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The goal of the HRSA grant that will fund more rotations to community clinics is to have students become more comfortable with providing oral healthcare to youngsters.

Health Department, they will serve special needs patients. At the Englewood Neighborhood Health Center Woman, Infants, and Children Clinic on 63rd Street, they will perform screenings on young children and provide education to parents. The HRSA grant also funds communitybased experiences for students in all of their

years in dental school. For DMD students, “In the D-1 year, the students go to the Chicago Public Schools or other schools to provide oral health education,” Noorullah explained. “In the D-2 year, they will be going to a UI Health Mile Square Health Center, a federally qualified health center operated by the University of Illinois Hospital & Clinics, and they will provide patient education. In the D-3 year they will go to the three sites [mentioned above], and in the D-4 year they will continue go to community clinics for 16 weeks. “So now, throughout the four years of our curriculum, there are service learning community-based experiences for our students,” Noorullah said.

College Makes an Impact on #IGNITEGivingTuesday

Students, faculty, and staff helped the College in Changing the Future of Oral Health by contributing to #IGNITEGivingTuesday on Nov. 28. #IGNITEGivingTuesday, the University’s focus on the global Giving Tuesday holiday, celebrated the importance of philanthropy by creating an opportunity for people to make an impact through giving. Whether their interest was students, faculty, staff, or College infrastructure, donors could contribute to various College funds online or at a table staffed by members of the College’s Office of Advancement team. The College

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raised more than $4,600 from more than 25 donors, besting last year’s dollar figure. In total, UIC raised more than $117,000. At the College, donors who contributed $5 or more received a silicone phone wallet. Photos of many of the donors were placed on social media. Dean Clark Stanford thanked members of the College for participating in #IGNITEGivingTuesday, noting that, “our College was very generous.” “Giving Tuesday demonstrates the tremendous collective power of giving at UIC,” said Jeff Nearhoof, Vice Chancellor for Advancement. The Giving Tuesday donations supported UIC’s larger campaign, IGNITE, which aims to raise $750 million over five years to advance UIC. “When the campaign is over, participants will have contributed to the impact we’ll have on our students and faculty, the new knowledge they pursue, and communities they serve,” Nearhoof said.

Arcolian Dental Arts Society Provides Support to College

The Arcolian Dental Arts Society was generous to the College at its Christmas Dinner Dance at the Park Ridge Country Club on Dec. 1. Arcolian Dr. Frank Maggio, Clinical Assistant Professor, Periodontics, and Arcolian President Dr. Stephen Esposito, presented Dean Clark Stanford with a check for $1,000 to support the College’s Service Learning Fund and A.C.E. (Achievement, Commitment, and Empowerment) Scholarship Fund. The donation was requested by Dr. Maggio as part of his being named Dean and UIC Distinguished Professor Clark Stanford, DDS, PhD, Prosthodontics, Associate Dean for Advancement Mark J. Valentino Editor-in-Chief William S. Bike

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Arcolian of the Year. The society also presented a scholarship for $2,000 to D-3 Andrew Bertagna. “I am very proud of both my Italian heritage and my career choice,” Bertagna said. “So, being recognized by a dental society composed of Italian-Americans is a great honor that I will always cherish.” He plans to use the money to support his researchrelated endeavors. Bertagna expressed his gratitude to all the members and executive board of the society “for seeing potential in me and recognizing it with an award.” He noted that, “when Italian immigrants first came to America, they operated in a close network, relying on their fellow immigrants for support and friendship. The Arcolians and organizations like theirs re-establish this old dynamic within a professional society by bringing together individuals of similar heritages, allowing for relationships between individuals of similar heritage to be established and flourish even in our modern, diversified society. “These organizations recognize intrinsic commonalities amongst dental professionals, as well as provide a neutral and causal form for neophytes within the profession to meet and establish relationships with and learn from older, more prominent members,” Bertagna said. “These societies also provide an opportunity for peers to remain in contact with each other long after graduation.” The Arcolian of the Year Dr. Frank Maggio, Arcolian of the Clinical Assistant Professor, PeriodonYear Award tics, and Arcolian President Dr. Stephen “recognizes Esposito, presented Dean Clark Stanmy work as a ford with a check for $1,000 to support periodontist, the College. as a faculty member and Alumni Board Director at the UIC College of Dentistry, as an active member of organized dentistry, and as a person of Italian-American heritage,” Dr. Maggio said. “I am proud and humbled that the society chose to honor me. “I also am proud of the close relationship between the Arcolians and the College,” he continued. “Dean Stanford and the faculty, staff, and students of the College understand the importance of the good works provided by the Arcolians, and the Arcolians understand that the future of the oral health profession is being created at UIC.” The society serves as a professional, social, and charitable organization for Italian-American dentists. For more information, contact Dr. Maggio at maggiof@ or (847) 312-3752.

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Advanced Prosthodontics Program Places Three of Six Finalists in National Competition

The Department of Restorative Dentistry’s Advanced Prosthodontic Program was recognized with three finalists in the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) John J. Sharry Research Award Competition. Dr. Ghaith Darwish, ’14, Prosthodontics ’17, earned second place in the competition for his research, “Improving Polymethyl Methacrylate Resin Using Novel Nana-Ceramic Coating.”

Left to right, Dr. Judy Yuan, Dr. Saad AlResayes, Dr. Ghaith Darwish, Dr. Randold Binns, and Dr. Bin Yang. Drs. AlResayes, Darwish, and Binns were Sharry contest honorees, and Drs. Yuan and Yang were among their mentors.  

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The other two finalists were third-year Advanced Prosthodontics Resident Dr. Saad AlResayes, honored for his research, “Corrosion Behavior of Ti 15Zr Dental Implant Alloy Compared to CpTi and Ti 6Al 4V Alloys,” and Dr. Randold Binns, Prosthodontics ’17, honored for his research, “Effect of Ultraviolet Radiation on Candida albicans Biofilm on Polymethyl Metharylate Resin.” Sponsored by the ACP Education Foundation, the John J. Sharry Prosthodontic Research Competition is held to stimulate and acknowledge original research in prosthodontics by residents.  The 2017 Sharry Research Competition was held during the Annual Session of the American College of Prosthodontists in San Francisco, Nov. 1 through 4. This highly competitive award requires eligible individuals to submit an abstract of their research. The Sharry Research Award Committee then identifies up to 12 individuals for submission of a complete manuscript for consideration.  From these manuscripts, six finalists are identified to present as part of the final competition at the ACP Annual Session.   “As part of an incredibly impressive showing, the UIC Advanced Prosthodontic Program made up three of the six finalists for the 2017 award competition,” said Dr. Stephen Campbell, Head, Restorative Dentistry.    The College’s Advanced Prosthodontics residents have scored impressive showings in the Sharry competition for several years. In 2014, Dr. Aram Kim,


Prosthodontics and MS Oral Sciences ’14, won first place. In the 2015 competition, Dr. Amy Au, Prosthodontics and MS Oral Sciences ’15, finished second. The 2016 competition saw the Advanced Prosthodontics place three finalists: Dr. Craig Sikora, Prosthodontics and MS Oral Sciences ’16, won first place; Dr. Virginia Hogsett, Prosthodontics and MS Oral Sciences ’16, won second place, and Dr. Alec Zurek, ’13, Prosthodontics and MS Oral Sciences ’16, was a finalist. Faculty mentors to Dr. Darwish, Dr. Binns, and Dr. AlResayes were Dr. Bin Yang, Dr. Stephen Campbell, Dr. Christos Takoudis, Dr. Cortino Sukotjo, Dr. Christine Wu, Dr. Kent Knoernschild, Dr. Judy Yuan, and Dr. Mathew Mathew. “This was a story of success, accomplishment, recognition, and a journey that we were all part of over the past three-plus years,” said Dr. Campbell. “The journey, the sharing, and the opportunity to work closely together at the very highest level of expectations are the most valuable parts of what we have all shared and the most important part of this story.”

Sparky Award Winners Named; Nominate a Colleague

The College presented the Sparky D. Dragon UIC College of Dentistry Customer Service Award to student Betti Shahin in December, and to Sharon Arrigo, Dental

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Unit Coordinator, Periodontics, in January. The award is presented to a person who shows excellence in care, concern, and support for our patients, students, faculty, and alumni; a high degree of professional Sparky Award winning student Betti conduct; exceeds Shahin, with Dr. Adriana Semprumexpectations; Clavier and Dr. Seema Ashrafi. promotes the missions of the College; supports diversity; and treats people with great respect. To nominate a member of the College community for the Sparky Award, log on to sparky-award, or contact William S. Bike, Director of Advancement Communications, at or (312) 996-8495.

process of identifying subjects and themes for future forum meetings and workshops.” He added that his first objective “is to conduct the forum in a manner that ensures all participants are engaged and recognize the value of their participation. I would like to help define forum meeting and workshop themes that provide a specific platform for oral health content and contribution narrative wherever possible.” While Dr. Evans noted that Dr. Caswell Evans, he will provide leadership for Co-Chair of the Global change where appropriate, Forum on Health Professional Education. “There is a strong history of process and production by the forum. I think change in forum processes would be evolutionary. The mainstream of connectivity is the diverse members’ collective interest in innovation in health professional education and its future.” Appointment as Co-Chair “is a great honor,” Dr. Evans concluded. “My background in oral health, dentistry, and public health is an excellent fit given the composition of the forum’s membership.”

Sharon Arrigo (sixth from left) with her Department of Periodontics colleagues.

Dr. Caswell Evans Named Co-Chair of Global Forum

Dr. Caswell Evans, Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences, recently was named Co-Chair of the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. The forum, started in 2012, is the largest ongoing, convening activity of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that brings together stakeholders from multiple nations and professions, to network and discuss issues within health professional education. There are 55 member organizations, including the American Dental Education Association, with 45 of them providing sponsorship support for forum activities. The membership represents 19 different health professions and includes affiliations with ten countries. Dr. Evans noted that his role “includes participating in planning meetings of the forum and the workshops and reports that it sponsors,” he said. “The Co-Chairs convene forum meetings and serve as moderators of the discussions. As Co-Chair, I will also participate in the February 2018

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Peruvian Periodontist Dr. Carmen Graves Joins Faculty

Dr. Carmen Graves has joined the College as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics. “I participate in the clinical instruction and supervision of the pre-doctoral students,” she explained. “I help them recognize the different conditions and diseases that affect the oral cavity, arrive at an appropriate periodontal diagnosis, and set treatment plan goals that accommodate the patients’ needs.” Dr. Graves noted that she “Would like to help form future generations of professionals who feel very confident and capable in providing excellent Dr. Carmen Graves. care to their patients,” she said. “Also, I treasure the relationship between a mentor and a student,” Dr. Graves continued. “I myself have had the opportunity to work with excellent clinicians and mentors during all my formative years as a student. I still maintain multiple mentors and they keep selflessly guiding me through the years. They are invaluable to my professional success. I hope to become like one of those mentors to my students, someone whom they can always reach for any clinical questions or professional advice.” Dr. Graves is originally from Peru and earned her DDS from Universidad Andina del Cusco and her MSc in periodontics from Universidad de San Martin de Porres, both in her home country. She also earned an MS in Oral Biology and a Certificate in Periodontics at Texas A&M’s Baylor College of Dentistry, and served as Chief Resident and as a Teaching Assistant at Baylor. In Peru, Dr. Graves noted, she “participated in multiple outreach oral health campaigns to less-privileged communities, and would love to continue doing that here.” She and her husband, Peter, enjoy traveling. “Learning more from other cultures is by far my favorite thing,” Dr. Graves said. “Last year, my husband and I took a two-month long road trip around the USA. We explored and learned so much—from the fishermen at Bar Harbor in Maine, to the Native Americans at the Hopi Reservation in Arizona.” Dr. Graves also is involved in competitive archery. To the students, Dr. Graves said, “I am so proud of all of you, because I know you have worked so hard to be able to be where you are and be part of this great institution. Some started working as dental assistants, and did externships, and those were baby steps on this path. A few more months or years, and you will accomplish a great goal, and join a most rewarding and beautiful profession. Let’s keep up the hard work, and do not be afraid to dream big!”


Dr. Sharif Mohammad Brings Experience from Several Dental Schools to UIC College of Dentistry

Dr. Sharif Mohammad recently joined the Department of Restorative Dentistry as a Clinical Assistant Professor. He brings experience from a variety of dental schools. Dr. Mohammad received his DDS from the Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poznan, Poland. He also completed a General Practice Residency in Poland. He performed a U.S. General Practice Residency at Forum Western Reserve Health Dental Services in Youngstown, OH, and then moved on to the University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry, where he completed a Fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry. Dr. Mohammad then did his specialty training in Prosthodontics while also earning a Master of Science in Dentistry at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. Dr. Mohammad has worked as a part-time Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and as a Clinical Instructor at UCLA’s dental school. As a researcher, he has focused on the clinical applications of biomaterials. The Journal of Dental Research and the Journal of Dental Biomaterials have published his research articles. “Dr. Mohammad will be teaching in the pre-patient care and clinical predoctoral Dr. Sharif Mohammad. program, including the predoctoral implant, fixed and complete denture programs,” said Dr. Stephen Campbell, Head, Restorative Dentistry.  “My goal is to excel in my position as an educator and faculty member of the College,” Dr. Mohammad said. “To make a difference and help students with understanding dental procedures in a way that makes sense to them.” He noted that he plans on “assisting in the implant and denture clinics. I have interests in new dental technology, implant dentistry, and high-quality aesthetic restorations.” In his limited spare time, Dr. Mohammad likes “to tinker with classic German automobiles.”    His wife, Marta Mohammad, is a special education teacher.

Delores Shields-Lewis Named Business Manager

Delores Shields-Lewis recently joined the College as Business Manager, responsible for communications and providing administrative assistance for the Office of Faculty Affairs and the Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration. Shields-Lewis most recently was a Human Resource

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Assistant with the Cook County Bureau of Human Resources. In her current role, as she learns more about the job and the department, Shields-Lewis noted, “I want to master the skills needed to perform more effectively and efficiently during the course of my career here. I want my performance to shine in a way that my team benefits and achieves the goals set forth Delores Shields-Lewis. by the department.” Shields-Lewis is justifiably proud of her education, noting, “I started on my education path late in life. Now I’m a career student.” She holds an associate’s degree in paralegal studies from Robert Morris College; a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Governors State University (GSU); a master’s degree in political justice and studies from GSU; a postgraduate certificate as a paralegal from Roosevelt University; a master’s degree in public administration from GSU; and certification as a mediator from the Center for Conflict Resolution. She also is proud of her family. Daughter Samantha, 32, has an MBA and is with the U.S. Social Security Administration. Daughter Samoan, 28, holds a BA and is a school teacher. Son Samuel, 18, is studying kinesiology/ exercise science at the University of Arizona. Shields-Lewis also has two grandchildren, William, 10, and Samaad, 4. Her father, Ernest Shields, a retired Chicago Transit Authority employee, is 82 and lives with her. “I can’t leave my dog out when talking about my family,” she said. “Rocky Shields is a six-year-old poodle mixed with shizu.”

Daniel Moon Joins College as Program Assistant-Digital Dentistry Daniel Moon has joined the College as a Program Assistant-Digital Dentistry within the Department of Restorative Dentistry. “I am responsible for supporting the educational programs and designing dental restorations using CAD/CAM technology for the College of Dentistry,” Moon said. “After the restoration has been milled out, we apply color and glaze to the restoration to match the patient’s natural teeth.” Moon hopes to “provide the best dental restorations by collaborating with the Daniel Moon. dental students and staff,” February 2018

he said. “With my expertise and connections, I hope to accomplish great things at UIC and always be on the cutting edge of technology.” He holds bachelor’s degrees in biology from Loyola University Chicago and in dental laboratory technology from Indiana University Ft. Wayne, where he founded the Dental Technology Association. He holds Registered Graduate Certification from the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology. Previously, Moon worked for Affordable Denture Dental Laboratory. Department of Restorative Dentistry Head Dr. Stephen Campbell said that Moon’s “leadership skills and desire to work for the benefit of underprivileged individuals is demonstrated in his work organizing dental mission events and providing dental care to underserved communities in Chicago.” “I love having the opportunity to serve at Mission of Mercy, which provides free dental care to the uninsured or low-income populations,” Moon said. “Last year at the Indiana Mission of Mercy, more than 6,000 patients were treated. We dental technicians had the opportunity to provide more than 80 dental prostheses over a span of two days.” When not working or volunteering, Moon said he enjoys “painting, drawing, bowling, going out with friends, and playing sports.”

Dr. Michael Miloro Performs Microneurosurgery on UI Health Nurse Tanya McCarter

In late 2016, Tanya McCarter, an administrative nurse in the Center for Women’s Health at the University of Illinois Hospital (UI Health), had her wisdom teeth removed - a typically straightforward oral procedure with few side effects other than some pain and swelling. Typically. But the next day, something was not right. “I had complete and total loss of feeling on the right side of my tongue,” McCarter Dr. Michael Miloro with UI Health nurse Tanya McCarter. said. The numbness continued for two days before she obtained a diagnosis: paresthesia, a tingling or numbness caused when a nerve is damaged during an oral surgery procedure. When McCarter’s wisdom teeth were being extracted, her right lingual nerve - part of the trigeminal nerve system, which is responsible for sensation in the face - was damaged. The oral surgeon at her dental practice recommended she see Dr. Michael Miloro, Professor and Head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the College, about treatment to repair the nerve.

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Dr. Miloro is an internationally recognized expert in trigeminal nerve repair; in fact, he is the author of the only textbook published on the diagnosis and management of this type of injury, Trigeminal Nerve Injuries. The referring surgeon did not know that McCarter was a nurse at UI Health - or, that she already had researched Dr. Miloro on her own. “Because I’m a healthcare provider, I’m focused on giving - and receiving - the best care,” McCarter said. “When I started researching nerve repair specialists, I found Dr. Miloro. And because he was at UI Health, I knew he would take great care of me.” Around a month after her procedure, McCarter had her initial consult with Dr. Miloro, and he later performed a repair of the right lingual nerve using a nerve allograft. “The success of microneurosurgery is extremely timedependent,” said Dr. Miloro. “Tanya was referred for care in the appropriate time frame. We are hopeful that Tanya will make a full recovery and be able to feel her tongue and taste foods normally again.” Noting that he often sees individuals from all over the country, Dr. Miloro joked that McCarter probably had the shortest travel time of all his nerve-injured patients. “It was a privilege to treat one of our own UI Health nurses,” he said. “The care I received at UI Health was unbelievable,” McCarter said. “I did not tell anyone I was an employee here, and I was provided an exceptional patient experience.” For more information, call (312) 996-7461.

Running Team Raises Over $8,000

The College’s Goldie’s Place running team had several runners finish in the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The team and friends raised $8,310 for Goldie’s Place through sponsorship of runners. Nearly $300 came from College bake sales. “Thank you so much for your support,” said Dr. Alison Doubleday, Associate Professor, OMDS. Contact Dr. Doubleday The College’s running team raised money at Doubleday. for Goldie’s Place through bake sales and through sponsorship of runners in the alison@gmail. Bank of America Chicago Marathon. com for more information and donation details.


Dr. Ken Gehrke Retires After Nearly 40 Years at College of Dentistry

Dr. Ken Gehrke, Clinical Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry, retired from teaching at the College on Dec. 31. “I have been at the College since 1978, when I began as a D-1 in a class of 165 students,” he recalled. “Back then, we started on the fifth floor as D-1s, fourth as D-2s, third as D-3s, and second as D-4s. After completing all of our requirements, Dr. Ken Gehrke (left), shown with thenit was a short student Munther Salem, was a frequent escalator ride presenter at the College’s Graduation and Awards Luncheon. out the front door—yes, we used to have escalators.” After earning his DDS in 1982, he entered into the Fixed Prosthodontics postgraduate program, with an emphasis on Periodontics. When Dr. Gehrke earned his certificate in Advanced Prosthodontics in 1984, Fixed Prosthodontics Department Head Dr. Valdemars Jekkals invited him to join the faculty. Dr. Gehrke taught at the College and had a private practice until 1999, when he sold his practice to “devote my time entirely to the College,” which included participating in the Faculty Dental Practice. Dr. Gehrke is pleased by how relations between faculty and students have improved over the decades. “During my undergrad years, there was in many cases a less than collegial relationship between many faculty in their interactions with students,” he noted. “I have seen a constant movement away from this attitude to a much improved collegial atmosphere with faculty. The present environment is far more amicable, productive, and supportive than it was in my days as a student.” Dr. Alex Chan and the late Dr. Jim Buckman served as role models and mentors for Dr. Gehrke, he said. “Their commitment to their teaching duties, their students, and their patients was amazing. I owe much to Dr. Buckman and Dr. Chan.” Another role model and mentor “beginning with my years in the undergraduate clinics and extending to the present day is Dr. Charles Luptak,” Dr. Gehrke added. “He was an instructor for the Removable Prosthodontics department before all of the restorative disciplines merged into the Department of Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Luptak supervised one of our first clinical experiences, our group complete denture patient with three students participating in the treatment procedures. Dr. Luptak exhibited his

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skill, patience with our slow progress, and kindness and respect for the students and the patient throughout the entire process.” Dr. Gehrke expressed his gratitude to all of the Deans who have guided the College during his years—Deans Seymour Yale, Allen Anderson, Dale Eisenmann (Interim), Bruce Graham, Bill Knight (Interim), and Clark Stanford. He also expressed his gratitude to Department Head Dr. Stephen Campbell. “He guided my introduction to and participation in national Prosthodontics organizations,” Dr. Gehrke said. “I am also very appreciative of Dr. Campbell’s guidance and support during my promotion process.” Recalling a fun memory, Dr. Gehrke noted that during a D-2 Prosthodontics course, “some students came up with a method of delaying the setting time of the rubber base that we were using for typodont final impressions— mixing the rubber base in an area of cooler ambient temperature. The cooler temperature in late fall could be found on the roof of the College. So off to the roof we went with rubber base, mixing spatula, mixing pad, and impression syringe on a mission to obtain the ideal final impression.” Upon his retirement, Dr. Gehrke and his wife, Terri, a nurse also contemplating retirement, plan on working on their home, travelling, and spending more time with their family. Dr. Gehrke also would like to work part-time in dental education. “I am grateful to all of the faculty, staff, students, and patients I have had the opportunity to interact with over the years,” Dr. Gehrke concluded. “We have shared laughs and tears, funny stories, and discussions of dentistry, sports, politics, and many other topics.”

Come to the College’s Midwinter Meeting Reception

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, colleagues, and friends are invited to attend the College’s reception during the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter meeting on Friday, Feb. 23, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Virgin Hotel, 203 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago. Visit with Dean Clark Stanford, members of the UIC Dental Alumni Association Faculty and students having fun at last Board of year’s College of Dentistry reception at Directors, and the CDS Midwinter Meeting. friends and colleagues. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be provided. For information, call (312) 996-0670 or email February 2018

Clinic and Research Day to be Held on Thursday, March 8

Get the latest dental knowledge at the 31st annual Clinic and Research Day, set for Thursday, March 8, at the College. The event will begin with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and run until 5 p.m., and will focus on student and postgraduate research presentations and feature a nationally known keynote speaker. Continuing Education credit will be available for attending the poster presentations and the keynote presentation.

The focus of Clinic and Research Day is on student and postgraduate research presentations.

“Our students, residents, and fellows will present a wide variety of posters highlighting their current research,” said Dr. Lyndon Cooper, Associate Dean for Research at the UIC College of Dentistry. “They cover a wide range of topics in the basic, behavioral, clinical, and applied sciences. Predoctoral, postgraduate, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and their faculty mentors will be competing for awards in a number of categories.” At the College, faculty, postgraduates, and students conduct a wide range of research activities, from basic research, public health and prevention, and the development of best practices in dentistry, to the creation of techniques and technology that will allow teeth to be regenerated in adults. Research occurs at the College from the “bench to the chairside” (and the reverse)—to accelerate diagnostic and interventional therapies for College patients. Clinic and Research Day allows the postgraduates, students, and their faculty mentors to share their research with the dental and medical communities. Driving life-changing discoveries through research is one of the goals of the College’s IGNITE: The Campaign for UIC, its $37 million fundraising campaign. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Jacques E. Nör, Professor and Chair, Cariology, Restorative Sciences, and

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Endodontics, School of Dentistry, University of Michigan. His talk will be, “Therapeutic Targeting of Head and Neck Cancer Stem Cells.” “There will be dental products and services and vendors’ exhibits,” said Dr. David Crowe, Professor of Periodontics and Chair of the Clinic and Research Day Committee. “Dentists, students, postgraduates, residents, our medical colleagues, and those interested in research and the vendors’ exhibits are welcome to attend.” Faculty interested in serving as judges should contact Dr. Christine Wu, Professor, Pediatric Dentistry, at For more information, contact Virginia Buglio at (312) 996-1027 or or log on tohttps://

Photo Wins First Place in ‘Science as Art’ Contest

Dr. Mostafa Yourdkhani, a postdoctoral research associate in the Autonomous Materials Systems (AMS) Group at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, recently received first place in the “Science as Art” contest sponsored by the Materials Research Society. The interdisciplinary research group is involved with the College of Dentistry as well.

The image, taken with a scanning electron microscope (SEM) in the Microscopy Suite at the Beckman Institute, represents the cross-section of a polynuclear microcapsule embedded in an epoxy resin. From more than 100 entries, the image was chosen as one of the top three first-place winners. The microcapsule is an example of the self-regulating material that is the signature work of the AMS Group. In this case, the material can be used in dental restorations, such as dental fillings. “Several years ago The image, taken with a scanning elecwe were tron microscope (SEM), represents the approached cross-section of a polynuclear microcapby the National sule embedded in an epoxy resin.  Institutes of Health National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) about developing novel dental materials drawing from our original work on self-healing polymers,” said

UIC College of Dentistry and Loyola Alumni to Gather at Reunion on April 20 UIC College of Dentistry and Loyola University Chicago dental alumni will gather at the 2018 College of Dentistry Reunion at Carlisle Banquets, 435 E. Butterfield Rd. in Lombard, IL, Friday, April 20. Tickets are $100 before Friday, March 2, $125 after that date. An open bar reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7:30 p.m. Reunion 2018 celebrates all members of DDS and specialty programs whose graduation years ended in a “3” or “8.” Special recognition will be given to the Classes of 1968, 1978, and 1993. Outstanding Achievement Awards will be presented to Dr. Keith E. Alley, DDS and MS ’68, PhD ’72, Distinguished Dental Alumnus Award; Dr. Mark C. Baker,’77, Endodontics ’84, Dr. E. Lloyd Du Brul Faculty Achievement Award; Dr. Denise D. Hale, ’88, Dr. F. William Towner Organized Dentistry Activity Award; Dr. William B. Hamel III, ’83, Dr. Irwin B. Robinson Presidential Leadership Award; and Dr. Terry S. Tiersky, Loyola ’86, Dr. Raffaele Suriano Award. Sign up for the Reunion at alumni-reunion-2018. For additional information, contact the College’s Office of Advancement at (312) 996-0485 or email DentReunion@


Left to right, Dr. Keith E. Alley, DDS and MS Anatomy ’68, PhD Anatomy/Neuroscience ’72, Distinguished Dental Alumnus Award; Dr. William B. Hamel III, ’83, Dr. Irwin B. Robinson Presidential Leadership Award; Dr. Denise D. Hale, ’88, Dr. F. William Towner Organized Dentistry Award; Dr. Terri Tiersky, Loyola ’86, John Marshall Law School JD ’91, Dr. Raffaele Suriano Award; Dr. Mark C. Baker, ’77, Endodontics ’84, University of California San Francisco GPR ’78, Dr. E. Lloyd Du Brul Faculty Achievement Award.

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Dr. Scott White, a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and member of the AMS Group. “Through that initiative we made contact with a group at the University of Illinois at Chicago led by Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo and began a long term collaboration on innovative dental resins that prolong the life of dental restorations.” Dr. Bedran-Russo, Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry, has worked on various natural extracts, such as grape seed extract and tannic acid, to enhance the binding between teeth and filling material in order to construct long-lasting composite dental fillings. In clinical settings, however, the natural materials can be problematic: Applying all the extract at once may limit the length of time that the binding will last, and the extracts can cause adverse chemical reactions with the binding material. The ideal solution is to release the natural extracts into the binding slowly over time. “We were looking for ways to develop sustained and controlled release of the bioactives we isolated from plants so we could accelerate clinical implementation,” Dr. Bedran-Russo said. So she reached out to Dr. White, seeking expertise in creating such a method. A NIDCR supplement allowed the creation of a collaborative team. Working with Dr. White, Dr. Yourdkhani encapsulated the extracts in polymer microcapsules to protect them from the composite resin monomers. The capsule used in the award-winning image was about 200 microns large. —Maeve Reilly

People Obituaries

Former Periodontics faculty member Dr. Gregory L. Fauth, 70, of Naperville, IL, passed away on Dec. 23, 2017. “Greg was a super guy and was very active in the periodontal community locally, regionally, and nationally,” said Dr. Sal Nares, Head, Periodontics. Dr. Fauth also was an alumnus, earning his DDS from the College in 1973 and his Certificate in Periodontics from the College in 1982.

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Facebook users can sign up to be a fan of the UIC College of Dentistry. Just type in “University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry” in the search bar of your Facebook page. (FN) Important College contacts: For consumable supplies, e-mail For dental instrument issues, contact Robin Waner at, (312) 996-6411, second and third floor and third floor sterilization. For dental equipment problems, e-mail; enter room and unit number with description of problem and write the issue on the maintenance log. To reach housekeeping, call (312) 996-7468. For the Information Technologies (IT) help desk, call (312) 413-4731 or (312) 413-3182. (FN)

Positions/Practices/Space Available

A “Positions/Practices Available” page is on the College’s website at Check it out for listings of jobs that are available, and for notices of practices that are for sale. For adding or subtracting listings from this website, contact William S. Bike at Come join the professionals at ProCare Dental Group PC. Generous compensation, contemporary facilities, flexibility, autonomy, premier locations, continuing education, professional camaraderie. Part-time and full-time positions available. (847) 621-7229. (FDT) Full-time dentists wanted—Chicagoland offices. Gain lots of experience in a digital, chartless office while treating everyone from kids to seniors. Excellent income. Hit the ground running without waiting to build your own clientele. We love to help train new dentists. Recent graduates welcomed. Sign-on bonus and guaranteed base rate. Malpractice insurance paid. Free CE offered. No HMOs. Please email resume to (FA permanent) Part-time pediatric specialists wanted. Chicago and suburb locations. Generous per diem compensation. Half- or full-day every week or every two weeks. Flexible schedule. Digital/chartless offices. Malpractice insurance paid. New pedo specialists welcome. No HMOs. Email director@ (FA permanent) General dentist: Family Dental Care. Full or part time. Several of our associates have become partners. Come and talk to them. Very high income potential. Specialists on staff. Currently five locations and growing. 95% fee-for-service. No Public Aid. (773) 978-7801 (ask for Laura) or email personnel@familydentalcare. com. http:/ (FA permanent) We are looking for a pediatric dentist to join our practice. This is an exclusive pediatric practice within a multi-specialty facility with a team of specialists and support staff. The office treats between 70-90 patients daily. We offer an outstanding compensation package (including salary, bonus, malpractice insurance, 401k, medical and dental insurance) as well as a partnership opportunity. Salary ranges between $250k- $350k. Sign on bonus. Please send CV to (1/19/18)

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