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Wordof MOUTH Students to Learn to Treat Infants, Toddlers Under $1M HRSA Grant The U.S. Department of Health and group,” Dr. Evans noted. Human Services’ Health Resources “This funding is intended to give and Services Administration (HRSA) students experience in treating this has awarded the College a $1 million age group, and it also is in this group grant for five years to help provide that we can begin to dissect the risk dental students with education and factors that lead to early childhood training in the care of children up to caries.” five years old. The initiative will have several “This is a population that is components and several partners. D-2 underserved in dental care—partly students will rotate to the Mile Square because their Health Center oral health to work with status is just pregnant women emergent, and in the center’s party because prenatal program, parents and “talking to the community pregnant women have not been about the oral acclimated to health of the asthe expectation yet unborn child of such a young and what they person needing can do even in Courtesy of Mike Techa/Delta Dental of Illinois dental attention, the child’s infancy HRSA has awarded the College a $1 million explained Dr. to improve grant for five years to help provide dental stuCaswell Evans, his or her oral dents with education and training in the care of Associate Dean health,” Dr. Evans children up to five years old. for Prevention explained. and Public Health Since Sciences. many of the Mile Square moms-to-be Few dentists—and few dental deliver their babies at UI Health, these schools, “have this age cohort in their discussions will also set the stage for curriculum, so the students graduate them to bring their youngsters to the not being comfortable with that age College for oral healthcare.

In This Issue

Dr. Caswell Evans Earns Golden Toothbrush Award

First Sparky Award Winners Honored

ISPD Recognizes Dr. Allison Horn’s Research Excellence


“Although Mile Square is a part of the UI Health system, it is a new partner for the College,” Dr. Evans said. When HRSA solicits grant applications, it outlines areas it would like grantees to address. “One of those possibilities was having a rural component,” Dr. Evans explained, noting that Douglas County, IL, is home to a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides care to many of the Amish population there. “We will be sending D-3 students, with faculty supervision, to Douglas County to provide screenings and clinical care to youngsters up to age five,” he noted. In suburban DuPage County, D-3s will provide care to youngsters who are developmentally disabled, under the supervision of Dr. Robert Rada, Clinical Professor of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences. D-3s also will work in Chicago at the Englewood Neighborhood Health Center Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Clinic on 63rd Street, providing them with hands-on experience dealing with young children. The College has 22 community clinic partner sites in Illinois in which D-4s perform extramural rotations, and eight of those sites will partner with the College under this grant. While students are on rotations there, those sites will dedicate specific times when they will provide oral healthcare only to children age five or younger. Also under this grant, in collaboration with Associate Dean for Student and Diversity Affairs Dr. Darryl Pendleton and his office, the College will work with undergraduate pre-dental clubs, with which the office already has a relationship, to educate them about the oral healthcare needs of youngsters age five and under. “The intention for all of this is that when the dental students graduate, they will be much more comfortable seeing children age five and younger in whatever practices they go into,” Dr. Evans said. The team that worked on the grant application included Dr. Evans; Khatija Noorullah, Clinical Community Academic Manager; Dr. Ian Marion, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Pre-doctoral Pediatric Dentistry; Dr. Pendleton; and Dr. Rada. The grant has an evaluation component, so the College’s progress will be tracked by a project officer at HRSA and by an evaluation expert from the University of

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Erie Family Health Center Honors Dr. Caswell Evans with Golden Toothbrush Award

Erie Family Health Center, which provides accessible, affordable, high quality healthcare in community-based health centers, recently presented its Golden Toothbrush Award to Dr. Caswell Evans, Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences.

Erie Family Health Center honored Dr. Caswell Evans with the Golden Toothbrush Award, Dr. Sally Lundeen with the Health Innovator Award, and Dr. William Cape with the Health Program Champion Award.

Erie Family Health Center works to ensure that its patients understand that good oral health is related to their overall health and well-being. Their oral health program has expanded through the years to now serve more than 11,500 people at four locations that integrate a patient’s medical and dental care. In awarding the Golden Toothbrush to Dr. Evans, Erie stated, “Your leadership at UIC College of Dentistry has contributed significantly to Erie’s growth, as many of Dean and UIC Distinguished Professor Clark Stanford, DDS, PhD, Cert. Prosthodontics, Cmstan60@uic.edu Associate Dean for Advancement Mark J. Valentino mjv@uic.edu Editor-in-Chief William S. Bike billbike@uic.edu

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our dentists received their education at UIC. Moreover, Erie and the public health community as a whole have benefited tremendously from your role as an educator and champion for the integration of medical and dental care.” “Erie Family Health Center operates on the basis that oral health is integral to overall health,” Dr. Evans explained. “Oral health is health. Erie is an excellent model for medical-dental integration in concept and practice. “The College, particularly students, certainly benefits through the strong working relation we have with Erie,” he continued. “D-4 students rotate there as part of the DCLE course and can experience this practice model.” Dr. Evans concluded that, “To be recognized by Erie is a personal honor as I consider it to be an outstanding and forward-thinking organization.” Erie Family Health Center is one of the communitybased partner sites in which D-4 students from the College engage in service-learning experiences. Students devote a minimum of 50 days at Erie and other sites providing care to underserved populations including children, the developmentally disabled, HIV-positive, and geriatric patients. The program is under Dr. Evans’ authority.

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Sparky Award Winners Named; Nominate a Colleague

The College has presented two Sparky D. Dragon UIC College of Dentistry Customer Service Awards. The first recipient was Estefania Martinez, Dental Clinic Clerk in the Department of Periodontics. The second was Laura Macias, Admissions and Records Specialist, Office of Student and Diversity Affairs. The award is presented to a person who shows excellence in care, concern, and support for our patients,

Estefania Martinez, with Sparky D. Dragon and friends.

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ISPD Recognizes Research Excellence

The Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists awarded its fourth annual Dr. Indru C. Punwani Graduate Student Research Awards at the ISPD meeting at the American Dental Association building in Chicago on April 7. Recipients were Dr. Allison Horn, Resident, Pediatric Dentistry, UIC, and Dr. Neha Shah, Pediatric Dental Resident from Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Laura Macias, receiving her award from Dean Clark Stanford.

students, faculty, and alumni; a high degree of professional conduct; exceeds expectations; 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 https://dentistry.uic.edu/ sparky-award, or contact William S. Bike, Director of Advancement Communications, at billbike@uic.edu or (312) 996-8495.

Dr. Claire Garcia, President of the ISPD; Dr. Allison Horn, UIC Pediatric Dentistry Resident winner of the Punwani Award; Dr. Punwani; Dr. Neha Shah, Lurie Resident winner of the Punwani Award; and Dr. Ashlee Voracheck, Chair of the ISPD Punwani Award Committee.

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Dr. Horn’s research is “Comparison of Dexis CariVu caries detection device to traditional bite wing radiography for diagnosis of interproximal caries in primary and young permanent teeth.” Dr. Shah’s research is “Bacterial Inhibition and Cytotoxicity of Silver Compound Dental Materials.” “I felt so honored to receive the ISPD Punwani Award,” Dr. Horn said. “I was actually first introduced to the Dexis CariVu device, the subject of my research, at the Fall 2015 ISPD meeting. There was a vendor displaying it and I took interest in it because it seemed like it had such excellent applications in Pediatric Dentistry. “After some preliminary literature review, I discovered that CariVu had been on the market for years but there was so little written about it and almost no studies on it,” she added. “Fortunately, we had recently acquired the device in the Post-graduate Pediatric Dental Clinic. This gave me the opportunity to conduct a study on its efficacy in a pediatric setting. A year-and-a-half later, I was back at ISPD to present my preliminary results,” Dr. Horn explained. “They presented their research at the ISPD spring meeting and presented posters at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s annual session in Washington, DC, in May,” said Dr. Claire Garcia, President of the ISPD. The award is named for Dr. Punwani, Professor Emeritus and former Head of Pediatric Dentistry at the College. Dr. Punwani was a longtime Executive Director of the ISPD. It has been presented since 2014. The award honors two Illinois pediatric dental residents for their excellence in dental research. This year each recipient received a certificate along with a $500 cash prize to help defray costs to attend a national or international dental meeting to present their research. ISPD committee members Dr. Mary Hayes, Dr. Reena Shah, and Dr. Ashlee Vorachek selected the winners.

Learning in Atlanta later this year. “This program is designed to help participants refine their teaching skills that enhance the quality of their interactions with students,” Dr. Kratunova said. “I also hope that it will equip me with better understanding of the processes to professional growth in an academic environment.” This is the second year in a row that a member of the Pediatric Dentistry faculty has earned this scholarship, as it was conferred on Dr. Ian Marion, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry, last year.

Practice Based Research Network Study Earns AAP Clinical Research Award for Dr. George Mandelaris Dr. George Mandelaris, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Periodontics, and his nine fellow researchers were selected by the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Periodontology to receive its 2017 Clinical Research Award for their article entitled: “A randomized, controlled, multicenter clinical trial of post-extraction alveolar

A figure of complete trephine biopsy sections from an award-winning article by Dr. George Mandelaris and colleagues.

Dr. Evelina Kratunova Earns Master Clinician Scholarship Dr. Evelina Kratunova, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry, was awarded a Master Clinician Scholarship from the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. The scholarship provides education valuable to an academic career in pediatric dentistry and will allow Dr. Kratunova to attend the Academy for Academic Leadership’s Institute for Teaching and August 2017

Dr. Evelina Kratunova.

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ridge preservation,” published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology in 2016. The award, sponsored by Quintessence Publishing, “is presented to the most outstanding article with direct clinical relevance in periodontics,” said Dr. Terrence J. Griffin, President of the AAP. The investigators compared the effectiveness of tworidge preservation treatments (one technique common in Europe, the other common to the United States), and concluded that deproteinized bovine bone mineral with collagen plus native bilayer collagen membrane provided better soft tissue healing and improved ridge preservation results for implant placement. “The study was performed through The McGuire Institute [www.themcguireinstitute.org] as a Practice Based Research Network (or PBRN),” Dr. Mandelaris explained. “Everyone who participated in this clinical research project was a board-certified, private practice periodontist and each of us were located in different geographic locations throughout the United States.” “Although the project had IRB [Institutional Review Board] approval and oversight, its value comes from the PBRN context,” he added. “Some of the discrete nuances and quiet subtleties of clinical research all occurred under the umbrella of the private practice setting. Aspects such as infection control, pre- and postop patient management—every interaction that could affect outcomes happened within our private practices. This is uniquely meaningful and impactful for the private practitioner as the outcomes can be related to everyday practice.” Dr. Mandelaris noted that the National Institutes of Health is “looking at ways to do things through PBRNs that can answer critical questions that directly relate to and can impact clinical practice. A significant switch in healthcare policy is underway for how clinical research will be performed in the future. Substantial funding efforts are also in place through the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, largely because of the potential of these networks. When followed with the highest level of scientific method and oversight, PBRNs have the potential to swiftly and decisively answer key questions to which everyday clinicians seek answers to, may select materials for use, or choose techniques to treat problems–most of which are not based on science but on clinical intuition, emotion, or made subjectively.” The study was partially funded by Geistlich Pharma. “None of us had any financial interest or conflicts in this study whatsoever— it was pure clinical research, applying the scientific method at a high level, and then performing it in a private practice based setting at the various centers throughout the U.S.,” Dr. Mandelaris said. “I think our study is a landmark project and positions clinical research for a major paradigm shift on how future studies will be performed,” he noted. “We were impressed with the outcomes and are hopeful that our results will impact the profession favorably”. “The AAP Clinical Research Award really validates the efforts and unique ability of a PBRN to produce high 6

level clinical science and truly meaningful outcomes for the practitioner at large. The PBRN model can answer the most practical, but difficult and still unanswered clinical questions, that we all struggle with as we are in the trenches. This research vehicle will likely be how future clinical studies are performed because of the impact they can have on the private practice sector and, ultimately, our patients.” Dr. Mandelaris added. “There is no doubt that the UIC College of Dentistry can be a leader in this type of future research, especially with the leadership we have in the Department of Periodontics from Dr. Sal Nares, Department Head, and with world-renowned key figures in the College such as Dean Clark Stanford and Associate Dean for Research Dr. Lyndon Cooper,” Dr. Mandelaris concluded.

Director of Facilities Fred Chapa Retires after 25 Years of Service

Everyone at the College of Dentistry knows Fred Chapa. Chapa, Director of Facilities, is one of those employees who impacts everyone in every area of the College. Whether you’ve had to deal with something as small as a leaky faucet or cracked component on a dental chair, or something as major as renovation of an entire department any time in the last 25 years, you’ve worked with Chapa and his team. On June 30, Chapa retired. The big remodeling projects were something he particularly enjoyed managing. Those projects “never ceased to amaze me—to see what was before, and Fred Chapa, with a memento signed by College of Dentistry colleagues, what came after,” Chapa said. “I liked at his retirement party. the expression on people’s faces when they saw the completion.” He noted that “a lot of improvements were made throughout the years. The labs, clinics, classrooms, and equipment were upgraded. I can remember working with dental equipment that was over 25 years old and obsolete. It was a challenge to keep it operational. We had to modify the components and make repairs without any blueprints.” Chapa has had a good relationship with all of the Deans in the last 25 years, from Dean Allen Anderson to Dean Clark Stanford. He noted that Dean Bruce Graham “was particularly helpful and supportive not only

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on building issues, but during the time when I was fighting cancer.” Chapa worked closely with Dr. Graham “in creating the initial plan for the huge HVAC [heating, ventilation, and air conditioning] project. A lot that I requested to improve the building was accepted and approved. “I feel proud of all my accomplishments,” Chapa said. “My only regret is not finishing the HVAC project,” which was stopped due to a lack of State budget. No Dean, however, approved the proposed construction of “a recreational penthouse on the roof for my crew and me,” Chapa said, laughing. Instead, Chapa’s office is in the basement, where a huge mound of dirt left from the 1972 construction of the building still is located. “For years, nobody knew where my office was,” Chapa said. “When people wanted to come see me I would tell them my office was up and over a 30-foot pile of dirt. It was funny—when they did come down, nobody wanted to climb that hill.” In retirement, Chapa plans on traveling. “I have family in Mississippi, Texas, California, and Mexico,” he said. “For sure, my plan is to never spend another winter here. “I have not made up my mind yet to settle down in Southeast Texas or Mexico,” Chapa mused. “I need more time to explore those areas. Wherever I settle will have to be by the beach. I love fishing, boating, and scuba diving.” Chapa will also spend more time with family. Son Anthony is 34, and daughter Vanessa is 30. In looking back at his years at the College, Chapa concluded, “Everyone was very cooperative, and I appreciated that. I want to thank everyone at the College for all their support. I will miss them all.” “The College has benefitted over the years as a result of Fred’s oversight of the operations of the facility and physical plant, which is quite a responsibility,” said Dr. Susan Rowan, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. “With 18 patient and pre-patient care clinics, as well as laboratories, administrative and faculty offices, lecture halls, and classrooms, Fred has managed the building and directed the facilities team extremely well. “In the face of an interrupted HVAC project, electrical, heating, plumbing, fire alarm, and flooding issues, Fred has ensured that student education, patient care, and research projects have been well-supported,” she concluded.

AAOF Provides Research Award for Bone Regeneration

The American Association of Orthodontics Foundation has provided a Research Aid Award of $5,000 for a project at the College, “Characterization of a Biomimetically Enhanced Bio-OSS for Bone Regeneration Applications.” Dr. Xuanyu Lu, Graduate Clinical Assistant, Orthodontics, is leading the research. Dr. Lu’s research supervisor is Dr. Sriram Ravindran, Assistant Professor, Oral Biology. Dr. Praveen Gajendrareddy, Associate Professor, Periodontics, also is collaborating. “This project is using a biomimetic approach via August 2017

human bone marrow stem cells to modify the current most commonly used bone grafting material, anorganic bone matrix— Bio-Oss,” Dr. Lu said. “We plan to characterize the Bio-Oss coated with 3-D pro-osteogenic extracellular matrix [ECM] by a series of in vitro and in vivo experiments.” The team plans on generating and characterizing the biomemetically enhanced (BE) Bio-Oss in vitro. Following an in vivo Dr. Xuanyu Lu. experiment, the team will examine the BE Bio-Oss by using a rat critical-size calvarial defect model. The regeneration rate and quality of new bone will be evaluated by micro-CT and histology. “We are expecting that BE Bio-Oss could promote greater cell attachment, proliferation, and differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells and eventually promote bone healing and better bone quality,” Dr. Lu said. The current “gold standard” of treatment for cleft lip and palate is autografting of bone harvest from the iliac crest or ribs, “which has several major limitations,” Dr. Lu said. “So the tissue engineering is an alternative approach. Our biomimetic strategies could impart osteoinductivity into Bio-Oss partials to augment bone regeneration potentials ultimately to benefit those congenital critical bone defect patients.” Dr. Lu expressed gratitude to his mentors, Dr. Xianghong Luan, Associate Professor, Oral Biology, and former faculty Dr. Thomas Diekwisch and Dr. Carla Evans, for their help “during my eight year journey in the College of Dentistry since 2009, during which I received my PhD in Oral Sciences.” He currently is in the Orthodontic specialty program. The AAOF award “will also allow me to strengthen my research background, which is vital for me to achieve my career goal of becoming an independent investigator and hopefully an outstanding educator in Orthodontics in the future,” Dr. Lu concluded.

Vivaldi Clinic Open; Dr. Fatemeh Afshari is Managing Partner

The College has opened its fifth group practice, the Vivaldi Clinic, in Room 329—the most recently renovated clinic in the College. Dr. Fatemeh Afshari, Clinical Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry is the Managing Partner. After earning her DMD from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Afshari earned her Certificate in Prosthodontics and her MS in Oral Sciences from the UIC College of Dentistry in 2009. She then joined

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the faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Restorative Dentistry, and was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Johnson & Johnson Preventative Dentistry Award, UIC Council of Excellence in Teaching and Learning Awards, and the 2016 Claude Baker Faculty Dr. Fatemeh Afshari. Award. Dr. Afshari has taught in a variety of prosthodontic pre-patient courses within the predoctoral program. More recently, she served as the course director of the complete denture pre-patient course and attending faculty within the Predoctoral Implant Clinic. As Dr. Afshari transitions to her new position, she stated, “My new duties allow me to interact with students within the new Vivaldi Clinic on a day-to-day basis and hopefully play a larger role in their career development as future oral health care providers. “Since my previous responsibilities included instructor in several pre-patient courses and course director for complete dentures, I’m also hoping to help connect the knowledge and skills of the pre-patient care to the clinical setting,” she added. “Thus, we can better build upon all the didactic knowledge students have gained in their initial years at the College as they move into the clinical realm of dentistry.” Dr. Afshari said she hopes “to provide for a robust learning environment for my students and an encouraging dental home for our patients and community. “Hopefully, my training in prosthodontics and experience in pre-patient courses, predoctoral clinics, and research has equipped me with the knowledge and ability to help my students reach the goals they have set for themselves,” she added. “I want them to realize their potential to become competent clinicians, academicians, researchers, and lifelong learners and truly comprehend the influence that they alone can have on those around them,” she said. Dr. Afshari noted, “It is truly an honor to be appointed to this position. I am grateful for all the support I have received from my mentors, Dr. Stephen Campbell and Dr. Kent Knoernschild, and my colleagues, Dr. Judy Yuan and Dr. Cortino Sukotjo. I look forward to working with Dr. Susan Rowan and other Managing Partners to build upon all the hard work and accomplishments of those before me. I also look forward to accomplishing great things in Vivaldi with our newest clinic manager, Ronnie Karmo.”

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Periodontics Professors Studying Oral Wound Healing

Dr. Lin Chen, Research Associate Professor, and Dr. Praveen Gajendrareddy, Associate Professor, both from the Department of Periodontics, received funding from Colgate Palmolive Co. for a study titled “The effect of Colgate mouthwashes and toothpastes on oral wound healing and expression of epithelial cell tight junction.” Dr. Luisa DiPietro, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research; Director Dr. Lin Chen. of the UIC Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration; and Professor, Periodontics, also is a co-investigator in the study. “The study aims to investigate if the mouthwashes and toothpastes will improve oral wound healing and change the expression of epithelial cell tight junction during the healing process,” Dr. Gajendrareddy said. With a $178,953 budget, the study will be conducted on 3D gingival tissues and gingival Dr. Praveen Gajendrareddy. explants from human donors.   A study with translational potential, this project is a collaborative effort between Dr. Gajendrareddy, a periodontist, and Dr. Chen, a wound healing basic science researcher. Dr. Gajendrareddy and Dr. Chen’s interests are in tissue regeneration, healing and translational applications through biomimetic pathways.   This is the second year they received funding from Colgate.

Dr. Ameer Al Baroudi Joins Restorative Faculty

Dr. Ameer Al Baroudi has joined the faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor/Clinical Instructor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Al Baroudi received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from Misr University for Science and Technol-

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ogy’s College of Dental Medicine in Cairo, Egypt, and did his Postgraduate Operative Dentistry Residency and Master of Science in Dentistry at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He was a teaching assistant in the Department of Cariology and Restorative Dentistry at Nova Southeastern, and lectured on smile design and esthetic dentistry before coming to the College. Dr. Ameer Al Baroudi. When not working, Dr. Al Baroudi noted he enjoys “spending time with friends and family, sports, cooking, and traveling.”

Dr. Omar Aldoori Joins Bach Clinic

Alumnus Dr. Omar Aldoori has returned to the College as a part-time Clinical Instructor of Restorative Dentistry in the Bach Clinic. “I teach the students, helping them learn dental decisions and make clinical decisions,” he said. “I like teaching, helping students get better as they prepare for their dental careers.” Dr. Aldoori received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from Baghdad University, and his DMD from the College in 2015. As a student, he played a role in creating the Small Group Learning Curricular Model. He has 22 years of dental experience. Dr. Aldoori also is in private practice. “I like doing cosmetic dentistry,” he noted. Dr. Omar Aldoori. In his spare time, he said, he likes creating art through woodcarving, playing tennis, traveling, trying new cuisines, and spending time with family. His wife is Dr. Suhair Hasan, who graduated from the College in 2017. They have a son, Yezen, age five.

Alumnus Dr. Ghaith Darwish Joins Restorative Dentistry Faculty

After earning his DDS in 2014 and his Certificate in Prosthodontics in 2017, Dr. Ghaith Darwish has remained at the College, joining the faculty part-time as a Clinical Instructor in Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Darwish explained that he “supervises students doing various dental procedures, ensuring that they are excellent and competent clinicians upon graduation,” and August 2017

that he is driven to help patients who need his skill set “to be able to live healthy and productive lives again.” He noted that in his residency that he “gained an in-depth experience related to the philosophies and principles of prosthodontics treatment: fixed, removable, implant, maxillofacial Dr. Ghaith Darwish. prosthodontics, the fundamental rationale of clinical and laboratory techniques, CAD/CAM, biomechanics, and dental material selection.” His research is on ways to improve poly-methylmethacrylate (PMMA) using a nano-ceramic coating. Dr. Darwish is a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society and is currently seeking a Master’s degree at UIC. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and photography.

Alumna Dr. Denise Hale Returns as Faculty Member

Dr. Denise Hale, a 1988 alumna of the College, has returned as a parttime clinical faculty member in Restorative Dentistry. “I am very excited to advise and guide the students in the clinic and share my knowledge with them,” said Dr. Hale, who is a former Assistant Professor of Operative Dentistry at the Loyola University Chicago School Dr. Denise Hale. of Dentistry. She has a solo practice in Palos Hills, IL. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her Australian-born husband, Robert, and their two children. “Christian just graduated from the University of Iowa, and Sara will be attending Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, FL, in the fall,” Dr. Hale said. “We have an old dog, Dante, 13 years old, whom we love,” she added. “I enjoy cooking—a lot! I also am very involved in organized dentistry and our Dent IL PAC.”

Dr. Yvette Salazar Researching Complex Dental Biological Interfaces Dr. Yvette Salazar has joined the College as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of

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Restorative Dentistry. She is on the team in the Applied Biomaterials and Interfaces Laboratory under the leadership of Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Salazar will conduct basic and translational studies of complex dental biological interfaces. Originally from Peru, Dr. Salazar received her DDS from University Dr. Yvette Salazar. Peruvian Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) there, and then completed a specialty training and MS in Operative Dentistry, followed by a PhD in Dental Biomaterials, from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She also served as an Assistant Professor at UCH, specializing in esthetic and restorative dentistry. “I really appreciate the opportunity I had to study in different countries because personally it is mind-opening, and professionally I get to see different ways of working, points of view, and teaching styles,” she said. When Dr. Bedran-Russo provided her with the opportunity to do Post-Doctoral research at the College, “I was really excited,” Dr. Salazar said. “I was familiar with her research through papers and conferences, and UIC is well-renowned as an oral clinical care provider and as a leader in oral health research. “Having over 40 full-time research faculty is the biggest differential compared to other institutions—that makes UIC one of the most influential universities in research,” Dr. Salazar said. She is enjoying being in Chicago. “I’ve already seen a broad diversity of cultures and the pace of the big city,” Dr. Salazar concluded. “I love the deep dish pizza and can’t wait to visit all the fun places Chicago has to offer.”

Dr. Patrick Smith Joins College Full Time with Focus on Underserved

Dr. Patrick Smith has joined the Division of Prevention and Public Health Sciences and the Department of Pediatric Dentistry as Clinical Assistant Professor. He previously had been an Adjunct faculty member working with the College’s D-4s through the extramural education program on their delivering oral healthcare to underserved Dr. Patrick Smith. communities. Within the Division of Prevention and Public 10

Health Sciences, Dr. Smith noted that he will work in a support role with the Community Learning Experience (DCLE) course. He aims to “help the division accomplish its goals of providing a broad perspective of dentistry from various aspects ranging from political, economic, social, and ethical,” Dr. Smith said. “I ultimately would like to have an impact in helping to produce dentists who will think critically about the changing needs of society while becoming innovative leaders in their approaches to delivering care,” he added. “I think it’s about raising the level of consciousness and awareness for how oral health fits into our healthcare system and what we can do as providers to advance that position for the betterment of society,” Dr. Smith said. Dr. Smith received his BS in Biology from Morehouse College; his DMD from Harvard School of Dental Medicine; his General Practice Residency Certificate from Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center; and his MPH from UIC’s School of Public Health. When not working, Dr. Smith notes, “I have two boys, ages six and three, who keep me on my toes.” He and his wife, Kirstin, are the parents of Roman, six, and Nolan, three. “Other than that, I’ll usually spend time reflective journaling, watching Martin reruns, golfing, or trying my hand at the occasional home improvement project,” he concluded.

Federal DEA Agents Speak at College on Opioid Abuse

Agents Dennis Wichern and Daniel Gillen of the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) spoke at the College on May 25 about the opioid epidemic in the United States. The title of their talk was “Prescription Drug Updates and Medical Provider Safeguards.” Special Agent-inCharge Wichern manages the Chicago DEA agents Dennis Wichern and Daniel Field Division, Gillen, receiving a tour of the College from Dr. Susan Rowan. covering Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. Gillen is Diversion Program Manager for the DEA’s Chicago Field Division. Wichern is an expert on the prescription drug epidemic and on heroin addiction. The duo speak to healthcare providers to identify methods to better safeguard their practices and reduce the professional and operational risks involved.

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The agents covered methadone, naloxone, buprenorphine, fentanyl, heroin, and neonatal abstinence syndrome, and discussed provider safeguards, drug disposal options, and Federal and State laws regarding prescription medication. United States Senator Dick Durbin in a visit to the College last fall expressed his great concern about the opioid epidemic in the United States. It was because of a request from Senator Durbin to Dean Clark Stanford that the College brought the agents in to discuss their important topic. The agents also received a tour of the College from Dr. Susan Rowan, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, one of the members of the College leadership team who met with Senator Durbin at the College last fall.

substrate? It would be Dr. Takoudis’s first foray into biomaterials. They imagined that the biocompatibility and bioactivity of commercially available collagen membranes could be improved by coating them with an ultrathin layer of titanium dioxide, a compound widely used in cosmetics, sunscreens, food additives, and dental/orthopaedic implants. They envisioned using the ALD process to apply a nanolayer of the metal oxide to these complex nanostructured membranes.

Dentistry, Engineering Collaboration Leads to New Biomaterials

Biomaterials optimally suited as scaffolds for tissue regeneration and reconstructive surgery have remained an elusive goal for material scientists and bioengineers. A collaboration between researchers in the College of Dentistry and College of Engineering has led to a breakthrough technique to improve the properties of one of the oldest — and widely used — structural biomaterials, collagen. Collagen, the most abundant protein in mammals, has been employed as a biomaterial since sutures made from cat intestines were used to close the wounds of Roman gladiators. Strong, flexible, and unlikely to provoke an immune response, collagen membranes are used today in many medical applications, including tissue engineering, and dental bone grafting. Seven years ago, Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering Professor Dr. Christos Takoudis met Dr. Cortino Sukotjo, an Associate Professor of Restorative Dentistry, at a campus social function. “We realized we had common interests,” Dr. Takoudis said. “One from the clinical side, and one from the materialscience and engineering side.” Dr. Takoudis was working on atomic-layer deposition, or ALD — a workhorse technique Photo by Jenny Fontaine of nanotechnology in Researchers Dr. Cortino Sukotjo the semiconductor and Dr. Christo Takoudis formed industry that allows their collaboration after meeting nanometer-thin layers of at a campus social function. a metal or metal oxide to be uniformly and conformally applied to a substrate’s surface with two or three dimensional complex topography. Dr. Sukotjo was interested in improving dental implant materials. Together, could they find a way to modify and enhance the surface properties of a biological August 2017

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“We had to work at lower and lower temperatures, until we finally got to room temperature,” said graduate student Arghya Bishal (center).

But the challenge is that biological materials like collagen cannot withstand the heat of industrial ALD treatment — often higher than 200 degrees Celsius, or nearly 400 degrees Fahrenheit. “Seventy degrees ‘C’ is the lowest others had gotten, especially for the ALD process of Titanium dioxide on biological fibrous substrate,” said Arghya Bishal, a doctoral student in the Richard and Loan Hill Department of Bioengineering, who is first author on a paper published earlier this year in the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. “We had to work at lower and lower temperatures,” Bishal added, “until we finally got to room temperature ALD of titanium dioxide.” “The surprising achievement of room-temperature ALD was reached using a custom apparatus the researchers devised, and a new bit of chemistry: tetrakis (dimethylamido) titanium as the titanium metal source, and ozone as the oxidizing agent, to generate titanium dioxide. The two components were introduced one after the other — with an argon purge in between — into a low-pressure chamber that held the collagen-membrane ALD substrate. The researchers repeated the ALD cycle 150, 300, and 600 times to grow titanium oxide films of increasing thicknesses that could each be compared to uncoated collagen membranes. The researchers now plan to begin pre-clinical in vivo experiments, Dr. Sukotjo said, and try to create or modify new materials using other metals and/or ALD metal oxides to cater to the specific needs of different clinical applications.

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College Training Helps Tanzanian Visitor Dr. Singh Prepare for Serving the Underserved

A misplaced check mark brought Tanzania’s Dr. Karpal Singh Sohal to dentistry, and dentistry brought him to the College for several weeks in the spring through the College’s longstanding relationship with the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) and its hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The College and Muhimbili work together under the leadership of Dr. Caswell Evans, Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences, and Khatija Noorullah, Clinical Community Academic Manager. The two schools’ relationship has seen College students perform service learning rotations in MUHAS, and Associate Dean of the MUHAS School of Dentistry Dr. Sira Stanislaus Owibingire visit the College in 2016.

Dr. Karpal Singh Sohal. third from right, with College personnel with whom he worked closely. Left to right are Dr. Richard Monahan, Head, OMDS; Susan Lloyd, Business/Administrative Associate, OMDS; Carol Gonzalez, Dental X-Ray Coordinator, OMDS; Dr. Singh; Dr. Caswell Evans, Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences; and Khatija Noorullah, Clinical Community Academic Manager.

“Again this year, the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, in conjunction with Dr. Evans, had the pleasure of sponsoring a visiting faculty member of MUHAS,” said OMDS Department Head Dr. Richard Monahan. OMDS had sponsored the visit of Dr. Owibingire as well. And for the second year, Susan Lloyd, Business Administrative Associate, seamlessly arranged for all the details to help the visitor come here and to assure a nice visit. Dr. Singh was particularly interested in 3D imaging and cone beam computed tomography in the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, and Dr. Monahan was instrumental in bringing Dr. Singh to the College. Tanzania is a country of 51 million in East Africa. Dr. Singh was born in the town of Iringa in the southern highlands, about 450 miles from Dar es Salaam. He has three siblings, all of whom were interested in higher 12

education. A brother is currently in a postgrad program in obstetrics and gynecology at the MUHAS hospital, a sister is a teacher, and another sister is an attorney. In the Tanzanian school system, grade school goes through grade seven; the “O” level, the equivalent of high school, is grades eight through 12; and the Advanced, or “A” level, is two years after—after which a student makes a decision about college. “After finishing the A level, I had to wait for almost a year-and-a-half before joining a university, so I went to work for the Dabaga Vegetable and Fruit Processing Co. in Iringa,” Dr. Singh explained. “My mother was going to travel to Dar es Salaam, so I asked her to fill out my university forms there. I wanted to become a neurosurgeon. “Instead, my mother put ‘dentist’ as the first choice,” Dr. Singh said, laughing. “That’s how I got into dentistry.” For the first two years at MUHAS, the dental and medical students study together, “so there wasn’t much difference in what we were learning,” Dr. Singh said. In his third year, the lessons switched to dentistry, and Dr. Singh discovered that he “really got interested and into it.” After earning a DDS in Tanzania, there is a year of compulsory internship, which Dr. Singh performed at Muhimbili National Hospital. He later worked at the TMJ Hospital in Dar es Salaam, but after only three months he obtained a government appointment to work in the Musoma Regional Referral Hospital in Mara, Tanzania, near the Kenyan border and 21 hours away from Dar es Salaam. He returned to Muhimbili National Hospital in 2014, and decided to join its postgrad program for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Currently, he is in the second year. He was excited by the opportunity to come to UIC. “It’s an opportunity to learn how things are working here and how best we can use what we learn here, particularly in the fields of Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery,” Dr. Singh said. Dr. Singh’s biggest surprise was the attitude of College personnel. “People are very friendly and welcoming,” he said. “It’s not the way I thought it would be, so it’s a very good thing. Dr. Monahan was particularly nice, and he went out of his way to take me around and introduce me to people at the College.” He also was impressed by the College environment. “It’s very, very clean, things are organized very well, and there is advanced use of modern technology in all aspects—oral surgery, implantology, periodontics, and prosthodontics,” Dr. Singh said. “Wherever I’ve been at the College, it’s been amazing.” While at the College, he worked on one pediatric dentistry case that lasted until midnight. “It wasn’t stressful,” he said. “It was a good learning experience.” “Dr. Singh shared his experience and insight as a clinician and teacher in Africa while the College contributed to the depth of his professional development,” Dr. Monahan said. “Dr. Singh was enthusiastically welcomed by every member of our education, research, and outreach community.

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“He left us with a better understanding of the healthcare issues challenging his country,” Dr. Monahan said. “We enriched his background with a world-class experience that will affect the colleagues he interacts with, the students he teaches, and the patients he treats.” Dr. Singh also has enjoyed life in the UIC community and visiting North Michigan Avenue. “You name it, it’s there, and there are so many people,” he said. His time at UIC will help him in his quest to become an oral surgeon, Dr. Singh believes. “It’s not as high paying a job as it is in the U.S., but the job satisfaction will be great,” he said. “At Muhimbili National Hospital we see a lot of poor people from all over the country, and it’s exciting to think about treating them and getting them back to a normal life. That’s more satisfying than high income.” “Dr. Singh’s visit represents another step in the maturation of our collaboration with the School of Dentistry at Muhimbili University,” Dr. Evans said. “This year, during the time Dr. Singh visited with us for two weeks, two of our D-4s students had the opportunity to be on rotation at Muhimbili for a four week period. The student experience was part of their community-based service-learning course. We look forward to future visits by Muhimbili faculty.  We learn as much from these visits as they do.” Because of his interest in oral surgery, during his visit to the College Dr. Singh had an opportunity to visit with Dr. Michael Miloro and the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Miloro said, “It is interesting to note that Dr. Mulokozi Lugakingira, who graduated from UIC’s OMFS program in 2011, is originally from Tanzania. He now practices in Fort Wayne, IN, and continues to visit MUHAS each year to help with patient care activities so that the UIC-MUHAS connection continues.”

UI Health Shows its Pride

More than 80 students, staff, and faculty marchers represented all of UI Health’s seven health science colleges and the hospital at the Chicago Pride Parade on June 25. While UIC personnel have joined in the parade in the past, this was the first time UIC or UI Health was officially a participant.

College of Dentistry and UIC personnel were out in force at the Pride Parade.

ADEA Chapter Peer Mentors Guide Fellow Students

The College’s American Dental Education Association (ADEA) chapter hosted a Peer Mentoring Group (PMG) DAOB Clinical Skills Event for the D-2 class in which D-3 and D-4 mentors guided D-2s with Class IV composite restorations and crown preps. The event was set up by Shawn Jung, Peer

The College’s ADEA chapter hosted a Peer Mentoring Group (PMG) on Class IV composite restorations and crown preps.

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Mentoring Group (PMG) DAOB Clinical Skills Director, and run by Hany Reyad, UIC ADEA Chapter President, and Karen Homsi, UIC ADEA Chapter President-elect. Dolly Ahmad, Dan Pagel, and Karen Homsi took photographs of the event. The event was a great success with over 35 students participating. “We hope to continue to cultivate a collaborative environment among students at UIC COD by hosting more events like these,” Homsi said. “Also, we’d like to send out a big thank you from all the participants to Millie Mendez and Dr. Darryl Pendleton for providing the pizza dinner that sustained us through the evening!”

An estimated one million spectators lined the parade route. The Pride Parade is Chicago’s largest annual parade. The UIC Pride Parade Planning Committee featured nine students, including Timothy Ng from the College of Dentistry, and two staff members, Elizabeth Harmon Miller, Director of Marketing and Public Affairs for the College of Nursing, and Katja Tetzlaff, Program Coordinator, College of Applied Health Sciences. Ng’s role was to communicate with the other committee members about any possible ideas and suggestions for lowering costs. “I also acted as a liaison between the College of Dentistry and the committee,” Ng said. There were six individuals representing the College of Dentistry in the parade. “Katja really made it all come to life by captaining the implementation of all the group’s good ideas, arranging for our uniform t-shirts, overseeing poster designs and production, and just generally knowing how to prepare to take part in the Pride Parade,” said Miller, who came up

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with the idea of UI Health officially participating. Rebecca Ruhlman, Graphic Designer, Marketing and Brand Management, donated her time to design the banner held at the front of the UI Health delegation. “Overall, I was satisfied and impressed with UI Health’s participation,” Ng said, noting that while he was asked to join the committee after the planning process was well underway, “we had a significant presence and turnout in the parade, and all our marchers were enthusiastic. “UI Health agreed that we will plan this much earlier for next year so we can have an even bigger turnout and possibly garner enough funding for a float,” Ng said. Ng noted that the parade, “seems like it’s getting bigger, which has its pros and cons. A con is that the parade has become more of a tourist trap and marketing tool for companies rather than an empowerment of the LGBTQIA community. However, a pro is that it is good to see more and more companies and people being accepting of the community. More money and business for companies isn’t necessarily a bad thing.”

See photos at https://uofi.app.box.com/s/ n9is56cm7obvyv5ftzng9m1j2vjjmkko.

Prosthodontics Clinic Day Scheduled The sixth annual Advanced Prosthodontics Clinic Day will be held on Friday, Sept. 29, in Lecture Hall North from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All are invited. For more information, call (312) 9962669.

GUIDING YOUNG MINDS—Dr. Darryl Pendleton, Associate Dean for Student and Diversity Affairs, is the faculty for the year-long UIC College Prep High School Health Careers Exploration Course. During the year, the participating students met with students, staff, and faculty from the UIC health sciences colleges. Field trips to the colleges were also part of the course.

GOOD AS GOLD—The DMD Class of 2019 presented Dr. Seema Ashrafi, Clinical Associate Professor, Periodontics, with the Golden Apple Award for their D-2 year, and the A-4 Class of 2018 awarded her the Golden Apple for their A-3 year. Dr. Courtney Lamb, Clinical Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry, received a Golden Apple Award from the Class of 2020. Dr. Aniruddh Narvekar, Clinical Assistant Professor, Periodontics, received a Golden Apple from the DMD Class of 2018 for their D-3 year.

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Learn Management of Dental Caries and Adhesive Dentistry for Children

The College of Dentistry, Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, and Crest + Oral-B will present a lecture, “Contemporary Prevention and Management of Dental Caries and Adhesive Dentistry for Children,” on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the College. Breakfast and refreshments are included. “An Update on Evidence-Based Recommendations for Caries Prevention and Management” will be presented by Dr. Margherita Fontana, Professor, Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics, University of Michigan School of Dentistry. “Adhesive Dentistry for Children” will be presented by Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, Associate Professor, Director Word of Mouth

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of Laboratory of Applied Biomaterials and Bio-interfaces, Department of Restorative Dentistry, and Program Director, Multidisciplinary Oral Sciences Training (MOST), UIC College of Dentistry. The event is free to UIC dental students, residents, and faculty; $30 for Delta Dental network dentists; and $55 for non-network dentists. Parking is free. Attendees can earn four Continuing Education credits for participation. For information or to register, log on to http:// deltadentalil.com/uiclecture.

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Accomplishments

Jennifer Bereckis, RDH, Director of Clinical Operations, has been appointed Chair of the Dental Education Committee for the Illinois State Dental Society. This is the first time in the history of the ISDS that a hygienist has been appointed chair of a committee. Newly boarded Periodontists, American Board of Periodontology, are former residents Drs. Scott Drucker, MS Oral Sciences and Periodontics ’16; Samia Sulieman, ’13 and MS Oral Sciences and Periodontics ’16; , and Jennifer Shango, MS Oral Sciences and Periodontics ’16; and faculty Drs. Dwayne Karateew, Fatemeh Gholami, and Aniruddh (Rudy) Narvekar. Dr. Karateew also is the newly appointed Postgraduate Program Director in Periodontics.

Departures

Jackie Orozco has departed the College after serving in various roles for more than ten years. Since 2009, she assumed the role of Billing Manager for the Office of Financial Affairs. Through these years, she led the billing team on numerous positive changes, including integration of dental insurance and the AxiUm billing system. Yolonda Silas, Human Resources Associate, has left the College to be Associate Director of Human Resources at the College of Medicine’s Graduate Medical Education Office. 

Promotions

Tim Sullivan was named Director of Academic Affairs and Registrar for the College of Dentistry. Sullivan was the Associate Director of Academic Affairs from 2010 until March of this year when he took on the role of interim Director and Registrar. He has a MEd in Instructional Leadership and Technology from UIC and a BA in Business Administration from Purdue. “His positive attitude and strong work ethic are contagious,” said Dr. Toni M. Roucka, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. “He will be a true asset to the COD in this leadership role.”    

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