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UAB School of Dentistry is ranked among the world's top 25 dental schools according to Shanghai's-Ranking's 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities. Among 12 other American schools, the ranking reflects our commitment to lead oral health through premier research, education and patient care. Ranking factors include publications and influential awards, with an emphasis on research performance and reputation.

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry is holding their annual White Coat Ceremony for incoming first-year dental students at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 in the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center Jemison Theater, 1200 10th Ave. South.

First year students, also referred to as D1s, receive white coats that are symbolic of their entry into the dental profession. In addition, the UAB School of Dentistry Alumni Association provides lapel pins as a gift to each student, and all students sign and recite 
Teeth for Two
The preterm birth rate in Alabama is the third highest in the nation, at 12 percent. For African-American women it’s much worse: 48 percent higher than for all other women in the state. The good news, according to two UAB studies, is that a simple intervention may have a major impact: teach mothers the fundamentals of oral health. Learn more in The UAB Mix.


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The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees awarded the rank of Distinguished Professor in Dentistry to Gregg Gilbert, DDS, during its meeting June 8.

Gilbert joined UAB in 2000 as a professor and chair in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences, later reorganized into the Department of Clinical and Community Sciences. He also is a senior scientist in UAB’s Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education, Center for Diabetes Research, Lister Hill Center for Health Policy, and Center for Aging and Center for the Study of Community Health.

Following his longtime vision to improve oral health by conducting dental practice-based research, Gilbert formed the Alabama Dental Practice Based Research Network, a consortium of dentists, to expedite the application of scientific discoveries into everyday clinical practice. The project was funded through a grant from UAB Health Services Foundation.

Gilbert later secured a $66M National Institute of Health grant, the largest in UAB history, to create The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. The network includes six regional centers and more than 6,000 practitioners who are improving each step of the research process by generating new ideas, developing studies, performing field testing, collecting data and presenting and publishing their findings -- a hallmark of the network’s success.

Gilbert’s vision has innovated the oral health research model by bringing practitioners, student dentists, clinical staff, and patients to the discussion table; end-users who have an immense amount of practical knowledge and wisdom that previously had been largely overlooked.

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Ramzi Abou-Arraj, DDS, has been selected to receive the UAB President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Abou-Arraj is known for working one-on-one with students and for his thorough preparation and attention to detail. He has received numerous awards, including the R. Earl Robinson Periodontal Regeneration Award. He will be recognized at a Faculty Convocation this fall.