UW School of Dentistry

Oral health research center renamed

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.

The Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health is also refining its mission to align more closely with the University of Washington’s groundbreaking Population Health initiative.

Dr. DeRouen, Professor of Oral Health Sciences in the School of Dentistry and Professor of Biostatistics and Global Health in the School of Public Health, was the School of Dentistry’s Executive Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs in 2003-2011 and Interim Dean in 2011-2012. He also served as President of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) in 2014.

Dr. Johnson and Dr. DeRouen shaking hands
Dr. James Johnson, Interim Dean of the School of Dentistry, congratulates Dr. Timothy DeRouen, board chair of the newly renamed Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health.

He has had a wide-ranging impact on oral health research through the Summer Institute in Clinical Dental Research Methods, which he founded in 1992 and which has trained approximately 600 researchers from more than 50 countries, along with more than half the states in this country.

Dr. Ana Lucia Seminario, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry and a member of the Global Health adjunct faculty at the UW School of Public Health, now directs the Center, while Dr. DeRouen chairs its board.

“One of our goals is to add an oral health component within ongoing UW projects worldwide,” said Dr. Seminario, who is an active researcher. While no new School of Dentistry operating funds have been directed to the renamed center, it will use existing funding, including grants, to pursue major collaborations with partners in Kenya, Peru, and Thailand. The first two countries were selected as the most promising new sites for oral health-related UW Global Health projects, she said.

More details are available on the Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health’s website.