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Bennett T. Amaechi - December 2014

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Bennett T. Amaechi, B.Sc., B.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., F.A.D.I., is a professor of dentistry and director of cariology in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He has been with the University since 2001. He earned his B.Sc., B.D.S. from the University of Ife, Nigeria (now Obafemi Awolowo University), his M.Sc. from Guy's Hospital Dental School, University of London, UK, and his Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool.

Amaechi’s research expertise is in dental caries, with particular interest in clinical and laboratory trials of anticaries agents and caries diagnostics. He has mentored students, faculty and fellows, both in the United States and overseas, in these areas of research through his funding from industry and the National Institutes of Health. Through his collaboration with institutions worldwide to promote international interaction, he has mentored students and faculty members in countries such as China, Egypt, India, Iran, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nigeria, Singapore, Slovenia and Uganda. He has published extensively in scientific literature, including book chapters.

Tamanna Tiwari - November 2014

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Tamanna Tiwari, M.P.H., M.D.S., B.D.S., is a research associate in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado, Denver. She earned her B.D.S. and M.D.S. at Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune, India; and her M.P.H. from New York University.

Her main area of work is at the Center for Native Oral Health Research (CNOHR) in Colorado, which is one of the three Early Childhood Caries (ECC) disparities research centers funded by NIH-NIDCR in the United States. CNOHR conducts research aimed at developing culturally acceptable and effective strategies to prevent infectious oral diseases in American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Although both caries and periodontal disease are entirely preventable, disparities in oral health for American Indians and Alaska Natives are among the highest reported. 

October 2014

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This month, AADR is featuring AADR Institutional Section Member the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in the Strides in Science. AADR interviewed Associate Dean Russell Taichman to learn more about the scientific advances the school is making.

Currently, the University of Michigan School of Dentistry is an AADR President’s Circle Level Institutional Section Member. They have been a member since 1999 and have exhibited at many IADR and AADR meetings, including the 2014 AADR/CADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Charlotte, N.C. 

David C. Johnsen - September 2014

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David C. Johnsen, D.D.S., M.S., is dean and a professor at the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics, Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Johnsen received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Michigan in 1970 and his M.S. in pediatric dentistry from the University of Iowa in 1973. He became board certified in pediatric dentistry in 1978. 

Johnsen served on the faculty of West Virginia University from 1974-1980, where he taught predoctoral pediatric dentistry. There, he received the Outstanding Teacher Award in 1976. In 1980 he joined Case Western Reserve University, where he continued teaching predoctoral pediatric dentistry. He remained on the faculty until 1995, serving as a department chair, intermittently as director of the residency program, and as interim dean in 1993. From there he moved to the University of Iowa, where he has been the dean of the College of Dentistry since 1995. 

Kesavalu Lakshmyya - August 2014

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Kesavalu Lakshmyya, B.V.Sc., M.Sc., S.C.C., is an associate professor at the University of Florida, College of Dentistry, Department of Periodontology. Prior to joining the University of Florida faculty, he was an associate research professor at the University of Kentucky, Department of Oral Health Science, Center for Oral Health Research. 

He earned his B.V.Sc. in veterinary medicine and surgery from Madras University, Chennia, India, in 1971; his S.C.C. in advanced statistics from the Institute of Agricultural Research Statistics, New Delhi, India, in 1975; and his M.Sc. in medical microbiology from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, in 1979. Additionally, he was a post-doc fellow at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, Denver and at the University of Texas at San Antonio Health and Science Center, where he worked on a National Institutes of Health-National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research project under his research mentors Jeffrey Ebersole and Stanley Holt. 

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