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School of Dentistry

Tenure-track Salary Support

In 1999-2000, the School of Dentistry was awarded one of six national Comprehensive Oral Health Research Centers by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. The Center has as its central theme, "The basis of oral and craniofacial health and susceptibility to disease: a focus on the child as a key to lifelong oral health." The Center is designed to address the oral/craniofacial health of children, an approach that has great potential to produce life-long oral health, in a population recently cited by Congress as a priority for NIH. Seven specific aims are delineated which progress from basic research to provide new insight into origins of disease susceptibility in children; to translation of basic knowledge into new diagnostics, treatments, and preventive populations; to outreach designed to communicate the findings and educate practicing professionals, and to leverage research. The Center involves three health science schools (Medicine, Dentistry, and Public Health), Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, insurance carrier Washington Dental Service, Departments of Health in Washington and Micronesia, and collaboration with four foreign universities. The Center capitalizes on established strengths and activities in basic biological, clinical, behavioral and health services research and brings them to bear on understanding and addressing susceptibility to responses to oral bacterial biofilms, expanding community demonstration research to increase access to preventive dental care for children, and enhancing an established unique short-term research training institute for faculty.

This education and research UIF2 proposal requests tenure track salary support for recruitment of faculty who are established as outstanding teachers, highly regarded clinicians, and internationally respected research investigators. The support of these faculty is consistent with the School's strategic goals related to faculty renewal, patient centered educational models, simulation teaching programs, and the Comprehensive Oral Health Center.

Contact: Paul Robertson
Dean, School of Dentistry
Allocation: $67,023
Date Funded: December 1999