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Mari Heslinga

Mari Heslinga (D2) Selected for the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program.

04/18/2014

Mari Heslinga, a second-year student with the College of Dentistry, has been accepted into the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program (PASP), part of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR).

PASP prepares public health and clinical health professions students to address population health challenges at the national and community level, seeking to meet the current and future health needs of the public. PASP provides mini-grant funds to selected students to implement a Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators project within students’ communities or at their academic institutions.

Since 2002, more than 500 students from over 160 academic institutions have become Paul Ambrose Scholars. The program is named after Paul Ambrose, M.D., M.P.H., a rising star in the medical community who lost his life on September 11, 2001, in the American Airlines flight 77 crash. His commitment to promoting public health and preventing disease was a critical force in the development of The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity for which he served as a senior editor. Following his personal vision, PASP supports leadership development for students pursuing careers in preventive medicine and public health.

As a 2014 PASP Scholar, Mari will attend the Student Leadership Symposium in Washington, District of Columbia, from June 20-22, 2014. Mari will be among 40 health professions students from across the country. During the Symposium, scholars will gain a deeper understanding of the complexities and varying attitudes toward public health and learn methods to affect change in their own community. Past Symposium speakers include prominent public health officials such as Surgeons General, Assistant Secretaries for Health and other governmental officials, industry experts, and veteran public health practitioners.

Each student scholar will receive a $200.00 stipend after completing the Symposium activities. The stipend will be used to implement a community-based project addressing one of the Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators (LHIs). Student scholars have up to one year to complete their projects and request reimbursement for their project-related expenses (up to $350.00).

Mari is very excited to become part of the program, and is thankful to her mentor, Dr. Steve Levy, Preventive & Community Dentistry, for his support and his time. Mari says, “This is going to be a great project to work on.”

The Daily Iowan article features COD and its technology

The Daily Iowan article features COD and its technology.

04/17/2014

The Daily Iowan article features the growing use of technology and how the College of Dentistry is keeping up with the trend.

April issue of JADA

Dr. Sath Allareddy and co-authors published a lead article in the April issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).

04/14/2014

Dr. Sath Allareddy, along with co-autors Romesh Nalliah, Min Kyeong Lee, Veerajalandhar Allareddy and Sankeerth Rampa, published a lead article in the April issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA). The article, titled Hospital-Based Emergency Department Visits Involving Dental Conditions: Profile and Predictors of Poor Outcomes and Resource Utilization, examines how untreated dental conditions may progress to severe lesions and lead to emergency visits to hospitals. The study reviewed trends in hospital-based emergency department (ED) visits involving dental conditions and associated patient charges.

The study examined data (2008 – 2010) from ED visits involving patients with a diagnosis of either dental caries, pulpal or periapical lesions, gingival or periodontal conditions, or mouth cellulitis or abscess. The authors found that about one percent of all ED visits in this country involved a dental condition. About 40.5 percent of all dental condition-related ED visits were uninsured patients. The mean hospital ED charge per visit was approximately $760.

The study determined patients without insurance are at high risk of seeking dental care in ED settings, and patients with mouth cellulitis, periodontal conditions and numerous comorbidities are likely to experience higher charges. The authors concluded that dental conditions can be treated more effectively in a dental office than in hospital-based settings.

For more information on this article, contact Dr. Sath Allareddy, associate professor, Department of Orthodontics, College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics, the University of iowa.

outreach clinic

An ADEA article about underserved areas being served by recent grads.

04/09/2014

A new article published in the latest issue of the American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) scholarly publication, the Journal of Dental Education (JDE), illustrates the need for dental schools to become actively involved in recruiting students to practice dentistry in underserved areas. The article provides an example for how to implement such a program.

“Every state school has the responsibility to work to assure a dental workforce for their state,” said David C. Johnsen, D.D.S., M.S., Dean of The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics (UI COD).

The JDE article, “Retaining New Dentists in Iowa: A Role for Dental Schools in Facilitating Graduates’ Connections to Practice Opportunities in Underserved Areas,” shows how UI COD addressed the concomitant problems of having an aging dental workforce and a high percentage of counties designated as Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (DHPSAs) in the state of Iowa. The article was written by Debra A. Hoyle, B.S.W.; Penni M. Ryan, B.L.S., C.P.P.; Jed S. Hand, D.D.S., M.H.S.A.; Peter Damiano, D.D.S., M.P.H.; and Galen B. Schneider, D.D.S., Ph.D.

In June 2006, the college, along with grant support from Delta Dental of Iowa, created the Office of Iowa Practice Opportunities (OIPO) to promote dental practice opportunities throughout the state. The office and its advisory committee developed and defined a list of six objectives to improve dentistry in Iowa: (1) develop and maintain a web-accessible database of dental practice opportunities, (2) coordinate a student-mentor program, (3) develop a network of partners to assist in identifying and working with communities seeking a dentist, (4) sponsor presentations to dental students highlighting the advantages of practice in Iowa and providing information on available resources, (5) travel to predominantly rural Iowa communities to help those communities recruit dentists and (6) facilitate communications between students and those offering practice opportunities.

Since the establishment of the OIPO, the number of dentists under the age of 40 in Iowa has increased 77%. These dentists now compose 29% of Iowa’s dental workforce. The number of counties designated as DHPSAs also has decreased from 79 to 68. As of June 30, 2012, the OIPO had coordinated 141 placements for practices in 63 Iowa communities, and 70 of these placements were in rural communities. Moreover, an average of 25 students, in the typically 75-student graduating class, go on to pursue practice opportunities in the state following graduation.

The success of Iowa’s program prompted several other schools to consult with the college to develop their own programs. The authors believe that the OIPO could be used as a model for other statewide dental organizations.

“We see this as an opportunity for our college to add value to our state and university as well,” said Dr. Johnsen. “This program has become a key component in our efforts to recruit students from all over Iowa and to make it attractive to serve Iowa’s citizens.”

Access the full report at www.jdentaled.org. To learn more about the ADEA Journal of Dental Education, visit www.adea.org/jde.

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Student Showcase at Des Moines Hawkeye Caucus Day

04/02/2014

IowaNow article features UI students, including College of Dentistry predoctoral students, connecting with state leaders.

Satheesh Elangovan

Dr. Satheesh Elangovan, Department of Periodontics, has received a one-year Academy of Oseointegration grant for $14,500.

03/31/2014

Dr. Satheesh Elangovan, Department of Periodontics, has received a one-year Academy of Osseointegration grant for $14,500. The grant will be used for his research project, "An in vitro Assessment of a Tissue Engineering Titanium Surface for Enhanced Peri-Implant Healing."

Dr. Veerasathpurush Allareddy, Department of Orthodontics; Dr. Liu Hong, Department of Prosthodontics; and Dr. Aliasger Salem, College of Pharmacy, will be co-investigators on the grant. Dr. Georgia Johnson, head of the Department of Periodontics, and Clark Stanford, associate dean for research, will be consultants.

Sreedevi Srinivasan

Dr. Sreedevi Srinivasan, Department of Orthodontics, has received an award from the AAOF Foundation.

03/31/2014

Dr. Sreedevi Srinivasan, Department of Orthodontics, has received a one-year $15,000 Orthodontic Faculty Development Fellowship Award from the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation (AAOF).

The award will support her research project, "Assessment of Jaw Growth Using Biomarkers in Saliva and Gingival Crevicular Fluid: A Pilot Study." Her co-investigators will include Dr. Brad Amendt, UI College of Medicine, and Dr. Deborah Dawson, Biostatistics Unit. Dr. Andrew Norris and Dr. Jeff Murray, both College of Medicine, will be consultants. Dr. Thomas Southard, Department of Orthodontics chair, will be an advisor.

Richard Walton

Dr. Richard Walton, faculty emeritus, Department of Endodontics, is a co-author on a fifth edition of Endodontics: Principles and Practice.

03/31/2014

Dr. Richard Walton, faculty emeritus, Department of Endodontics, is a co-author on a fifth edition of Endodontics: Principles and Practice.

Drs. Mahmoud Torabinejad, Loma Linda University, and Ashraf Fouad, University of Maryland, are the other two co-authors. The text will be released in April.

Several UI Department of Endodontics faculty and former UI graduate students wrote chapters for the book, which includes a video with the book's purchase.

The text will be used throughout the UI dental students' curriculum.

Ben Nashleanas

A research article published by Ben Nashleanas (D3) is currently the Editor's Choice for the online journal BMC Oral Health.

03/31/2014

A research article published by Ben Nashleanas (D3) has been the Editor's Choice for the online journal BMC Oral Health.

Ben's article, "Career influences among final year dental students who plan to enter private practice," can be found at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcoralhealth.

Co-authors includes Drs. Susan McKernan, Raymond Kuthy, and Fang Qian, Department ofl Preventive & Community Dentistry. Drs. Kuthy and McKernan are Ben's mentors.

Lily Garcia

Dr. Lily Garcia, associate dean for education, is the new chair of the Board of Directors of the American Dental Education Association.

03/31/2014

Dr. Lily Garcia, associate dean for education, is the new chair of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Board of Directors. She assumed the position during the recent 2014 ADEA annual meeting, which was held in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Garcia's responsibilities as chair will be to facilitate the goals of ADEA and serve as presiding officer of the ADEA House of Delegates.

Carol Fischer

Dr. Carol Fischer has been selected as the 2014 Oklahoma Division of Student Assistance Programs' TRiO achiever awardee.

03/04/2014

Dr. Carol Fischer, postdoctoral research fellow, Dows, has been selected as the 2014 Oklahoma Division of Student Assistance programs' TRiO achiever awardee.

During her undergraduate education, Dr. Fischer participated in the McNair Scholar's Program, which is part of a group of federally funded programs collectively known as "TRiO." The McNair program seeks out first general undergraduate students who are interested in education beyond a bachelor's degree to cultivate, encourage, and help them attain a graduate school status. Participating students become involved in research projects, special classes, seminars, and conferences, and are assigned an additional mentor to help them.

As the awardee, Dr. Fischer will present at both state and regional conferences and will also serve as the state representative of the TRiO program.

Veeratrishul Allareddy

Dr. Veeratrishul Allareddy, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the DICOM Standards Committee.

03/04/2014

Dr. Veeratrishul Allareddy, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Digital Imaging and Communications (DICOM) Standards Committee. Among his responsibilities, Dr. Allareddy has been involved with the extensive revamping and correction of standards related to dental radiology. As a part of the revamping, the DICOM Standards Committee has produced a Correction Package CP 375, which has been recently approved to be included as a part of the DICOM Standard.

Elham Kateeb

Dr. Elham Kateeb, adjunct lecturer in the Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, has been selected to receive the Olav Alvares Award for best article published in Journal of Dental Education (JDE) in 2013 by a junior scholar.

03/04/2014

Dr. Elham Kateeb, adjunct lecturer in the Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry and a research associate at the UI Public Policy Center, has been selected to receive the Olav Alvares Award for best article published in Journal of Dental Education (JDE) in 2013 by a junior scholar. Her article, "Teaching atraumatic restorative trreatment in U.S. dental schools: a survey of predoctoral pediatric dentistry program directors," was published in the October 2013 issue of JDE. Dr Kateeb will receive her ward during the upcoming 2014 American Dental Education Association (ADEA) annual session. Co-authors of her article include Drs. John Warren and Peter Damiano, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry; Dr. Elizabeth Momany; Dr. Michael Kanellis, Clinic Administration; Dr. Karen Weber-Gasparoni, Department of Pediatric Dentistry; and Dr. Timothy Ansley.

Dr. Kateeb received an MPH from the University of Massachusetts in 2005 and her PhD in oral science from the University of Iowa in 2012. She also passed her dental public health board exams in 2013. Dr. John Warren, Preventive & Community Dentistry, was her UI mentor.

Azeez Butali

Dr. Azeez Butali, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine, and Dows, has received a three-year NIH grant.

03/04/2014

Dr. Azeez Butali, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, and Dows, has received a three-year grant from the U.S. Deparment of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health. The first year's amount is $224,000.

The goal of his project, "Genetic Studies of Nonsyndromic Clefts in Populations of African Descent," is to understand the complex genetic etiology of orofacial clefts (OFC) by determining the genetic variations that contribute to OFC in homogenous African populations and relate these findings to prevention and clinical management of the disease. The study will also focus on genome-wide association studies (common variant association studies (CVAS) and rare variant association studies (RVAS) of non-syndromic clefts using homogenous samples from Africa.

Dr. William Giannobile

Dr. William Giannobile was the keynote speaker for 61st Meeting of Iowa Section of AADR.

02/21/2014

The 61st Annual Meeting of the Iowa Section of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) was held at the College of Dentistry on February 11, 2014. There were 88 presenters (faculty, students, and staff) for this year's Local Research Day. The awards banquet was held that evening at the Coralville Holiday Inn.

Dr. William Giannobile, Najjar Endowed Professor of Dentistry & Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and College of engineering, was the keynote speaker. His presentation was "Oral and Periodontal Regenerative Medicine: Prospects for the Future."

Dr. Giannobile has published and lectured about periodontal regenerative medicine and tissue engineering and has also authored several textbooks in clinical research and periodontal research methodologies. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Dental Research and a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and several biotechnology companies focused on regenerative medicine. Dr. Giannobile is a diplomate of the American Board of periodontology and maintains a private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan, that is limited to periodontics and implantology.

Ghadeer Thalji

Dr. Ghadeer Thalji receives an ITI Foundation Grant.

02/21/2014

Dr. Ghadeer Thalji, Department of Prosthodontics, has received a one-year, $48,000 International Team for Implantology (ITI) Foundation Grant.

Dr. Thalji will conduct a cross-sectional observational study, where she will place two SLAactive Standard Plus Straumann implants (4.1x6 mm) in edentulous sites of 12 systematicallly healthy, non-obese human subjects and 12 obese type 2 diabetics. One implant will subsequently be removed after 3 and 7 days. Total RNA will be isolated from cells adherent to retrieved implants. Expression of M2 markers and key osteoblastic transcription factors (RUNX2 and OSX) will be analyzed by real-time quantitative PCR method.

Co-investigators include Dr. Clark Stanford, Department of Prosthodontics and Dows, and Dr. Deborah Dawson, director of the Biostatistics Unit.

Daniel Caplan

Dr. Daniel Caplan receives a Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation Grant.

02/21/2014

Dr. Daniel Caplan, head of the Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, has received a one-year, $25,000 grant from the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation. The grant money will be used for his project, "Association between Dental Treatment and Time-to-Death among Nursing Home Residents of Eastern Iowa." The goal of the project is to describe the types and timing of dental treatment provided to 586 nursing home residents in four Eastern Iowa counties and to evaluate whether that treatment is related to time-to-death in that population.

Dr. Tariq Ghazal, a graduate student in the oral sciences PhD program, is currently working with Dr. Caplan on the data analysis.

Drs. Julie Holloway and Anne Williamson

Drs. Julie Holloway and Anne Williamson have been selected to participate in the ADEA Leadership Institute.

02/21/2014

Drs. Julie Holloway, head of the Department of Prosthodontics, and Anne Williamson, Department of Endodontics, have been selected to participate in the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute.

The one-year program helps individuals from U.S. dental institutions develop skills in decision making, priority setting, and conflict resolution; expand their administrative skills; become an advocate of national policy making; and further develop their career plans.

Isabelle Denry

Dr. Isabelle Denry, Department of Prosthodontics and Dows, has been appointed to the editorial board of Journal of Dental Research (JDR).

02/21/2014

Dr. Isabelle Denry, Department of Prosthodontics and Dows, has been appointed to the editorial board of Journal of Dental Research (JDR).

Dr. Deborah Dawson, director of the Biostatistics Unit, is also currently an editorial board member of JDR.

Dr. William V. Giannobile, University of Michigan, is currently the editor-in-chief of JDR. He was the keynote speaker for the 61st Annual Meeting of the Iowa Section of the American Association for Dental Research, which was held February 11.

Thomas Crary

Thomas Crary (D2) has been selected to receive an ADAF Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarship.

02/21/2014

Thomas Crary (D2) has been selected to receive a $2,500 American Dental Association Foundation (ADAF) Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year. The goal of the ADAF dental student scholarship program is to facilitate the education of academically gifted dental students.

Michael Finkelstein

Michael W. Finkelstein, 1951-2013: In Memoriam.

01/03/2014

Michael W. Finkelstein was born in Los Angeles, California.  His family relocated to Carthage, Illinois, when he was only six months old to be near his mother’s family. As an adolescent, he worked in the family business. Following completion of a BS degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois and a DDS degree from the University of Iowa in 1976, Mike served our country as a captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps.  Mike returned to Iowa and while undergoing specialty training, he met Twila, the love of his life. They were married in 1980.  Mike completed a certificate and MS degree in oral and maxillofacial pathology at the University of Iowa in 1982.  Mike was a Fellow in the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

Mike was hired by the College of Dentistry where he taught histology, anatomy and oral pathology for 31 years.  Additionally, he taught histology for the University of Iowa College of Medicine and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Mike was the consummate role model for the students, colleagues and patients who were touched by his gentle demeanor.  He taught without bravado, never sought the limelight and gave credit to others for his accomplishments. Mike always put the needs of his students first and foremost. He was a kind, inspiring spirit for the now tens of thousands of people who were touched by him. Mike had a rare gift for reaching out to every person he met with an always upbeat manner.  He had high standards that he carried gracefully. Over the decades, countless people have said they are better people for having known Mike.

In recognition of his teaching and educational research accomplishments, his students presented him with Distinguished Instructor of the Year Awards 34 times, and the College bestowed on Mike the first Centennial Endowed Professor of Teaching & Curriculum. In further recognition of his accomplishments, he received the University of Iowa President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence, the James H. McLeran Faculty Award, and the President's Award by the Iowa Dental Association.

Michael was a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church where he shared his passion for education by serving on the Education Committee, teaching adult Sunday school and youth confirmation classes.

Mike is preceded in passing by his mother and father, Martha Jane and Samuel Marion Finkelstein. He is survived by his loving wife Twila, his daughter, Rachel, and granddaughter, Kylie Hoskins, who reside in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; stepdaughters, Angela Harthoorn Houston,  her husband, Doug, and children, Sydney, Jackson, and Evan who reside in Johnston, Iowa; and Amy Harthoorn Bode and family: husband Brian and children Bailey and Kerrigan who reside in Keokuk, Iowa.

 Michael’s family want to express a loving thank you to his wonderful working family at the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry for their support during his long tenure, and during his recent illness.  A memorial celebration service is being planned for Saturday, January 18, 2014.  Details can be found on the Gay & Ciha web site, http://www.gayandciha.com/ where you are encouraged to share your stories.