins the UTHealth School of Dentistry from Georgia Regents University College of Dental Medicine where he held a tenured position. He is certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and the American Board of Medical Malpractice. He is also a fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine and serves on the Board of Examiners of the American Board of Medical Malpractice.

This appointment marks Dr. Ogbureke’s return to the UTHealth School of Dentistry since he served in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department in the early 1990s.

Applications Now Open for the Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship Program for Health Professional and Health Policy Students

The New York Academy of Medicine is accepting applications for the Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship Program for Health Professional and Health Policy Students. These Fellowships will provide stipends to support outstanding medical, dental, nursing, public health, and public policy students wishing to participate in 8- to 10-week research and action programs and policy projects addressing the health needs of vulnerable urban populations. The application deadline is April 8, 2013.

Student projects will focus on transforming health care delivery systems and improving access to high-quality, cost-effective care, including preventive services, for low-income, uninsured, and minority urban populations, and/or early childhood health and development. The Fellowship program will also include several leadership sessions throughout the Fellowship period. Fellows will participate in a culminating event at which they will provide an oral presentation of their project, and will also be required to submit a written report within three months after the Fellowship period. On successfully completing the Fellowship, the students will join a Margaret Mahoney Fellows Alumni Association and will continue to be offered unique opportunities for career development.

There will be an initial cohort of five to seven Fellows with a planned increase to 10 Fellows per year as funding permits. Students will receive a stipend of $4,500 and a travel allowance of $500.

Eligible applicants must be students currently enrolled in medical, dental, nursing, public health, or public policy schools in the United States; must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, or authorized to work in the U.S. throughout the award period. Projects must be conducted over an eight- to ten-week period between June 1 and September 1, 2013 during the application year and must be conducted with or supervised by a senior professional mentor in an academic, government, or non-profit institution in the Greater New York/New Jersey area. The program will develop sites for these experiences and match them with selected applicants, or applicants may propose their own mentors and projects during the application process.

Applicants must complete an online application that requires uploading certain materials and forms. Click here to apply online.

NYUCD’s Juhee Jeong is Selected by American Association of Anatomists for its 2013 YAPA Award

New York University College of Dentistry’s (NYUCD) Juhee Jeong, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology, will be awarded the American Association of Anatomists’ (AAA) 2013 Keith and Marion Moore Young Anatomist’s Publication Award (YAPA) at the annual AAA Awards Banquet in Boston. The YAPA was created to recognize the best publication by a young anatomist in one of the society’s journals—The Anatomical Record, Anatomical Sciences Education, or Developmental Dynamics.

Dr. Jeong was selected for the 2013 YAPA for her paper, “Cleft Palate Defect of Dlx1/2-/- Mutant Mice Is Caused by Lack of Vertical Outgrowth in the Posterior Palate,” published in Developmental Dynamics (September 2012).

“The strength of the paper lies in its thorough analysis,” Jeong says. “We found novel connections between the Dlx genes and many other genes that had been known to be important for palate formation.”

Dr. Jeong and her team investigated the etiology underlying cleft palate of mouse mutants in which Dlx1 and Dlx2 genes were inactivated. They found that the posterior palate failed to grow in these mutants from the onset of palatogenesis. Additionally, cell proliferation rate and Cyclin D1 expression were reduced in the mutant posterior palate, and the expression of multiple known regulators of palatogenesis was affected in the mutants. The team concluded that Dlx1 and Dlx2 are crucial for early stages of palatogenesis.

Dr. Jeong is a developmental biologist at NYUCD, striving to understand the mechanisms by which cells acquire positional identity within embryonic tissue and thereby develop into a specific part of an organ. In particular, she is investigating the molecular genetic mechanisms behind craniofacial morphogenesis with emphasis on transcriptional regulation. Her laboratory utilizes multidisciplinary approaches including mouse genetics, genomics, biochemistry, and molecular biology.

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