Dr. Jane A. Weintraub, dean of the UNC School of Dentistry, was recently appointed to serve on the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council of the National Institute of Health (NIH). Her appointment will conclude at the end of November 2017.
The Council, which is comprised of 15 members, advises and consults with the secretary of DHHS and the director of NIDCR on issues related to research, research support, training and career development supported by NIH. It provides a secondary review of grant applications, cooperative agreements and career development award applications, among others.
“It is an honor to be appointed to a committee that I hold in high esteem,” said Weintraub. “I’m pleased to be able to provide input in the future of oral health research and the future of the research workforce.”
Weintraub is widely known for her expertise in oral epidemiology, dental public health and clinical research, and is considered a leader in research to understand and prevent oral health disparities. Following a seven-year employment at UNC, she took a position as the Lee Hysan Professor and chair of the Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry. From 2001 until 2011, when she returned to UNC, she was the director and principal investigator of the NIH-funded Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health, nicknamed the CAN DO Center. Weintraub is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health, a fellow of the International College of Dentists, and past president of both the AAPHD and the Behavioral Sciences and Health Services Research Group of the International Association of Dental Research. Her accolades include the 2009 IADR H. Trendley Dean Distinguished Scientist Award for her research in oral epidemiology and dental public health, the 2010 American Dental Association’s Norton Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, the AAPHD President’s and Special Merit Awards, and the 2012 Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors Distinguished Service Award.