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Mary Young with her mentor Azeez Butali

Spearheading an International Network of Cleft Lip and Palate Research for African Populations

Thursday, January 18, 2024
Azeez Butali is a global leader in cleft lip and palate research and the world’s foremost expert in the genetics of these conditions in African populations. As part of his research mission, he has also spearheaded the formation of a diverse, international network of researchers in Africa and the US to develop, refine, and apply their findings for the benefit of African populations and their genetic descendants. 
Azeez Butali

NIH awards supplemental grant to dental faculty member

Thursday, August 24, 2023
Azeez Butali is extending his research on the genetics of orofacial clefts in African populations so that his team improve the reception and acceptance of genetic information found in their studies.
Azeez Butali

Iowa dental faculty receive grant to investigate genetic factors associated with periodontitis

Thursday, August 3, 2023
The National Institutes of Health via the University of Kentucky awarded Azeez Butali and Erliang Zeng a grant to identify genome-wide genetic susceptibility variants around the world.
Azeez Butali

Iowa dental researcher receives supplemental NIH award

Thursday, September 15, 2022
Building on his February 2020 NIH grant, Azeez Butali, professor in the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine, was awarded a $133,526 supplemental award to identify the mental health challenges among African mothers and their children affected by orofacial clefts.
Second-year dental students with faculty and residents of the year

Second-year dental students recognize faculty and residents of the year

Thursday, June 23, 2022
Each year, second-year dental students select faculty and residents for their work as teachers over the course of the D2 curriculum. This year, they selected Nidhi Handoo and Salah Abuhammoud as faculty of the year, and Derrick Bisnett and Veronica Sule as residents of the year.
OPRM students with their awards

2023 OPRM Award Winners

Thursday, June 2, 2022
On May 11, 2023, the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine (OPRM) held their annual student award luncheon.This luncheon is an opportunity to celebrate the successes of OPRM students and to recognize their accomplishments.
All four OPRM award winners

2022 OPRM Award Winners

Thursday, June 2, 2022
On May 12, 2022, the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine (OPRM) held their annual student award luncheon. This luncheon is an opportunity to celebrate the successes of OPRM students and to recognize their accomplishments.
Azeez Butali with Waheed Awotoye

Butali recognized for his efforts as a mentor

Thursday, May 19, 2022
Butali serves as a mentor to numerous other students and researchers, and on May 12, he received a Faculty Award recognizing those efforts. Butali’s students shared their appreciation with the Hawkeye Smile for their mentor.
NIH

Two Iowa Dental Students Earn NIH Student Research Awards

Thursday, March 24, 2022
Second-year dental students Frank Boksa and Mary Young have been awarded NIH Summer Dental Student Research Awards to conduct research at the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research in Maryland.
Three women dental students examining an x-ray

UI Impacting Future of Women in Dentistry Since 1887

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Starting with our first female graduate, Jessie Ritchey, in 1887 and continuing to this day, Iowa has proven itself a trailblazer for women in dentistry. The Class of 2024 is the first in the University of Iowa College of Dentistry’s history to have more female students than male students—helping move the national dentistry workforce closer to gender parity.