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Dental Care And Oral Health Under The Clouds of COVID-19 Invited Commentary From JDR Clinical & Translational Research

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April 24, 2020, Alexandria, Va. USAJDR Clinical & Translational Research has published an invited commentary by researchers at the University of Rochester, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, N.Y., USA on dental care and the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), including the provision of dental care and protecting patients and staff during the pandemic. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed significant gaps in the collective response of global healthcare systems to a public health emergency,” said JDR Clinical & Translational Research Editor-in-Chief Jocelyne Feine. “Though dentistry is a relatively small part in the COVID-19 response, dental professionals and organizations should take this opportunity to assess the role of dental care professionals in a global public health emergency.”

The authors reviewed current evidence related to the impact of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 on dental care and oral health with the aim to help dental professionals better understand the risks of disease transmission in dental settings, strengthen protection against nosocomial infections and identify areas of COVID-19 related oral health research. 

April 2020 – E. Dianne Rekow

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E. Dianne Rekow is Professor Emeritus and former Executive Dean of King’s College London Dental Institute, England, now the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences, King’s College London. Her career has integrated engineering, material science and clinical dentistry. She first earned a B.S. in Physic and Mathematics, MSME in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a MBA from St. Thomas College.  After 11 years in various technical positions in industry, she returned to academics, earning a D.D.S., Orthodontic Certificate, and Ph.D. in Bioengineering all from the University of Minnesota. Throughout her career, she has held a number of leadership positions in both academics and industry, spanning Project Lead on a multi-million-dollar product development, Department Chair, Provost and Dean. Though a basic researcher, as a licensed clinician she has been able to identify research needs and integrate dental and engineering findings into clinical care. Dianne’s early work pioneered many of the concepts now integrated into dental CAD/CAM systems. Her team’s later work, funded by NIDCR, focused on damage initiation and propagation in brittle materials, integrating researchers from five academic institutions and five corporations across the world. Many students and post-doc fellows from the team are now successful academics and researchers in their own right. Dianne has and now holds leadership positions in a number of professional organizations. She is a fellow in AADR, IADR, the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontists (and Schweitzer Research Awardee of that organization) and the Academy of Dental Materials.  

Rekow was elected to membership in the Royal College of Medicine (England) and is a Fellow of King's College London. Now retired, she volunteers time to her community and continues to be actively engaged professionally, particularly focusing on demystifying technology and digital systems that can enhance oral and systemic health. 

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