CONTACT: C. LINDON LARSON
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-9569; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Aug. 9, 2002
UI researchers receive $2.8 million for training program in oral health
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), one
of the National Institutes of Health, has announced a five-year, $2.8 million
award to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry for a Comprehensive Institutional
Training Program in Oral Health Research.
The training program will provide a continuum of training opportunities
spanning all career stages, ranging from short-term training initiatives for
dental students to programs of research training at the masters, doctoral
and post-doctoral levels, as well as training for junior and mid-career faculty
members who seek to update research skills.
The research areas in which this training will occur reflect the strengths
of the UI College of Dentistry and the allied health sciences colleges at
the UI. These research areas include biomaterials and tissue engineering,
oral mucosal disease, caries and fluoride research, and craniofacial biology.
This comprehensive range of programs is designed to develop dental scholars
capable of meeting the considerable challenges in dental education and oral
health research nationwide.
Christopher Squier, Ph.D., D.Sc., UI professor of oral pathology, radiology
and medicine, and associate dean for research and graduate studies in the
college, will direct the program. John Keller, Ph.D., professor of oral and
maxillofacial surgery and dean of the UI Graduate College, will serve as associate
director. Janet Guthmiller, D.D.S., Ph.D., associate professor of periodontics
and director of the college's Dental Student Research Program, will direct
the dental student research component. Clark Stanford, D.D.S., Ph.D., director
of the college's Office of Clinical Research and the Centennial Professor
of Clinical Research in the UI department of prosthodontics, will be responsible
for faculty development.
The NIDCR award represents a continuation of research training support to
the UI College of Dentistry from the National Institutes of Oral and Craniofacial
Research, which has supported the existing Institutional Dentist-Scientist
and Dental Student Research Programs for more than 17 years.