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Feb. 7, 2003

Iowa Dental Research Group Celebrates 50 Years Of Discovery

The Iowa section of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) will mark its 50th anniversary during the group's annual meeting Feb. 18 at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. The meeting will include a keynote address by Lawrence Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D., director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, part of the National Institutes of Health.

"This is a chance to showcase many of our accomplishments at the College of Dentistry and the UI," said John Warren, D.D.S., assistant professor of preventive and community dentistry and president of the Iowa AADR section. UI students, staff and faculty members will present their work during the meeting, and plenary sessions will address landmarks in clinical research and opportunities for research training.

Though dental research at the UI dates back to 19th century, it began to grow rapidly during the mid-1950s, when administrators at the College of Dentistry launched graduate programs for dentists and began recruiting faculty members with advanced degrees. The Dental Science Building constructed in the late-1960s incorporated research facilities, and in 1976 the Sutherland and Judith Dows family of Cedar Rapids pledged a gift that created the Dows Institute for Dental Research at the UI.

UI research strengths today include expertise in facial growth and development, the study and prevention of tooth decay, oral soft tissue research, restorative materials and clinical research, and oral health care for older patients. The UI also continues to be an important site for training new dental researchers.

Today a division of the International Association for Dental Research, the AADR was established in 1920 in New York. Its primary missions are advancing research that improves oral health, supporting and representing the oral health research community, and facilitating the communication and application of research findings.

Tabak's address and accompanying events are open to the public. They will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Galagan Auditorium at the UI Dental Science Building.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5141 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT(S): Lin Larson, 319/335-9569, Program Contact: John Warren, D.D.S., 319/335-7205