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Release: Aug. 9, 2002

UI researchers receive $2.8 million for training program in oral health research

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.