Replacement therapy, a novel caries-prevention therapy developed by UFCD oral biologist Jeffrey Hillman, Ph.D., receives the green light for human trials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Replacement therapy inoculates the oral cavity with a genetically engineered strain of Streptococcus mutans bacteria which outcompetes the wild-type, caries-causing S. mutans strains.
The laboratory of UFCD microbiologist Ann Progulske-Fox, Ph.D., announces that it has isolated live P. gingivalis bacteria from human atherosclerotic plaque. Though periodontal disease has long been associated with cardiovascular hardening of the arteries, this is the first time P. gingivalis bacteria have been dredged alive from human arterial tissues.
Dr. Clark and B.J. Hodge donate $600,000 to establish the Clark and B.J. Hodge Endowed Professorship in Orthodontics.
The college graduates its 30th D.M.D. class.
As part of the HRSA Teledentistry Grant implementation, digital radiography is installed enterprisewide in all college clinics.
April » The University of Florida and University of Alabama at Birmingham receive $25 million from NIDCR to establish a practice based research network in the southeast U.S. region (named the Dental Practice Based Research Network) to recruit private dentists as “practitioner-investigators” to investigate with scientific rigor the everyday clinical issues dentists face in their own practices.
October » In partnership with University Partnership Center of St. Petersburg College, the College of Dentistry opens a new 14,000 square-foot clinical and teaching facility on the campus of SPC in Seminole. The new clinic replaces the downtown St. Petersburg clinic and nearly triples the college’s patient visit capacity in Pinellas County, to 20,000 patient visits annually.
The NIDCR awards the college a five-year, $3.5 million grant to continue the research training program in oral biology.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine ranks UF College of Dentistry the No. 3 producer of Hispanic dentists out of 56 dental institutions in the U.S.
March » Through an anonymous donation, an I-CAT cone beam computed tomography machine is installed in the college’s main campus radiology suite.
May » The college is one of the first dental institutions to participate through signed agreement with the Biolase University Program, enabling six Waterlase MD units to be installed throughout the college in Faculty Practice and the departments of endodontics, pediatric and operative dentistry.
December » The Naples Children and Education Foundation (NCEF) donates $5.5 million to the College of Dentistry to fund the construction and operation of a state-of-the-art pediatric dental facility in Collier County. The $8 million clinic will be built on the campus of Edison College and will will offer specialized treatment for the county’s Medicaid-eligible and at-risk children.
The new position of Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs is created to advise the dean, chairs, center directors and individual faculty and administrators on matters affecting faculty. William P. McArthur, Ph.D., is appointed.
Entrepreneur Edward T. Quinn of Longwood, Fla. makes a $2 million gift (eligible for matching funds from the state) to the College of Dentistry to create the M. Franklin Dolwick University Chair, the largest ever established within the college.
Linda Bartoshuk, Ph.D., a professor of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, is elected to a three-year term on the Council of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).
Dr. Samuel Low, D.S.S., M.S., M.Ed., receives the 2008 Florida Dental Association’s J. Leon Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Award. Given during the annual Florida National Dental Convention held in June in Orlando, this is the highest achievement award bestowed by the FDA and is presented to someone who has displayed a lifelong commitment to enhancing dentistry.
December 3 » The NCEF Pediatric Dental Center, a collaboration between the Naples Children and Education Foundation, UF College of Dentistry, Edison College and Collier Health Services Inc., opens. The building includes a state-of-the-art pediatric dental facility and educational space.The clinic will provide specialized pediatric dental treatment to Collier County’s Medicaid-eligible and at-risk children during an estimated 15,000 patient visits each year.
The college’s D.M.D. program is granted accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements” by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). This status indicates that the program achieves or exceeds the basic requirements for accreditation. The next site visit for the pre-doctoral program will occur in 2015.
A new department, the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diagnostic Sciences, is created. Dr. Madhu K. Nair is appointed chair.
The D.M.D. Class of 2011 achieves a 100% first-time pass rate on the National Board Dental Examination Part I, and the class’s collective performance far exceeds the overall national average as well as the section averages.
Despite the economic challenges of the recession, the College of Dentistry garners over $18 million in research awards, exceeding previous years’ funding.
The American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) charters a student chapter at the UF College of Dentistry. This is only the third student chapter chartered by the national association.
March » The Department of Pediatric Dentistry dedicates their newly renovated clinic the “Dr. Robert E. Primosch Clinical Education Center.” The $700,000 clinic renovation was paid for entirely by donations from alumni and friends of the college.
The UFCD chapter of the Student National Dental Association is recognized as “Chapter of the Year” at their annual convention.
The college’s clinical management system changes from Quick Recovery to AxiUm, moving us closer to an electronic patient record.
The Florida Board of Governors considers proposals from Florida A&M University and the University of Central Florida to establish new dental schools in the state, as well as one from UF to expand enrollment at the College of Dentistry. Due to budget constraints and questions about whether another dental school is needed in Florida, none of the proposals are approved.
A new School of Advanced Dental Sciences is created to facilitate the integration of the college’s advanced education programs in endodontics, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontology and prosthodontics.
The college participates in a visioning and conceptual planning activity to address space planning and future facility needs to support new ways students learn, how patients experience the clinics, community space and other future college needs.
Major renovations of the dental tower lobby are completed, making the lobby a more inviting space with improved signage to make wayfinding easier for our patients.