UW School of Dentistry

IADR symposium to honor faculty member’s memory

A satellite symposium at this year’s annual meetings of the International Association for Dental Research in Seattle will honor the memory of the late Dr. H. Asuman Kiyak.

Dr. Kiyak, who passed away on May 6, 2011, was a professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Director of the UW’s Institute on Aging, with adjunct appointments in the UW’s Departments of Psychology and Architecture. She had served as the institute’s director since 1994, with a mission of improving the quality of life for older adults in the Pacific Northwest, and was known as a passionate and dedicated advocate for the elderly.

Dr. Kiyak

Dr. H. Asuman Kiyak

Budget cuts have since forced closure of the institute, which addressed challenges such as health care delivery and utilization, families and intergenerational issues, caregiving for frail elders, housing, and the concerns of older women and minorities.

The symposium, which will take place on March 20 from 9 a.m. to noon in Room 303 at the Washington State Convention Center, will address topics including:

  • A fluoride rinse program in Japan
  • Orthodontic surgery in youth and quality of life
  • Oral health disparities among middle-aged and older Americans
  • Oral health-related quality of life and well-being among older adults
  • Psychosocial contributions to oral health promotion

Dr. Lisa Heaton of the Department of Oral Health Sciences will offer introductory remarks at the symposium, in which time has been reserved for participants to offer their memories of Dr. Kiyak. The symposium will be sponsored by the Geriatric Oral Research Group and the Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research Group.

The School of Dentistry will also host a reception for faculty, staff, students and professional colleagues on March 21 during the annual meetings.

The event will be at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel in downtown Seattle from 5 to 7 p.m. It will be hosted by Dean Joel Berg; Dr. Linda LeResche, Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs; and Dr. Tim DeRouen, former Interim Dean and current Director of the newly created Center for Global Oral Health. Dr. DeRouen will assume the American Association for Dental Research presidency in 2014.

For details on the reception, contact Randy Newquist, Director of Dental Alumni Services, at randyn@u.washington.edu.