The annual meetings of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) were held consecutively over Spring Break in Portland, Oregon. These meetings were held fully in person for the first time since 2020.

Iowa was well represented at both meetings with 4 presentations at ADEA and 39 oral presentations at the AADOCR. A gallery of images from the AADOCR in Portland is below. As is typical, Iowa had one of the largest contingents of researchers presenting at the AADOCR. 

Building on the strength of Iowa's excellent Dental Student Research Program, 11 dental students presented their research at the conference. Numerous faculty members from other institutions commented about the quality and rigor of our student research presentations.

Two students, third-year dental student Colton Curtis and fourth-year dental student Cyrus Mansouri placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in the National Student Research Group's 411 competition in the Clinical Science/Public Health Category.  Mansouri and Curtis are shown below with third-year dental student Arshi Mungal, who represented Iowa as the National Student Research Group's Counselor-elect this past year.

Cyrus Mansouri, Arshi Mungal, and Colton Curtis

Mary Young also represented Iowa at the AADOCR in the Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and Its Application (SCADA) at the 2023 AADOCR Annual Meeting. Azeez Butali, professor of oral pathology, radiology, and medicine, was Young's mentor, and he was recognized with a Mentor Award as part of the competition. 

Azeez Butali and Mary Young