Awards, Faculty and Staff

Holiday Dental Conference Foundation Establishes Clinical Research Award

The Holiday Dental Conference Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Charlotte, N.C., has pledged $25,000 to the UNC School of Dentistry’s Carolina First Campaign. The Holiday Dental Conference Clinical Research Award will be used to sponsor an annual award benefiting the clinical research efforts of the School’s faculty members.

“The purpose of the Holiday Dental Conference is to provide those in the field of dentistry with quality dental education and promote advancements in the profession,” explained Joe Camp, chairman of the Conference Foundation’s Speaker Support Committee and a 1964 graduate of the School of Dentistry. “The Conference Foundation donates regularly to dental assistant and hygiene programs at local technical colleges and clinics, but this marks the Foundation’s first endowment.”

Established in 1990, the Holiday Dental Conference is an annual continuing education conference held in Charlotte after Thanksgiving. The conference serves all groups involved in the field of dentistry, including dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, lab technicians, and secretaries with lecture topics covering all facets of dentistry, such as new advancements and techniques. Many of the participants include School of Dentistry graduates, and the School often sends faculty members to the conference as speakers.

The Conference Foundation made an initial contribution of $15,000 and will contribute $5,000 in 2004 and $5,000 in 2005 to create a $25,000 endowment. Selection of each year’s recipient or recipients of the Holiday Dental Conference Clinical Research Award will be determined by a faculty committee chaired by the Director of the Dental Research Center at the School of Dentistry.