The UConn School of Dental Medicine has been named winner of the 2016 William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Academic Dental Institution.
The Gies awards, named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, are presented by the ADEAGies Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Dental Education Association. The Gies awards are considered to be among the pre-eminent awards in the field of dental education.
“We are truly honoured to be the recipient of this prestigious, national award,” said Dr. R.L. Monty MacNeil, dean of the UConn School of Dental Medicine. “It is a cooperative achievement, and all faculty, trainees and graduates of the programme since its inception have made significant contributions and should share in our pride. The award extends beyond the dental school and includes the graduate school and our valued faculty colleagues in the school of medicine.”
The school of dental medicine is home to more than 70 full-time faculty, 110 staff and 167 dental students. Founded in 1968, it has issued 1,585 dental medical degrees since its first graduating class of 1972. The school offers a full range of clinical dental services and last year provided care for nearly 75,000 dental patients.
The Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Academic Dental Institution recognises worthy and socially commendable actions that make a substantial contribution to oral health and dental education. The accomplishments of UConn’s skeletal biology and regeneration programme were highlighted in the nomination.
That programme, one of the seven areas of concentration in the biomedical science Ph.D. programme at UConn Health, is highly multidisciplinary and collaborates with basic science departments and centres across the schools of medicine and dental medicine.
Dr. Caroline Dealy, director of the skeletal biology and regeneration graduate programme, said the programme “has made a tremendous impact on training academic dentists and continues to educate the next generation of scientific scholars and health care practitioners”.
The Gies Award will be presented to UConn on March 14 at the ADEA’s annual session and exhibition in Denver.