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Dentistry PhD candidate receives major grant to study oral pain syndrome

May 14, 2018 - Dr. Sumeia Werfalli, who is studying for her PhD in oral biology at the School of Dentistry, has been awarded a Scan│Design Foundation Innovative Pain Research Grant by the University of Washington Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine. Read more about oral pain study.

Dr. Martha Fales, former UW dental hygiene chair, dies at 101

May 2, 2018 - Dr. Martha Howard Fales, who chaired the Department of Dental Hygiene at the University of Washington School of Dentistry from 1961 to 1986, died on April 29 in Olympia, Wash., just weeks before her 102nd birthday. Read more about Dr. Martha Fales.

UW researchers find no-drill way to heal cavities

April 18, 2018 - A University of Washington research team that includes School of Dentistry faculty members has designed a natural product using engineered proteins called peptides to rebuild tooth enamel and heal cavities in their early stages. Read more about healing cavities.

Dr. Michael Baldwin named UW Magnuson Scholar

April 6, 2018 - Dr. Michael Baldwin, a 2015 University of Washington dental graduate who is also completing work on a PhD in oral biology at the UW, has been named a UW Magnuson Scholar for 2018-19. Read more about Dr. Michael Baldwin.

UW global oral health symposium set for July 31

April 3, 2018 - Registration has opened for a University of Washington national symposium on global oral health scheduled for July 31. Read more about oral health symposium.

Dr. Donald Chi named Pediatric Dentist of the Year

March 30, 2018 - Dr. Donald Chi, Associate Professor of Oral Health Sciences, has been named Pediatric Dentist of the Year by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). Read more about Dr. Chi.

School moves up in rankings

March 6, 2018 - The University of Washington School of Dentistry moved up one spot to No. 4 in the United States and retained its worldwide ranking of No. 14 in the newly released 2018 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings assessment of dental schools. Read more about dental school rankings.

UW launches new training program for children’s oral health

February 13, 2018 - A University of Washington Health Sciences team led by the School of Dentistry is launching an interprofessional training program to improve access to dental care for children ranging in age from the first year of life through 5 years. Read more about children's oral health.

Children offered free dental care at UW clinic on Feb. 20

February 12, 2018 - Sign-up spaces are still available for children’s free preventive dental care at the University of Washington’s Center for Pediatric Dentistry on Feb. 20.
Read more about free children's dental care.

Dr. Natasha Flake named to lead Department of Endodontics

February 1, 2018 - Dr. Natasha Flake, Associate Professor of Endodontics at the School of Dentistry, has been appointed  Acting Chair of the Department of Endodontics, Interim Dean James Johnson has announced. Read more about Dr. Natasha Flake.

Student competition winners announced at Research Day

January 30, 2018 - At the School of Dentistry’s annual Research Day on Tuesday, Kristie Cheng was announced as the winner of the Summer Research Fellowship (SURF) Student Clinician Competition. Cheng, a second-year dental student, presented a study of factors affecting citation rates in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Read more about Research Day 2018.

Dr. Avina Paranjpe selected for leadership training program

January 29, 2018 - Dr. Avina Paranjpe, Associate Professor in the Department of Endodontics, has received a fellowship to attend the 2018-19 American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute. Read more about Dr. Avina Paranjpe.

2 students to be honored for community service

January 5, 2018 - Second-year UW dental students Jessica Latimer and Marcus Hwang will receive 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards for their work in helping facilitate dental care for homeless people. Read more about community service.

Orthodontics contest shows students can sculpt more than smiles

December 7, 2017 - Dr. Kaz Kitagaito has taken first place in the annual wire sculpture contest conducted by the School of Dentistry’s Department of Orthodontics. Read more about Wire Sculpture.

Oral health research center renamed

November 29, 2017 - The Center for Global Oral Health, established at the School of Dentistry in 2013 to promote international collaborations in dental research and education, has been renamed to honor its founder, Dr. Timothy A. DeRouen. Read more about Oral health research.

Dr. James Johnson named interim dean

October 26, 2017 - The University of Washington has announced that Dr. James Johnson has been named interim dean of the School of Dentistry. Dr. Johnson, who has chaired the school’s Department of Endodontics since 2003, takes over from Dr. Joel Berg, who stepped down Oct. 23. Read more about interim dean.

Dr. John Ingle, noted endodontics educator, is mourned

September 28, 2017 - Dr. John Ingle, who founded the graduate endodontics program at the University of Washington in 1959 and was considered one of the world’s foremost figures in this field of dentistry devoted to root canals, passed away Monday in California. Read more about Dr. John Ingle.

Prosthodontics students take honors in research competition

September 27, 2017 - Dr. Michele Buda and Dr. Konstantina Angelara, recently graduated residents in the School of Dentistry’s Graduate Prosthodontics program, have won first and third place respectively in the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics’ annual Tylman Award competition. Read more about Tylman Award.

School honors Dr. Roy C. Page

August 31, 2017 - The School of Dentistry’s Department of Periodontics has renamed its research laboratory to honor one of the school’s most illustrious faculty members and researchers, Dr. Roy C. Page. Read more about Dr. Roy Page.

Dean Berg reappointed

August 17, 2017 - Dr. Joel Berg has been reappointed as dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry by UW  Provost Gerald Baldasty, pending formal approval by the UW Board of Regents. Read more about Dr. Berg.

New study reports benefits of dental therapists’ care

August 11, 2017 - In the first long-term study of dental therapist utilization, University of Washington researchers have found that greater access to the therapists’ services in Alaska resulted in more use of preventive dental services and fewer extractions among adults and children. Read more about benefits of dental therapists’ care.

School is 3rd in world in research ranking

July 13, 2017 - The University of Washington School of Dentistry is rated third in the world and the United States in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), which is heavily weighted toward research performance and reputation. Read more about research ranking.

Dr. Travis Nelson’s autism study featured in ADA journal

June 28, 2017 - Dr. Travis Nelson of the UW Center for Pediatric Dentistry is the lead author of a study on treating children with autism that is the cover article in the July issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read more about Dr. Nelson.

Wands Fellow in prosthodontics named for 2017-18

June 8, 2017 - The University of Washington School of Dentistry has announced the award of the David H. Wands Fellowship in Graduate Prosthodontics for 2017-18 to Dr. Jack Keesler. Read more about David Wands Fellowship.

Dr. Jonathan An named UW Magnuson Scholar

May 31, 2017 - Dr. Jonathan An, who earned his DDS degree from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 2016 and is now pursuing a PhD in oral biology at the school, has been named a UW Magnuson Scholar for 2017-18, the university has announced. Read more about Magnuson Scholar.