News & Events

UW researchers learning how to fine-tune immune response

February 13, 2020 - A pair of studies led by University of Washington researchers has cast important new light on the body’s response to viral or bacterial invaders. Read more about immune response.

Students’ studies showcased during Research Day

January 30, 2020 - Apichai Yavirach, a student in the School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral Health Sciences, and Courtney Lang, a second-year dental student, won top recognition for their poster presentations at the School of Dentistry’s annual Research Day on Tuesday. Read more about Research Day 2020.

Student Estela Gomez Licea to receive service award at MLK event

January 14, 2020 - Third-year dental student Estela Gomez Licea will receive a Volunteer Service Award on Jan. 16 during the UW Health Science Center’s annual celebration of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Read more about Estela Gomez Licea.

Anti-aging drug holds promise for age-related oral diseases

January 13, 2020 - A team led by two UW researchers has found that a transplant drug with anti-aging properties can regenerate bone and decrease gum inflammation, pointing the way toward new treatments for common dental problems in aging patients. Read more about Rapamycin.

Orthodontics wire sculpture entries recognized

January 6, 2020 - Five students have shared recognition in the annual wire sculpture competition conducted by the School of Dentistry’s Department of Orthodontics.
Read more about Orthodontics Wire Sculpture.

UW School of Dentistry receives $2 million from late alumnus and wife

December 17, 2019 - The University of Washington School of Dentistry has received a $2 million gift from the estate of Dr. Joseph Spinola, an alumnus and longtime faculty member, and his wife, Carole, Interim Dean Gary Chiodo has announced. Read more about Spinola Gift.

UW dental student, 8 others killed in S.D. plane crash

December 3, 2019 - Tyson Dennert, a second-year student at the School of Dentistry, was killed along with eight other members of his extended Idaho family in a plane crash on Saturday near Chamberlain, S.D. Read more about Tyson Dennert.

Dr. Lauren Blanchard wins ethics award for patient care essay

November 14, 2019 - Even as they try to deliver the best possible care, dentists can encounter tough issues related to professional ethics. Read more about Ethics Award.

Noted researcher to lecture on craniofacial defects

October 24, 2019 - Dr. Rena D’Souza, past president of the American Association for Dental Research, will lecture on “A Novel Paradigm for the Reversal of Craniofacial Defects” on Oct. 31 from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in Room T-625 of the Health Sciences Center. Read more about Dr. Rena D'Souza.

Dr. Ana Lucia Seminario named to population health council

October 4, 2019 - Dr. Ana Lucia Seminario of the School of Dentistry faculty has been appointed to the University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative executive council for 2019-2020 by UW President Ana Mari Cauce. Read more about Population Health Council.

New study questions value of fluoride varnish

September 12, 2019 - Fluoride varnish has become a popular anti-cavity treatment for children, and it isn’t hard to see why. It’s relatively easy to apply, and not just for dentists or dental hygienists. Read more about fluoride varnish.

Researcher Jeffrey McLean named to key review panel

September 3, 2019 - Dr. Jeffrey McLean, an associate professor of periodontics at the School of Dentistry, has been named to a three-year term as a member of the Oral, Dental and Craniofacial Sciences Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review. The center is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Read more about Dr. Jeffrey McLean.

Dr. Joana Cunha-Cruz wins evidence-based dentistry award

August 1, 2019 - Dr. Joana Cunha-Cruz of the School of Dentistry faculty has received the 2019 Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) Mid-Career Faculty Award from the American Dental Association and the American Association for Dental Research. Read more about Dr. Joana Cunha-Cruz.

Dr. Linda LeResche retiring as research associate dean

July 9, 2019 - Dr. Linda LeResche, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty at the University of Washington School of Dentistry since 2011, has retired from her post, effective July 1, the school has announced. Read more about Dr. Linda LeResche.

Dr. Dianne Gan named Wands Fellow for 2019-20

July 1, 2019 - Dr. Dianne Gan, a second-year Graduate Prosthodontics resident at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, has been selected as the 2019-20 David H. Wands Fellow in Graduate Prosthodontics, the school has announced. Read more about Wands Fellow.

UW researchers test new reversible cement

July 1, 2019 - Dental cement is strong for good reason, but anyone who has had braces removed or a crown replaced knows what a struggle it can be for the dentist to pop off the old hardware. Read more about tooth cement.

School rises to No. 2 in global research rankings

June 28, 2019 - The University of Washington School of Dentistry has risen one spot to No. 2 in the world among dental schools in the new Academic Ranking of World Universities by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. Read more about Dental School Research.

Honorary society recognizes outstanding students, faculty

May 24, 2019 - The School of Dentistry’s chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), which is the dental equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa, inducted seven new student members and two faculty members on May 22. Read more about Honorary Society.

UW to honor Dentistry faculty member for public service

April 24, 2019 - Dr. Theresa Cheng, a clinical assistant professor of periodontics at the School of Dentistry, will receive a 2019 Award of Excellence from the University of Washington for outstanding public service. Read more about Dr. Cheng.

Oral cancer poses significant risk

April 22, 2019 - Oral and pharyngeal cancers are often thought of as relatively rare. Yet these cancers of the mouth and upper throat claim a life every single hour. Read more about Oral cancer risk.

Endodontics organization honors two UW faculty members

April 22, 2019 - Two School of Dentistry faculty members have received some of the highest recognition bestowed by their related professional association at the annual meeting of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE). Read more about dental faculty honors.

Starvation study shows bacteria’s survival skills

April 11, 2019 - A larger genetic inventory may help explain how certain dangerous bacteria can persist in a hospital environment and continue to infect patients, according to a new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more about starving bacteria.

Laquita Grissett named Magnuson Scholar

April 4, 2019 - Laquita M. Grissett, a PhD candidate at the School of Dentistry, has been named a University of Washington Magnuson Scholar for 2019-20, the university has announced. Read more about Magnuson Scholar.

UW researcher promotes oral health in at-risk communities

March 20, 2019 - Topical fluoride, dental visits, and a diet with little or no sugar are all effective tools to maintain healthy teeth. But how can you maintain dental health when families can’t – or won’t – make use of those tools? Read more about Dr. Cunha-Cruz.

Latino Center for Health to honor 2 on Dentistry faculty

March 19, 2019 - Two School of Dentistry faculty members will be honored at the annual Latinx Faculty Recognition Event on May 2 by the University of Washington’s Latino Center for Health.
Read more about Honored Dental Faculty.