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Penn Dental Medicine Establishes Dual Degree with Penn Law »

Dec 19, 2012 This new DMD/JD degree brings the total number dual-degree programs at Penn Dental Medicine to six; students can begin applying to the program in January.


Dr. D Walter Cohen Selected for 2013 Gies Award »

Dec 13, 2012 Dr. Cohen will recieve the Award for Outstanding Achievement - Dental Educator to be presented March 18 at the 2013 ADEA Annual Session in Seattle.


Penn-Led Research Suggests a New Strategy to Prevent, Halt Periodontal Disease »

Dec 07, 2012 The study, published in the Journal of Immunology, was led by a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. George Hajishengallis, Department of Microbiology.


Penn Dental Medicine Receives $1.5 Million Grant for Student Scholarships »

Nov 14, 2012 The School is one of just three dental programs nationwide to receive this HRSA award this year, designed to support student diversity and increase access.


Penn Dental Medicine Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness »

Nov 05, 2012 Students and faculty in the clinics and clinicians and staff in the Penn Dental Faculty Practices offices reminded patients of the importance of early detection.


Students Recognize Outstanding Service, Make Connections with Alumni »

Oct 25, 2012 Award for Outstanding Service to Students presented by Executive Student Council at this annual networking event with alumni.


Inspired as a Child, a Penn Dental Student Hopes to Return the Favor »

Sep 27, 2012 Fourth-year student Miguel Padilla-Hernandez, also earning a master's in public health, wants to return to practice in the Hispanic neighborhood where he grew up.


In the News: Dr. Anh Le Working to Prevent, Reverse Bone Loss »

Sep 20, 2012 The new Chair of the Department of Oral Surgery/Pharmacology discusses her study of osteonecrosis of the jaw with the Penn Current.


Dr. William DeVizio Appointed to Penn Dental Medicine Board of Overseers »

Aug 30, 2012 Dr. DeVizio is Vice President for Oral Care Research & Development at Colgate-Palmolive Company and a Clinical Associate Professor at the UMDNJ.


Penn Dental Medicine White Coat Ceremony Welcomes Class of 2016 »

Aug 22, 2012 This incoming class includes 121 students – 54 men and 67 women, representing five foreign countries and 21 different states.


In the News: Dr. Andres Pinto Comments in Philly Tribune on Impact of Medicaid Dental Cuts »

Aug 08, 2012 Pennsylvania’s adult Medicaid recipients are facing reduced options for dental care due to state budget cuts. Dr. Pinto notes a far-reaching impact.


Penn Dental Medicine Represented at 2012 Multicultural Oral Health Summit »

Jul 30, 2012 This was the first ever joint session of the National Dental Association, the Hispanic Dental Association, and the Society of American Indian Dentists.


Dr. Beverley Crawford Receives NDAF/Colgate-Palmolive Recognition Award »

Jul 26, 2012 The award in the category of administration/service was presented as part of the National Dental Association’s Multicultural Oral Health Summit in Boca Raton, Fla.

In the News: Dean Kinane Talks with Next Avenue on Oral Health, General Health Link

In the News: Dean Kinane Talks with Next Avenue on Oral Health, General Health Link »

Jul 23, 2012 “Oral health and overall health is a two-way street,” says Denis Kinane. "If you have poor oral health, it can make chronic conditions, such as diabetes, worse."


Penn Dental Medicine Appoints Three New Department Chairs »

Jul 12, 2012 New chairmen have been named within the School’s Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/Pharmacology, the Department of Orthodontics, and the Department of Pathology.


Penn Dental Medicine Hosts Summer Mentorship Program for High School Students »

Jul 10, 2012 Students from Philadelphia public and charter schools will spend four weeks at the School learning about the field of dentistry.


A Day of Dental Outreach »

Jul 03, 2012 On June 23, Penn Dental Medicine hosted an outreach event with the Academy of General Dentistry, providing free dental care to underserved Philadelphians.


Dr. Phoebe Leboy Remembered for Leadership, Activism for Women Scientists »

Jun 25, 2012 Joining the Department of Biochemistry in 1966, Dr. Leboy, who died June 16, was a groundbreaking activist for women in academics.


Penn Dental Medicine Faculty Receive IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards »

Jun 21, 2012 Presented to Dean Denis Kinane and Dr. George Hajishengallis for their reseach achievements, the awards are among the highest bestowed by the IADR.


Penn Esthetics Symposium Draws, Features International Experts »

Jun 20, 2012 The three-day symposium drew approximately 500 attendees from throughout the country and around the world.


Office of Diversity Affairs Hosts Graduate Externship Program »

Jun 20, 2012 Dental students from Howard University College of Dentistry and Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry spent a week learning about the school's specialty programs.


Penn Dental, Penn Medicine Professors Co-Sponsor Conference on Innate Immunity »

Jun 08, 2012 Penn Dental's Dr. George Hajishengallis is helping to bring together researchers to discuss their study of the innate immune system, June 23-28 in Ixia, Greece.


Penn Dental Medicine and the Academy of General Dentistry to Treat Underserved Philadelphians »

Jun 05, 2012 Faculty, staff, and students will join with other volunteers on June 23 to provide free dental care to more than 500 Philadelphia residents.


Penn Dental Medicine Signs Exchange Agreement, Hosts Global Symposium in Tokyo »

Jun 01, 2012 Building on its global initiatives, the School signed a memorandum of understanding with Tokyo Medical and Dental University and presented the 5th Penn Endodontic Global Symposium.


Penn Dental to Help Create National Pain Management Training Protocols with Penn Medicine, Nursing »

May 30, 2012 Penn Dental's Dr. Elliot Hersh is co-principal investigator of a new NIH Center of Excellence in Pain Education, designated at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine.


Senior Class Presents Teaching Awards »

May 10, 2012 The awards were presented May 8 at the School’s Senior Farewell, which celebrates the passage of students to professional dentistry.


Students Present Research Posters at Annual Oral Health Fair »

May 07, 2012 Organized by Penn Dental Medicine’s student research organization, this annual event spotlights student research projects conducted throughout the academic year.


Students Help Raise Awareness, Funds for Oral Cancer »

May 04, 2012 The 4th Annual Philly Oral Cancer Walk and 5K Run drew 243 participants and raised nearly $13,000 for oral cancer awareness and research.


Oral Medicine Resident Receives Lester Burket Memorial Award »

May 03, 2012 Dr. Ying Wai Sia was recognized for her research, conducted with mentor Dr. Andres Pinto, Associate Professor of Oral Medicine.


Penn Dental Medicine Student Named AADR Gert Quigley Public Policy Fellow »

May 02, 2012 As a 2012-13 Quigley Fellow, first-year student Matthew Oishi will have the chance to learn how advocacy for dental research can affect the legislative process.


Penn Dental Medicine Hosts Walk, Run April 29 for Oral Cancer Awareness »

Apr 26, 2012 The student-run Oral Cancer Society organized the event; proceeds benefit the Oral Cancer Foundation. Free oral cancer screenings will also be conducted. Come join in!


In the News: Wall Street Journal’s Life & Culture Interviews Dean Kinane on Flossing »

Apr 17, 2012 Looking for expert advice on how to be a better flosser, the Wall Street Journal talks to Dean Kinane on the finer points of flossing.


In the News: Dr. George Hajishengallis Discusses Recent Research with NIDCR Science Spotlight »

Apr 17, 2012 Dr. Hajishengallis interviewed by NIDCR's Science Spotlight on a recently published paper on a potentially high-value new target in the fight against periodontal disease.


In the News: Dr. Richard Ricciardi Discuss his Viirus Reseach with the Penn Current »

Apr 12, 2012 Chair and Professor, Department of Microbiology, Ricciardi and his team are working to discover therapeutics that can be used to control infectious viral diseases.


George Hajishengallis, DDS, PhD, Joins Penn Dental as Professor of Microbiology »

Mar 21, 2012 Coming from the University of Louisviile, Dr. Hajishengallis is a leader in the study of host-microbe interactions and the impact of aging on inflammatory diseases.


Robert Ricciardi, MA, PhD, Named Chairman of the Department of Microbiology »

Mar 20, 2012 Dr. Ricciardi's research interests focus on mechanisms that control gene expression, viral tumorigenesis, and immune escape.


In the News: Dr. Rochelle Lindemeyer Comments in NYT on Rise of Cavities in Preschoolers »

Mar 06, 2012 The New York Times reports dentists nationwide say they are seeing more preschoolers at all income levels with 6 to 10 cavities or more.


Students Mark Black History Month, Celebrate Minority Dentists’ Contributions »

Feb 29, 2012 The Penn Dental Medicine chapter of the Student National Dental Association (SNDA) hosted this special event on February 23.


In the News: WHYY Interviews Dr. Andres Pinto on Access to Care »

Feb 10, 2012 Dr. Pinto comments on the Household Health Survey that found over 67,000 children in Southeastern Pennsylvania did not see a dentist in the previous year.


Philly Mag’s Top Dentists 2012 Listing Names 109 Penn Dental Medicine Alumni, Faculty »

Feb 03, 2012 Featured in the February 2012 issue, Penn Dental Medicine alumni and faculty make up approximately 54% of this annual "Top Dentists" listing.


Penn Global Endo Symposium Held in Krakow »

Jan 27, 2012 In 2012, Global Endo Symposia are planned for Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro.



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