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University of Minnesota School of Dentistry faculty members Mark Herzberg, DDS, PhD and Sheila M. Riggs, DDS, MS, DMSc were among those receiving the first Grand Challenges Research grants from the University.

The School of Dentistry at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair

University President Eric W. Kaler and Mrs. Karen Kaler were among the more than 500 fairgoers who stopped by the School of Dentistry's booth at the Minnesota State Fair on August 26. The exhibit featured activities that promote the school's patient clinics and research expertise, and advance awareness of oral health as an integral component of health and wellbeing.

DDS Class of 2020 takes their oath

First-year dental, dental therapy and dental hygiene students were welcomed to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry on September 16, 2016, at Northrop Auditorium at a White Coat Ceremony.

In the clinic setting, professional attire evokes the trust and respect of patients. The White Coat ceremony impresses upon future practitioners the significance of that trusting relationship and celebrates their commitment to the goals of professionalism, ethical practice, scientific and technical expertise, and compassionate service to others.

Dr. Todd Thierer

The University of Minnesota Provost’s Office has appointed Todd Thierer, D.M.D., M.P.H., to serve as acting dean of the School of Dentistry.

Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson announced the appointment on Wednesday, August 29, at a meeting with School of Dentistry staff and faculty. Thierer, whose term as acting dean became effective August 31, replaces the retiring Leon Assael, D.M.D. Thierer currently serves as associate professor and associate dean for clinical affairs.

The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded the School of Dentistry an 18-month, $144,802 grant to improve access to and quality of oral health care for Minnesota's underserved, limited English proficiency population by developing oral health care providers' capability to work with trained interpreters.

Mobile Dental Clinic 1

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has awarded the University of Minnesota Foundation (on behalf of the School of Dentistry) a grant of $1,000,000, payable over three years, to fund the UCare Mobile Dental Clinic.

MRI technology is not commonly found in a dental practice. But findings from a proof of concept study posted online in advance of publication by DentoMaxillofacial Radiology report that MRI technology can help dentists identify microrcracks in teeth and allow for intervention before significant damage is done.

Walker Dental Clinic opening day

LeadingAge National has named the Walker Methodist Health Center Dental Clinic as the recipient of its 2016 Innovations Award. LeadingAge is the national organization of 6,000+ not-for-profit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, including 38 state partners. The award will be presented in October at the organization's annual meeting.

Dean Leon Assael

Leon Assael, D.M.D., will retire as dean of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry by the end of the 2016-17 academic year.  


In a study published online in the Journal of Virology, University of Minnesota scientists in the School of Dentistry-based Institute for Molecular Virology, analyzed seven different retrovirues, including two types of HIV as well as HTLV-1, a virus that causes T-cell leukemia.  They found that no two kinds of retroviruses look -- or act -- the same.   


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