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2024 College of Dentistry Alumni Reunion

Friday, September 13 8:30am to Saturday, September 14, 2024 7:00pm
The College of Dentistry Alumni Reunion Weekend is scheduled for Sept. 13-14, 2024 for class years ending in 4s and 9s. 
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News

Akimasa Tsujimoto

Iowa Operative Dentist Receives Industry Grant to Investigate Restorative Dental Materials

Thursday, March 3, 2022
A Japanese dental materials and equipment manufacturer awarded Akimasa Tsujimoto, associate professor of Operative Dentistry, an $18,000 grant for his project evaluating the bonding performance of newly developed self-adhesive resin luting cement which can be used with or without a universal adhesive to various substrates. The aim is to determine whether this resin luting cement can improve the durability of dental esthetic restorations.
Iowa with a heart on Johnson County

Iowa Ranks Highly in Key Metrics for Dental Colleges

Thursday, February 17, 2022
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics is a national leader in NIDCR research funding, dental education research, and the amount of patient care experiences that dental students receive.
Sukirth Ganesan and his research team

Developing a Comprehensive Understanding the Oral Microbiome and Its Impact on Overall Health

Thursday, February 17, 2022
Sukirth Ganesan and his team are using a multi -omics approach to study the relationship between periodontal disease and metabolic syndrome. The National Institutes of Health awarded them a R03 grant for over $300,000 for this project. The project will determine the precise relationship between these conditions, which could help prevent disease or provide early indicators of disease and possible avenues for treatment at an early stage of the condition.
Azeez Butali

The Genetics of Cleft Lip and Palate for the Zulu Population in South Africa

Thursday, February 10, 2022
The nonprofit organization, Smile Train, awarded Iowa professor Azeez Butali a $40,000 grant to study the genetic causes of cleft lip and palate among the Zulu population in South Africa. Butali is an internationally recognized expert in the genetics of cleft lip and palate, particularly among African populations. Butali is working with Thriona Naicker, a trained Medical Geneticist and PhD student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Butali serves as Naicker’s mentor for his dissertation research.
Rosalie Reddick Miller and Rufus P. Beshears

Iowa Trailblazers: The First Black Graduates of the College of Dentistry

Thursday, February 3, 2022
Rufus P. Beshears (1909) and Rosalie Reddick Miller (1958) were two of the first Black graduates of the College of Dentistry. Black history month at the College of Dentistry is an opportunity for us to look at our past, celebrate the accomplishments of our esteemed alumni, and drive us to become a more inclusive community for our students, alumni, staff, and faculty.
50 years of the free medical and dental clinic

Iowa City Free Medical and Dental Clinic Celebrates Its 50-Year Anniversary

Thursday, January 20, 2022
For 50 years, the Iowa City Free Medical and Dental Clinic has served the local community and partnered with the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics. Numerous College of Dentistry faculty, staff, and students have been vital to the success of the free dental clinic.
Clark Stanford

Clark Stanford named dean of the UI College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics

Thursday, January 6, 2022
Clark Stanford, distinguished professor and dean of the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois Chicago, has been named dean of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics. He also will hold the Edwin Green Chair in Dental Leadership and will begin on April 1.
Jennifer Sukalski discussing her research with Susan McKernan

Improving Dental Outcomes for Underserved Populations

Thursday, December 16, 2021
After working as a dental hygienist for several years, PhD candidate Jennifer Sukalski began pursuing health disparities research on access and use of dental care in Iowa. Her research looks at barriers to dental care in a holistic manner taking into account perceived social status.
Xi Chen and his research team

Incorporating Dental Care into Palliative Care

Thursday, December 9, 2021
Palliative care is a specialized form of health care that attempts to meet the needs of the whole patient, taking into account each patient’s values and goals to make informed decisions about managing pain and treatments. Xi Chen is bringing insights about palliative care to dentistry, focusing on improving oral health awareness, relieving pain, and helping a patient live as well as possible for the rest of their life.
Bob and Jerilee Williams at their front door with their dogs

Alumni Provide Funds for Advanced Training Opportunities in Operative Dentistry

Thursday, December 9, 2021
Bob Williams (’73 D.D.S.) and Jerilee Williams generously donated $150,000 to the Operative Dentistry Advanced Education Program to support, promote and achieve excellence in Operative Dentistry through enhanced training opportunities provided through the Advanced Education Program and its residents.  
Students studying outdoors at Iowa Memorial Union

78 %

of iowa dentists graduated from the University of Iowa college of Dentistry

Graduating dental students

10 th

national ranking for research funding

Pediatric Patient Smiles

90 %

of incoming dental students chose Iowa because of the innovative curriculum