The University of Washington School of Dentistry

The University of Washington School of Dentistry, one of only two dental schools in the Pacific Northwest, is a worldwide leader in dental education and research, consistently ranking in the top tier of U.S. dental schools for National Institutes of Health funding. The school furnishes comprehensive clinical care, including all dental specialties and unique programs such as DECOD for people with disabilities; the Dental Fears Research Clinic; and Advanced General Dentistry, whose students treat medically compromised patients.

Tent City 3 dental clinic

On Feb. 4, our student and faculty volunteers for Husky Health Bridge staged a dental clinic for the residents of the UW's Tent City 3. We're Husky Proud to serve our community!

Our students and faculty reached out to the residents of Tent City 3 on the UW campus today, staging a pop-up clinic in five chairs at the Fishery Sciences Building and in a nearby Medical Teams International mobile dental van. Nearly 20 first-year and third-year students, led by first-year student Brandon Walker, performed cleanings, extractions and restorative procedures under the direction of Drs. Jeffrey, Newman, Stewart, and Nichols. Also on hand to help were six event coordinators for Husky Health Bridge, the parent UW organization supporting this outreach, plus eight pre-health student escorts. More than 20 patients were expected to receive treatment and personal hygiene kits, and another clinic is planned for March 11. Thanks to sponsors Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, and the School of Dentistry Student Council for their support!

Congratulations to our student winners in Tuesday's annual Research Day poster presentations! Second-year student Paul Lutgen took top honors at the HUB for his research on silver diamine fluoride, and he'll go on to represent the UW at this year's American Association for Dental Research/International Association for Dental Research student competitions. Second and third place went to second-year students Birkin Owart and Sesha Hanson-Drury respectively.
The graduate student winner was Dr. Tom Kantrong, for his presentation titled "Bacterial Internalization and Non-Canonical Toll-like Receptor 4(TLR4) Are Required for Chemokine Ligand-8 (CXCL-8) Response by Oral Epithelial Cells." Dr. Michael Baldwin took second place and Dr. Mikhail Garibov was third.The graduate research competition was organized by the Seattle Section of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR), whose national meeting Dr. Kantrong will attend with AADR support.
Dr. Gary Franklin, a UW Medicine research professor and medical director of the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries, delivered a timely keynote talk on the opioid abuse epidemic. Our Dentistry faculty members also made presentations: Dr. Natasha Flake discussed drug use and local anesthetic efficacy; Dr. Chris Hague reviewed the pharmacology curriculum; and Dr. Travis Nelson spoke on temperament and sedation in pediatric dentistry.

Life Continues Within the Body After Death, Evidence Shows

Cellular life processes such as gene transcription continue for a while even after death, according to a study published by senior author Peter Noble and a team of researchers in the journal Open Biology. (Dr. Noble is an affiliate member of our UW Department of Periodontics faculty.) Fascinating! The body keeps working to repair itself after death, according to a provocative new study that could offer insight into how we might put the big sleep on hold.

UW Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery set to open new state-of-the-art facility-

Our oral surgeons are on the move! The UW Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery's faculty practice will move to new quarters as the UW Northwest Center for Oral and Facial Surgery on Feb. 1. Led by Dr. Thomas Dodson, the department chair, the practice will be in a state-of-the-art facility it will share with our UW Center for Pediatric Dentistry at Seattle's Magnuson State Park. At the same time, the department will continue to operate its clinics at the School of Dentistry and at Harborview Medical Center to ensure that critical community needs are still met. The University of Washington Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery announces the opening of the UW Northwest Center for Oral and Facial Surgery in northeast Seattle. The new enterprise begins clinical operations on Feb. 1 at Building 25 in Magnuson Park.

Last week, our Curriculum Committee and office of Academic Affairs held a workshop for course directors and instructors in our new Foundations biomedical science curriculum. Foundations, which completed its first full cycle of courses in December, has already earned high praise from the Committee on Dental Accreditation reviewers who visited us in November.
Key participants were recognized for their role in the new curriculum, including Dr. Whasun Chung, Dr. David Dean, Elizabeth Garcia, Dr. Lisa Heaton, Dr. Susan Herring, Patti Howell, Dr. Susanne Kolare Jeffrey, Dr. Larry Lawton, Dr. Wenjie Li, Suk Makhnoon, Braulio Peguero, Dr. Katherine Rafferty, Dr. Mark Schubert, Dr. Al Sipols, and Dr, Hongjun Wang. Special recognition went to Dr. Bruce Silverstein for his key role in organizing this curricular initiative. Congratulations to all of those who have worked so hard to strengthen our basic science instruction!

Local Syrian refugees receive dental screenings-

Our students, faculty and staff stepped up yesterday and delivered free screenings to dozens of Seattle-area Syrian refugees. They'll hold another round of screenings on Jan. 27, with the goal of having 85 to 100 of these patients admitted for care at the School of Dentistry. Thanks to Dr. Alaa Yassin, one of our Periodontics residents who organized the screenings, our terrific Patient Services and Center for Pediatric Dentistry staff who made it all run smoothly, and all the other volunteers and organizations that supported this outreach. School of Dentistry faculty and students have begun screening dozens of area Syrian refugees for dental care at the University of Washington.

School’s Kathy Hobson receives MLK volunteer honors-

Today we salute Kathy Hobson, this year's School of Dentistry recipient of a Volunteer Service Award during Thursday's Martin Luther King Jr. birthday commemoration observance at the UW Health Sciences Center. Kathy was honored for her work using Mason, a therapy dog, to comfort patients at the UW Medical Center and other Seattle-area hospitals. She and Mason also lead reading programs at area libraries. We're all proud of Kathy! (And you're pretty special too, Mason.) Kathy Hobson, a counseling services coordinator in the Department of Oral Health Sciences, received a Volunteer Service Award during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday commemoration at the University of Washington Health Sciences Center on Jan. 12.

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