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Dr. Martha Somerman at the podium

Honors

Former dean wins ADA Gold Medal for research

October 14, 2021 - Dr. Martha Somerman, who was dean of the School of Dentistry from 2002 to 2011, has become the first woman to win the American Dental Association’s Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research.

Dr. Martha Somerman

Dr. Gary Chiodo at desk

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Dean Chiodo announces plans to step down

September 24, 2021 - Citing health-related reasons, Dean Gary Chiodo has announced his intention to resign next year. Dean Chiodo, who came to the School of Dentistry a little more than three years ago, will continue to lead the school for the next 12 months as a national search begins for a new dean, University of Washington Provost Mark Richards said.

Dean Chiodo

Taking gingivitis sample from patients mouth

Research

UW researchers reveal new aspects of gum disease and body’s protective response

July 6, 2021 - A team led by University of Washington researchers has, for the first time, identified and classified how different people respond to the accumulation of dental plaque, the sticky biofilm that gathers on teeth.

dental plaque study