Events, Faculty and Staff, Research, Students

ASOD faculty, staff, students make impact at national meetings

ASOD faculty, staff and students attend the ADEA annual meeting in New Orleans.

Dilek Uyan, Keith Phillips and Ashley Tittemore presented at the ADEA meeting in New Orleans.

UNC Adams School of Dentistry is a leader among oral health educators, and each year, we are able to share our discoveries, our triumphs and our achievements with the rest of the nation. The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and American Association for Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) gather the best and brightest for their annual meetings every year, and ASOD was well represented at these meetings by faculty, staff and our students. The work of our team stands out, even among stellar participants, and the expertise, dedication, discoveries and experiences are always highlights at these events.  

The ADEA meeting featured 20 of our faculty, staff and students presenting and a total of more than 30 participants from ASOD. Our presentations were so popular, we maxed out space for audiences and dozens of people had to be turned away. The conference organizers recognized the interest in our sessions and even changed some of our presentation rooms to try to accommodate everyone. We received great feedback for our ACT curriculum and assessment model as well as our other presentations. Our students showcased their Academic Dental Career Fellowship program goals and accomplishments as they considered a future career in academics.  

ASOD faculty and research leaders and collaborators mingled at a reception.

Adams School of Dentistry was also well represented at the AADOCR annual session where our students and faculty gave more than 35 presentations during the event. It was a wonderful time for scientists and collaborators to exchange ideas, share insights from their work and network about future research endeavors. Our researchers and some of their collaborators joined us at a reception during the event to celebrate their accomplishments.

ASOD’s Kimon Divaris, DDS, PhD, received the 2024 IADR H. Trendley Dean Memorial Distinguished Scientist Award at the IADR opening ceremony March 13. The award is given for meritorious research in epidemiology and public health. It is one of the highest honors bestowed by IADR. ASOD’s Patricia Miguez, DDS, MS, PhD, was named a 2024 AADOCR Fellow and president of Women in Science Network (WISN). Miguez’s goal is to help raise awareness to the barriers that remain and need to be addressed to increase women’s representation at academic and scientific institutions, especially in leadership roles.