School News

Bone Cancer Team

Severe pain is a common symptom of many types of bone cancers. As patients and providers seek new treatments for pain that do not involve opioids – which are known to have adverse side effects including addiction - scientists at the University of Minnesota are seeking new solutions.  

Alyssa Hedstrom, DDS and Jessica Lettelleir

School of Dentistry student Jessica Lettelleir is spending three weeks of her summer break in tiny Gilbert, Minnesota, building her skills under the supervision of Dr. Witney Cobby, DMD.

This summer, 18 School of Dentistry students like Lettelleir are serving patients in rural communities, mentored by dentists in private practice.

The Minnesota Collaborative Rural Oral Health Project program aims to expand access to care in underserved rural Minnesota communities by introducing emerging providers to rural life and practice.

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University of Minnesota researchers have discovered this previously unknown signaling pathway that regulates surface proteins on bacteria that can lead to new targets for antibiotics.

Conrado Aparicio, PhD, MScEng

Conrado Aparicio, PhD, MScEng, is the real deal. He is the consummate educator with superb student evaluations and a mentor of award winning students at all levels of professional education. Lauded by students as “100% good” and “a precious treasure”, he also is universally respected by faculty and colleagues as a scientific pioneer and thought leader with a global reach. 

Dentistry Leads

Congratulations to the Dentistry Leads cohort on successfully completing the Dentistry Leads program! The Dentistry Leads program, provided by the University of Minnesota’s Leadership and Talent Development office, assisted 16 School of Dentistry faculty in developing leadership skills, capacity, and readiness to better position themselves to take on larger leadership roles and effectively address departmental challenges.

Larry Wolff

Congratulations to Larry Wolff, MS, PhD, DDS, (Developmental/Surg Sci-Periodontology) who recently received a University of Minnesota 2018-19 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education.

Robert Isaacson, DDS, MS, PhD

Described as a visionary long before the phrase was popularized, four-time University of Minnesota alumnus Robert Isaacson, DDS, MS, PhD, was a man whose eye was always on the future. It was a perspective on life and work that he shared with his wife of 46 years, Delores, who was on campus March 25 to help announce the couple's commitment of $1 million to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Division of Orthodontics. The generous gift establishes the Dr. Robert J.

Give Kids a Smile 2019

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry dental, dental hygiene, dental therapy students, pediatric dentistry residents, staff and faculty came together on Saturday, February 9, at Moos Tower to provide oral health care to underserved children at the 14th annual Give Kids a Smile day.

(From L to R) Dean Gary Anderson and Professor Brett Larson

The 51st Professor of the Year Gala was held November 26, 2018, at the McNamara Alumni Center.  Dr. Brent Larson was honored with being the 2017 Century Club Professor of the Yearr awardee and given the signature plaque from Dean Gary Anderson.  The Century Club Professor of the Year is the School of Dentistry’s highest honor and is awarded each year to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding contributions to the School of Dentistry in the areas of education, service and research.

University of MInnesota School of Dentistry students established a new student group and also hosted a culture celebration this fall.