Operative Events

Fall Picnic 2021

Operative held its annual Fall Picnic in September at a local park.  It was a beautiful afternoon to enjoy the outdoors and cuisine from a delicious food truck.  The children almost outnumber the adults and it was so much fun to watch them play and grow together

A group from Operative took the challenge of canoeing the Maquoketa river in August.  Working in pairs to navigate the river,  all 12 canoes made it back safely and only a few got wet.  

The Operative Dentistry Department celebrated another successful academic year during the annual Spring Banquet on June 2nd.  Student awards were presented, faculty and staff years of services were honored and graduating residents were congratulated.

Operative's graduating residents were celebrated with a picnic on May 22nd at Kent Park.  Delicious BBQ and cuisine from around the world was had by all along with outdoor activities.

Operative News

AAC

Iowa was well represented at the joint American Academy of Cariology and AAPD Meeting

Thursday, June 16, 2022
The American Academy of Cariology (AAC) held its 6th Annual Conference, "Caries Prevention in a Modern World: Infants, Children, Adolescents and Special Health Care Needs Population," in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Several faculty presented their research and Sandra Guzman-Armstrong was elected president of the AAC.
Hong Chen

Iowa Dental Faculty Lead National Effort on Advancing Predoctoral Dental Education in Temporomandibular Disorders

Thursday, May 12, 2022
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are the second-most common form of musculoskeletal pain, affecting up to one-third of Americans. Iowa dental faculty are on the cutting-edge of TMD care and are leading the way in ensuring that dental students receive adequate and proper education for understanding, preventing, and treating TMD.
Ariene Leme-Kraus

Iowa Dentistry Faculty Receive Industry Grant to Study Dental Desensitizers

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Phoenix Dental awarded Ariene Leme-Kraus and Marcos Vargas a $15,000 grant for their project In Vitro Study to Evaluate the Efficacy of Potassium Oxalate Dental Desensitizer Formulas. This collaboration shows the value of academic-industry collaboration between the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and its industry partners.
Ariene Leme-Kraus and Eric Teixeira

Iowa Dentistry Faculty Receive Industry Grant for Restorative Dental Materials Research

Thursday, March 31, 2022
A German Pharmaceutical company awarded Ariene Leme-Kraus and Erica Teixeira a $10,000 grant for their project investigating the effectiveness of a newly developed glass-ionomer dental material. In particular, the project will evaluate whether this novel dental material can effectively be used to treat root tooth decay.
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.
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.  
Cristina Vidal working in her lab

NIH Awards Cristina Vidal $700K+ Grant

Friday, July 2, 2021
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) awarded Cristina Vidal, assistant professor in the Department of Operative Dentistry, a 5-year grant totaling over $700K for her research project studying the relationship between caries and the oral microbiome.