College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics

Akimasa Tsujimoto

Iowa Operative Dentist Receives Industry Grant to Investigate Restorative Dental Materials

A Japanese dental materials and equipment manufacturer awarded Akimasa Tsujimoto, associate professor of Operative Dentistry, an $18,000 grant for his project evaluating the bonding performance of newly developed self-adhesive resin luting cement which can be used with or without a universal adhesive to various substrates. The aim is to determine whether this resin luting cement can improve the durability of dental esthetic restorations.

Health Care Bill

Two More Dental Alumni Speak Out on Medicaid Reimbursement for Dentists

Last week, we highlighted how two alumni, Iowa Dental Association President Zach Kouri ('03 DDS) and Mike Stufflebeam ('00 DDS, '02 Ped) were advocating publicly on the need to increase the reimbursement rate for Medicaid dental services. This past week, two other alumni added their voices to the mix. Sara Stuefen ('10 DDS) spoke about the choice before Iowa: "We can either continue to underfund the dental Medicaid program, leading to fewer and fewer options for patients on Medicaid to seek care, or adequately fund the program to ensure that low-income Iowans find a local dental home where their oral health can be maintained." Brian Kim ('13 DDS) spoke about the consequences of inaction: "The current system will result in more patients seeking emergency treatment in the emergency room, which is ill-suited for treating dental emergencies. These are emergencies that could be prevented and treated more efficiently, at a lower cost to patients and taxpayers, if the patient could establish a dental home with a local provider."

Dean Stanford and alumni at the Chicago Mid-Winter Retreat

Alumni Join Dean Clark Stanford at the Chicago MidWinter Retreat

It’s been two years since Iowa dental alumni and friends gathered together in Chicago during the MidWinter meeting. Almost 100 dental alumni and friends attended the February reception in Chicago along with the college's soon-to-be new dean, Clark Stanford. 

A researcher giving an oral presentation

The College Thanks the Support Team for a Successful Iowa Section of the AADOCR

Associate Dean for Research, Xian Jin Xie expresses his thanks and appreciation to the Iowa Section of the AADOCR Officers and Planning Committee, and the numerous mentors, moderators, and judges who all made the meeting a success. The elected AADOCR officers for the event were: Carolina Cucco, Emily Lanzel, Sukirth Ganesan, Sara E. Miller, Kyungsup Shin, and Brian Howe. The additional planning committee members and support staff are: Sheila Britton, Barb Colbert, Pat Conrad, Hao Geng, Sean Kelley, Rhiannon Montelius, Viki Mueller, Amanda Shoemaker, and Michael Tilley. 

One Day for Iowa March 30, 2022

One Day for Iowa on March 30, 2022

One Day for Iowa is the University of Iowa's annual giving day. It will be held on March 30, 2022 this year, and it is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and alumni to give back and support the university and the college who gives so much to us. The College of Dentistry's priority area is the collegiate priorities fund designed to support strategic priorities for the college. We hope you can be a part of helping us serve others! 

Mikaela Rhoads

The College of Dentistry Welcomes Mikaela Rhoads

Mikaela Rhoads is joining the College of Dentistry as a new Research Support Specialist in the Iowa Institute of Oral Health Research working alongside Ann Lawler, Research Support Manager. Mikaela is a native of Iowa City and a graduate of the University of Iowa. Mikaela comes from the City of Iowa City as an Internal Auditor and Budget Analyst. Previously, she had experience working at the University of Iowa State Hygienic Laboratory as a Research Support Specialist and as a Research Billing Compliance Coordinator for the University of Iowa Joint Office for Compliance. Mikaela enjoys cooking, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her chihuahua mix rescue dog, Leo. Mikaela is very excited to be joining the College of Dentistry team!


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March 7, Cocoa, Coffee, and Conversations, W220A/B, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 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 4, Ph.D. Thesis Defense: Waheed Awotoye, "Contribution of genetic variants to orofacial clefts in African populations," mentored by Azeez Butali, via Zoom, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 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

Worker's Compensation Policy Reminder

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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