MitchellGeorge Lewis Mitchell Jr., DMD, a UAB School of Dentistry alumnus and adjunct professor and practicing dentist in Gadsden, Alabama, was recently elected second vice president of the American Dental Association. Mitchell’s election took place during a meeting of the ADA House of Delegates in Denver, Colorado. Read more in UAB News.

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham is one of 13 institutions involved in the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), which involves a collaboration between the UAB schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Professions. The program continues to be supported by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“Since 1989, this program has provided opportunities for thousands of college students interested in a career in medicine and dentistry,” said Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., president and CEO of the AAMC. “By expanding to additional health professions, this unique enrichment program will strengthen academic proficiency and career development opportunities for students underrepresented in the health professions, and prepare them for a successful future in health professions schools.”

SHPEP is a free, six-week summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students from communities underrepresented in the health professions, including, but not limited to, individuals who identify as African-American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native, and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from socioeconomically and educationally disadvantaged communities. SHPEP offers students a number of academic and career experiences, including an introduction to inter-professional education that addresses effective collaboration across health professions.

Program leadership at UAB is shared by Marquita Hicks, M.D., director of Community Engagement, School of Medicine; Michelle Robinson, DMD, associate dean for Health Information and Business Systems, School of Dentistry; and Tracee Synco, Ph.D., associate dean of Student Recruitment, School of Health Professions.

Application opens November 1; the deadline for submission is March 1. For more information or to apply for this free six-week academic summer enrichment program for college freshmen and sophomore students, visit SHPEP.

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As fall begins, so do youth sports like football, baseball, softball and soccer - all of which can result in sport-related injuries to the mouth.

In older children and adults, sports injuries are common.  Dentists estimate that between 13 and 39 percent of dental injuries occur while playing sports. Nearly 80 percent of all dental injuries affect at least one of the front teet, while damage to the tongue or cheek is common.

More than 5 million teeth are avulsed, displaced from their socket, each year, many during sports activities.  This results in nearly $500 million spent on replacing these teeth each year.  According to the CDC, sports-related dental injuries account for more than 600,000 emergency room visits each year.

Find out how you can protect your smile while playing sports.

Community DayMore than 500 underserved and homeless people in the Birmingham area received teeth cleanings, fillings and extractions at no cost as part of the fourth annual UAB Dentistry Cares Community Day, which took place Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry.

Organized by the UAB School of Dentistry, more than 300 volunteers took part in the charitable event, including partners from, Alabama Dental Association, The Foundry Dental Clinic, Cahaba Valley Health Care, and other local dentists, health agencies and companies.

“This is something that we decided to do because we realized there is so much need for dental care for low-income adults,” said Assistant Dean for Community Collaborations and Public Health Conan Davis, DMD. “It’s taken a good bit of effort behind the scenes to get this going, but we are so thankful to all of our partners who make this event successful.”

Read more in the UAB News.

Michael Reddy 2011 08Dr. Michael S. Reddy, Dean, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry, is the 2016 recipient of the William J. Gies Annual Periodontology Award presented by the William J. Gies Foundation for the Advancement of Dentistry of the American Dental Education Association, Inc. (The ADEAGies Foundation). The award is conferred to those who have made significant contributions to periodontal literature and the advancement of dental education.

Dr. Reddy joined the UAB faculty in 1989 and has served in a variety of leadership positions. In 2012, he was named the eighth Dean of the UAB School of Dentistry. Under his leadership the School of Dentistry has become a national leader in clinical dentistry and progressive education.

Dr. Reddy is an internationally recognized master clinician in the area of periodontal therapy and dental implants. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Periodontology and Editor of Clinical Advances in Periodontics and he serves as an examiner for the American Board of Periodontology. His research focuses on the interrelationships between oral infections and overall health and regenerative medicine approaches in the oral cavity. He has served as a scientist in multiple UAB research centers including the Center for Metabolic Bone Disease and the Center for Aging. He has had continuous NIH funding for more than 25 years and over 40 grants awarded as an investigator or co-investigator. His research and contributions to multiple areas within the disciplines supporting dental (and medical) research and extensions to patient care have been demonstrated by more than 200 publications, book chapters, abstracts/presentations, contracts and grants, and patents.