College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics

A collage of the award winners

2022 Iowa Section of the AADOCR Awards

The Iowa Section of the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) is pleased to announce its 2022 awards. The 69th Annual Iowa Section of the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial was held on Tuesday, February 15. Judges evaluated each submission for each category and determined the award winners based on the quality of the research and the presentation. These awards represent the exciting research that students, staff, and visitors are conducting and presenting.

Health Care Bill

Two Dental Alumni Speak Out on Medicaid Reimbursement for Dentists

Iowa Dental Association President Zach Kouri ('03 DDS) and Mike Stufflebeam ('00 DDS, '02 Ped) both wrote opinions for Iowa newspapers on the need to increase the reimbursement rate for Medicaid dental services. According to Kouri, the current payment structure means that a dentist will effectively be losing money to provide dental care to Iowa's Medicaid patients, and according to Stufflebeam, this means that families who have Medicaid dental coverage have to miss work and school to travel long distances to find dental care. 

Robert Bowers

Bowers Receives Innovation Fund Support to Develop a Novel Intraosseous Anesthesia Delivery Device

Robert Bowers, assistant professor in Family Dentistry, has been awarded a competitive 2022 College of Dentistry Innovation Fund award from UI Ventures for his research grant entitled Employment of a Novel Living Hinge Device to Optimize Intraosseous Anesthesia Delivery.

The goal of Bowers’ project is to further develop, test, and manufacture a novel intraosseous delivery device that he has designed with UI Protostudios. This particular device is designed to facilitate predictable intraosseous injections in a safe and efficient manner for both patients and clinicians.

"We are very fortunate to benefit as a department and college from [Bower's] expertise and passion!" said Chris Barwacz, chair of Family Dentistry.

Iowa Dental Foundation

IDF Accepting Scholarship Applications

The Iowa Dental Foundation (IDF) is currently accepting scholarship applications. All dental (D3s), dental hygiene, dental assistant, and dental lab technician students are encouraged to apply. Dental students may receive up to $5,000 and all other dental professional students up to $750. The total number of scholarships awarded and amounts vary each year. For more information or to see past awardees, visit the IDF webpage. Completed applications must be submitted by May 1, 2022.  


Ettinger RL, Marchini L, Childs CA. Are Root-Supported Overdentures Still An Alternative To Implant-Supported Overdentures? A Scoping Review. J Prosthodont. 2022 Feb 20. doi: 10.1111/jopr.13498. PMID: 35187751.

Ganesan SM, Dabdoub SM, Nagaraja HN, Mariotti AJ, Ludden CW, Kumar PS. Biome-microbiome interactions in peri-implantitis: a pilot investigation. J Periodontol. 2022 Jan 24. doi: 10.1002/JPER.21-0423. PMID: 35073418.

Mukhopadhyay N, Feingold E, Moreno-Uribe L, Wehby G, Valencia-Ramirez LC, Restrepo Muñeton CP, Padilla C, Deleyiannis F, Christensen K, Poletta FA, Orioli IM, Hecht JT, Buxó CJ, Butali A, Adeyemo WL, Vieira AR, Shaffer JR, Murray JC, Weinberg SM, Leslie EJ, Marazita ML. Genome-wide association study of multiethnic nonsyndromic orofacial cleft families identifies novel loci specific to family and phenotypic subtypes. Genet Epidemiol. 2022 Feb 22. doi: 10.1002/gepi.22447. PMID: 35191549.


February 25, Alumni Reception at the 2022 Chicago Mid-Winter Meeting, Intercontinental Hotel, Chicago, IL, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

March 8, Think Again Book Discussion with David Drake: Part 3 and 4, W220 A/B, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m

March 11, CE Live Distance Course: Local Anesthesia: Pathways for More Effective and Timely Pain Management, 8:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

March 29, Seminars in Dental Research: Astha Singhal, Developing New Measures of State Medicaid Adult Dental Benefit Generosity, hosted by Julie Reynolds, via Zoom 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m

April 8, CE Live Distance Course: Evidence-Based Dentistry and Treatment Planning for the Practicing Dentist, 8:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

April 14, University District Dental Society Spring Business Meeting, Dental Prosthetic Services, Cedar Rapids, IA, 6:00 p.m.

April 28, New Dentist Reception at the Iowa Dental Association Annual Session, Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, IA, 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

April 29, University of Iowa Alumni Reception at the Iowa Dental Association Annual Session, Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, IA, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

April 28­-29, Business of Dentistry Track at the Iowa Dental Association Annual Session, Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, IA

Pre-doctoral students (DDS/DMD candidates) and Master’s students (2 or 3 year programs) who wish to undertake novel Cariology research are invited to apply for the new Student Research Award sponsored by the American Academy of Cariology (AAC). The application opened on February 9, 2022, and closes on April 15, 2022. More details are available on the American Academy of Cariology website.

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