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Program Highlight: University of Illinois Chicago COD

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The University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry (UIC COD) made exciting strides in the areas of research, leadership and inclusion. See some of their October highlights below.

Dr. Michael Han Awarded Osteo Science Foundation’s Philip J. Boyne Research Award

Michael Han, D.D.S., FACS, of the UIC COD Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was awarded the Osteo Science Foundation's Philip J. Boyne Research Award for his research on the use of near-infrared multispectral imaging to investigate the role of soft tissue flap perfusion on outcomes of hard tissue regeneration in the jaws. This will be the first reported use of near-infrared multispectral imaging in the oral cavity and in the maxillofacial region. The $35,000 grant will allow Dr. Han and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department to leverage the robust clinical volume and research culture to make contributions to the regenerative sciences.

Jessica Poon Appointed National ADEA 2022-2023 District 7 Commissioner Representing UIC

Jessica Poon was appointed as the National ADEA 2022-2023 District 7 Commissioner representing UIC COD. The District Commissioner serves as a communicating point between seven dental schools in the Midwest and the ADEA Council of Students, Residents and Fellows.

Department of Orthodontics Raises Awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October was National Breast Awareness Month and the UIC COD Department of Orthodontics helped raise awareness by decorating their clinic pink and wearing pink PPE. They also encouraged patients to pick pink ligature ties and elastics as well as wear pink for their ortho visit.

The initiative was kick-started in 2016 by ortho graduate John Polivka, whose mother was diagnosed with breast cancer while he was a resident. The Ortho Department is proud to keep the tradition going years later. 

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The Effect of Smoking and Brushing on the Color Stability and Stainability of Different CAD/CAM Restorative Materials

Stuart Schelkopf, D.D.S., M.S., FACP, (Class of 2014), Judy Chia-Chun Yuan, D.D.S., M.S., and Cortino Sukotjo, D.D.S., Ph.D., (Class of 2017), faculty members at the College of Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, and their collaborators published a research paper in the journal Materials entitled The Effect of Smoking and Brushing on the Color Stability and Stainability of Different CAD/CAM Restorative Materials.

This study investigated and compared the color stability and stainability of computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) restorative materials in their glazed (G) and polished (P) state when exposed to cigarette smoke, as well as after brushing. The exposure to cigarette smoke showed that lithium disilicate, zirconia, and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) are all susceptible to staining but brushing decreases surface staining.

UIC COD ASDA Attends District 7 Meeting

In October, board members of UIC’s American Student Dental Association (ASDA) Chapter attended the District 7 Meeting in Itasca, IL. It was filled with seminars on professional development, wellness initiatives and more. Second-year student Deniz Namik won the Rising Leader Award for her work on the local and district levels.

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HSDA Hispanic Heritage Month Sale

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the history, customs, cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans to our society. The Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA) celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing some delicious, homemade Hispanic cuisines and sweet treats with our college community!

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The DiPietro Lab Attends the Annual Meeting of the European Tissue Repair Society in Lyon, France

The UIC COD DiPietro Lab recently attended the annual meeting of the European Tissue Repair Society in Lyon, France. Members of the lab team who attended included Lin Chen, M.D., M.S., Ph.D., M.D.; Ph.D. graduate students Trevor Leonardo, May Barakat, and Chen Han; and undergraduate Angela Xu. The lab presented two posters and provided two oral presentations. Mr. Chen Han won first place in the Young Investigator Competition. This award provides Mr. Chen with an expenses-paid trip to the annual Wound Healing Society meeting next spring in Baltimore, MD.

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Courtesy of Anissa Rodriguez, Marketing Manager, University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry

Published on November 9, 2022



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