UCLA SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY
Preparing to meet the challenges of
oral health care in the 21st century
Excellence, Care, Passion
The UCLA School of Dentistry, supporte
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EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
Internationally recognized faculty lead
students through a rigorous curriculum and
prepare them for careers as patient-centered
practitioners and leaders in the profession.
ed by our dedicated individual, corporate and foundation partners, is committed to:
OUTSTANDING RESEARCH COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE
A cadre of stellar researchers continues to Dedicated faculty, staff and advanced students
advance the frontiers of knowledge in the provide the highest quality of compassionate
diagnosis, management and treatment of oral care for all our patients and serve a vital role in
and craniofacial diseases and dysfunctions. improving the oral health of the community.
ABOUT THE UCLA SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY
The UCLA School of Dentistry held The UCLA School of Dentistry is
its first courses on September 21, located in a wing of the Center for
1964. In the four decades since then, Health Sciences, in the southeastern
more than 3,300 students have earned quadrant of the UCLA campus. It is
the degree of Doctor of Dental comprised of a seven-story laboratory
Surgery, and more than 700 students and office wing and the three-story
have completed one or more post- clinical wing. The School has approxi-
graduate residency programs. mately 270 dental operatories at the
Countless thousands of oral health Westwood campus and 28 additional
care practitioners have attended the dental operatories at two satellite
School’s Continuing Dental Education locations. Since 1996, the School has
courses and workshops. conducted several capital campaigns
which have made possible the renova-
The School currently consists of 187 tion of many clinics and research
full- and part-time faculty members, facilities.
326 voluntary faculty members, and
224 staff members. Current enroll-
ment is 365 in the D.D.S. program, 83
in the various postgraduate residency
programs, and 47 in the master’s and
MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
I n just four decades, the UCLA School of Dentistry has evolved into one
of the leading dental schools in the world. The impact of this extraordi-
nary institution can be seen in its ability to attract academically excellent
and culturally diverse faculty and students; in its advances in multidisciplinary
research; and in an outstanding record of public service benefiting more
than 150,000 patients each year.
We now stand poised to build even further upon this remarkable record
by introducing a campaign to raise $30 million to strengthen the School’s
endowment. By doing so at this crucial time, we will be able to seize new
opportunities, develop new discoveries, and further the trajectory of excel-
lence that is our hallmark.
The School’s friends and alumni – dedicated individual, foundation and
corporate partners – play an integral role in our achievements. The
following pages demonstrate the vital link that exists between private
support and our ability to significantly advance the field of oral health.
We are deeply grateful for the confidence our donors place in our efforts,
and the encouragement they provide our students, faculty and staff.
My colleagues and I, along with the 4,000 alumni of our D.D.S. and post-
graduate residency programs, are proud of our role in improving the oral
health of our community, our state and our nation. We invite you to
explore the many opportunities that exist for becoming a partner in our
future, and for sharing our passion, care and excellence.
No-Hee Park, D.M.D., Ph.D.
EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
The UCLA School of Dentistry’s world-class reputation
begins with teaching. Stellar faculty prepare top students
from around the country for the practice of dentistry, den-
tal specialties, academic careers and leadership roles. The
result is a vibrant community of learning that consistently
ranks among the nation’s finest dental schools.
Outstanding faculty attract outstanding students, and vice versa. Students
admitted to the UCLA School of Dentistry know they will be working with
renowned experts in the field. In fact, many of the top dentistry textbooks –
from oral radiology to periodontics to pharmacology – are written by School
Faculty, in turn, look forward to teaching and collaborating with some of the
country’s brightest and most inquisitive young minds. In any given year, up to
50 percent of graduates advance to postdoctoral programs in general dentistry
and the dental specialties, one of the highest rates in the country.
Donors who provide resources for either student or faculty support in effect
are assisting both areas, catalyzing a mutual attraction that is at the heart of the
School’s ability to compete nationally.
UCLA maintains the country’s premier apprentice teaching program, in which
fourth-year students teach and mentor new students as they navigate their first
year, thereby filling the gap in qualified instructors and strengthening a sense of
community in the student body.
Assistant professors receive careful guidance from SUPPORTING THE TEACHING MISSION
senior faculty as they advance their careers, as well
as seed grants for new research and bridge grants Our donors are key to ensuring quality, high-level
for support between projects. instruction. Whether by endowing chairs, support-
ing graduate fellowships or creating new teaching
LEADERSHIP facilities, their impact on the School’s teaching mis-
sion is limited only by their philanthropic creativity,
The School is committed to nurturing dentists who and is a primary reason that our graduates are
are also leaders. Graduates hold high-level positions some of the most sought-after in the country.
in organizations such as the California Dental
Association and the American Dental Association,
and students represent the School at these and
many other organizations, including the American
Dental Education Association.
“At the UCLA School of Dentistry we’re not
just training dentists. We’re creating leaders
who are committed to advancing the field.”
– Robert A. Lindemann,
Associate Dean for Academic
Programs and Personnel
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A L AB MAKES
The result, the Bisco Dental Teaching
Laboratory, is a new, ergonomically healthful,
congenial teaching environment that boasts
computer monitors at all 100 lab benches, a
separate room with 30 simulation cubicles and
a multimedia teaching module. From a
central control panel instructors are able to
communicate with 100 students at once while
monitoring their individual work.
According to Taylor Olsen, a third-year
A TEACHING LAB COMES INTO student, “The new laboratory offers students
THE 21 ST CENTURY the feel of chairside dentistry. The simulation
lab further enhances this experience, coming
Walking into the pre-clinical teaching
as close as possible to a real-life situation.”
laboratory at the UCLA School of Dentistry,
you might think you’ve stepped into the
engineering room of the Starship Enterprise.
Here, the latest technological innovations,
including simulation models that look like futur-
istic robots, assist students as they
prepare to become dentists.
Every UCLA dental student is intimately
familiar with the lab. That is because students
spend much of their first two years here,
acquiring the essential skills that will allow
them to excel in the practice of dentistry.
But recently, 40 years of use had left the 1960s-
era lab in dire need of updated equipment,
improved ventilation and computer
Then in 2002, a lead gift of $1 million from
Bisco, Inc. propelled the lab and the students
who use it into the 21st century.
OUT S TANDING RESEARCH
The UCLA School of Dentistry is at the forefront of discov-
ery. From oral cancer to community-based health research,
our scientists are engaged in work that extends to the
broader field of medicine and our local, national and global
A COMMITMENT FROM THE TOP
The School’s commitment to research begins with its leadership, including deans
and many faculty who are funded scientists actively involved in their own
research. Research is also encouraged among students through an innovative
student research program that allows them to advance critical-thinking skills
while creating knowledge.
The result is one of the most advanced and
vibrant dental research programs in the
country. The School ranks 11th in research
funding from the National Institutes of
Health, and in 2003-2004 conducted 58
grant-funded research projects.
The School’s research mission is uniquely
strengthened by collaboration. Partnerships
with the Henry Samueli School of
Engineering and Applied Science, the School
of Public Health, and many other institutions
at UCLA and elsewhere help to advance
research that changes lives.
SUPPORTING THE RESEARCH MISSION
Our donors provide vital resources for
research seed grants, research equipment
and laboratory facilities, career development
awards and many other areas. They help to
create a climate of inquiry and one of the
most fertile research environments of any
dental school in the country.
BUILDING BONE IN THE HUMAN BODY
The ability of our bones to heal diminishes as we get systemic diseases, or diseases that affect the entire
older. Fractures take longer to mend. Tooth implants body.
and other dental procedures require more recovery
time. But Dr. Sotirios Tetradis is trying to speed the In osteoporosis, the bones of the human body
healing process–by growing new, strong, healthy bone become porous and dangerously brittle. It is a
within the human body. disease Dr.Tetradis has close knowledge of, having
watched a friend’s mother succumb to the point
An associate professor of oral and maxillofacial radi- where her grandchildren couldn’t hug her for fear
ology, Dr.Tetradis is at the forefront of the search for that they might break her bones.
ways to stimulate teeth and bone cells to reproduce
themselves. Until recently, treatments for osteoporosis have largely
focused on preventing further bone weakening. But
“Currently,” says Dr.Tetradis, “it can take up to six Dr.Tetradis’ work could eventually lead to an actual
months for the bone to heal from dental implants. reversal of the condition by changing the aging pattern
Can we can get that down to less than a month? in the bone marrow.
That would be a major benefit for patients.”
He asks: “Can we take a 75-year-old woman and give
Dr.Tetradis’ investigation takes him on a journey deep her the bones of a 35-year-old? That is one goal.”
down into a complex cellular world in search of the
genes that are responsible for bone cell growth. He points out that such advances are all the more
important in light of our aging population. “As the
Identifying those genes would then make it easier for population gets older,” he says, “the dental problems
dentists to find ways to better address a whole range of those patients are going to increase. We want to
of dental problems, including periodontal disease, one give dentists more and better
of the two most common causes of tooth loss. tools to face these new prob-
The implications of this research go far beyond the lems.”
field of dentistry, offering potential treatments for
“Can we take a 75-year-old
woman and give her the
bones of a 35-year-old?
That is one goal.”
– Dr. Sotirios Tetradis
“We represent a generation of oral health
researchers who are trying to reach out to the
larger community at UCLA and nationwide.”
– Dr. David Wong
A NEW TEST FOR DISEASE RISK
Imagine walking into your local drugstore and buying
a simple test that can tell from a swab of your saliva
whether you are at risk for one of many life-threat-
ening diseases. Within minutes the test indicates
that you may be in the early stages of oral cancer.
You see your doctor immediately for a more
thorough workup, and your treatment plan begins.
Thanks to an inexpensive over-the-counter test, you
have just dodged the potential ravages of oral cancer.
Such a scenario is closer than you might think.
Dr. David Wong, chair of the Division of Oral Biology
and Medicine and director of the Dental Research
Institute, and his team are on the verge of introduc-
ing the first-ever non-invasive saliva test for oral
cancer and a panel of high-impact human diseases.
The testing device, called a biosensor, checks for the
protein markers for oral cancer. It is about the size
of a deck of cards. Within minutes of placing one’s
saliva on a microchip, it determines with extraordi-
nary accuracy whether or not one is at risk.
Dr.Wong and his colleagues are now analyzing what
appear to be very promising data on a similar test
for breast cancer, and diabetes is waiting in the
Says Dr.Wong, “We eventually want to reach a point
where for a few dollars you can purchase a home-
care product that will test for one or two or more
major diseases. That’s still a journey away, but all
indications are that we will be able to do it.”
TAKING CAVITIES OUT OF THE PICTURE
Dr. Wenyuan Shi is out to eliminate cavities. Permanently.
“Like polio,” he says, “cavities are going to become one of those things people
read about but have no experience with.”
And he wants to eliminate them by eradicating the very microbes that cause
them. Dr. Shi is a medical microbiologist and the director of the School of
Dentistry Oral Microbiology Lab.
Modern dentistry has traditionally focused on mechanically repairing the
problem, whether cavity or gum disease. But Dr. Shi saw an opportunity to
attack the problem before it begins – by looking for ways to destroy the tiny
microbes that are the source of tooth decay.
The first major breakthrough in his work came in figuring out how to diagnose
the level of cariogenic, or cavity-causing, bacteria in a person’s mouth.
Then he and his team went on to create a new generation of antibiotics to
destroy the bacteria. Traditional antibiotics, he says, take a “carpet-bombing”
approach, killing both good and bad microbes. “What we did was to add a
homing device to kill only the bad ones,” he says.
In other words, an antibiotic “smart bomb.”
Dr. Shi’s lab is now developing an array of systems to
deliver the new antibiotics to patients. One particular
method can’t help but bring a wry smile to Dr. Shi’s lips.
“Cavities are going to become a “We’re actually testing a sugarless antibiotic lollipop,” he
part of medical history, one of says. “We’re using the very sucker that was so much of
the problem to begin with as a delivery device to attack
those things people read about the disease.”
but have no experience with.”
– Dr. Wenyuan Shi
JANE AND JERRY WEINTRAUB
CENTER FOR RECONSTRUCTIVE
A handsome gentleman in his 60s hears the news:
“I’m sorry, but you have cancer.”
A strong and determined fight beats the disease,
but treatments result in the loss of most of his
lower jaw. It is likely he will have severe difficulty due to massive tissue removal following cancer
speaking and eating, in addition to the dramatic therapy, and injury or congenital deformity.
changes in facial appearance.
In the Center’s laboratories, research is under way
As part of a project being conducted at the Jane to determine which of the new and existing treat-
and Jerry Weintraub Center for Reconstructive ments are the most effective means for restoring
Biotechnology, UCLA surgeons reconstruct the oral function and quality of life. In addition,
man’s jaw by transplanting bone and tissue from researchers are convinced that it will be possible in
his leg, while Weintraub investigators provide the not-too-distant future to restore facial features
prosthetic restorations to restore his ability that have been devastated by birth defects, cancer,
to chew, swallow and speak, as well as improve or trauma by regenerating skin, bone, nerves and
aesthetics and self-perception. soft tissues.
“They put me back together,” the man says smiling. By vastly improving the quality of life for countless
individuals who suffer from the ravages of disfigure-
Completed in July 2002, the Weintraub Center at ment, the Weintraub Center has assumed its place
the UCLA School of Dentistry is the premier com- among other laboratories in the world that are
prehensive center for oral and facial rehabilitation renowned for ongoing contributions to biomedical
and research in the world. The Center challenges a research and patient care.
variety of clinical problems related to facial defects
It will be possible in the
not-too-distant future to
restore facial features that
have been devastated by
birth defects, cancer or
COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE
Since its inception, the UCLA School of Dentistry
has strived to fulfill its potential as a resource for
our local communities. By establishing ties with
organizations throughout Los Angeles, the School
ensures that a constant stream of services and
information reaches those who need it most.
A COMMUNITY PARTNER
Most visible among the School’s public service initiatives are the gen-
eral and specialty clinics. The UCLA Children’s Dental Center at the
Edward R. Roybal Comprehensive Health Center is a low-cost dental
clinic dedicated to the treatment of underserved children in East Los
Angeles. The Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center
provides comprehensive dental care to an ethnically diverse, lower-
income population in West Los Angeles.
UCLA’s dental education program interfaces with the community
through oral health fairs as well, at community centers and schools
across Los Angeles County. A partnership with Nara Bank is
bringing oral health fairs to bank branches in the Koreatown section
of Los Angeles.
COMMUNITY RESEARCH AND ADVISING
In addition to the School’s basic science investiga-
tions, research is also conducted on community
needs through collaborations with organizations
such as the Regional Research Center for Minority
More broadly, the School’s national advisory role
cannot be overstated. Its public service impact
reaches beyond Los Angeles and beyond the state
through faculty participation on national health
care issues, reviews of grant proposals and advising
on other college programs.
"The wonderful friends we make while helping the community,
the joy of helping improve the lives of children and adults, and
the feeling of purpose in our own lives are gifts that we receive
by giving of ourselves."
– Dr. Jim Freed, Clinical Professor Emeritus
WILSON-JENNINGS-BLOOMFIELD UCLA VENICE DENTAL CENTER
Five-year-old Lucy has never been to a dentist, As a community-oriented clinic that serves as a
and neither has her little brother. Her parents model for community-based service and educa-
have no dental insurance and can’t remember the tion, the Center serves indigent patients, the
last time that either one of them saw a dentist. elderly, the homeless and ethnic minorities whose
But today the family sits in the Wilson-Jennings- needs are great and whose resources are sorely
Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center awaiting limited.
their turns in the dental chair.
From the outset, the vision of the Venice Dental
Founded in 1969 by the UCLA School of Center has been to provide comprehensive den-
Dentistry, the Center has grown from a five-chair tal care services at a much reduced rate to the
storefront unit to a 20-chair state-of-the-art clinic underserved community – and to provide a
that handles more than 15,000 patient visits annu- unique learning experience for the UCLA School
ally. The Center is adjacent to the Venice Family of Dentistry’s faculty, students and residents as
Clinic, the nation’s largest free clinic and UCLA well as for hygiene students from local community
affiliate, from whom the Center receives a majori- colleges.
ty of its referrals.
GIVING BACK TO THE SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY
Sometimes alumni of the UCLA School of Dentistry give back to the School by pro-
viding support for students. Sometimes they create endowed chairs to help attract
top-ranked faculty. Sometimes they provide resources to enhance patient care.
Dr.Thomas R. Bales ’76 has done all three.
Dr. Bales is a longtime volunteer and supporter of the School’s orthodontic resident
program. In 2003, he committed $500,000 to create the Dr.Thomas R. Bales Endowed
Chair in Orthodontics.
It is the School of Dentistry’s third such chair and, according to Dr. No-Hee Park, the
School’s dean, “The gift has amplified
“I am very appreciative of the education our ability to attract one of the top
I received while in the orthodontic orthodontists in the country, and we
are proud to have Dr. Kang Ting fill the
residency program at UCLA.” chair at this critical time.”
– Dr. Thomas R. Bales
The chair also provides resources to
enhance the residency program, thereby supporting students as well.
A past president of the UCLA Orthodontic Alumni Association, Dr. Bales has helped
raise more than $1 million to support the clinic and residency program. In recognition
of his commitment and volunteerism, the School recently named the renovated 28-
chair orthodontic clinic in his honor.
The Dr.Thomas R. Bales Orthodontic Clinic will treat nearly 5,000 patients this year
with needs ranging from braces to procedures for profound craniofacial deformities.
BECOME A PARTNER IN OUR FUTURE
Excellence in dental education is a complex and
increasingly expensive endeavor. At a time of
extraordinary promise for the UCLA School of
Dentistry, state support for higher education is
steadily diminishing. Consequently, private funding
is essential to our continuing success.
There are many ways to support the outstanding
faculty and students of the UCLA School of Dentistry.
Through a gift of cash, securities, real estate or other
categories of assets, a donor may derive significant tax
benefits while at the same time receiving the personal
satisfaction that comes from being part of a worthy
cause. The staff of the School of Dentistry’s
Development Office would be very pleased to
discuss these various giving opportunities with you
The preceding pages have provided a glimpse of
achievements and aspirations of the UCLA School of
Dentistry and the role that individual, foundation and
corporate support can play in the lives of our patients
and the health of our communities. Please consider
becoming a partner with the School as we meet the
challenges of oral health care in the 21st century.
OUR CAMPAIGN GOAL
To ensure that the UCLA School of
Dentistry continues to fulfill its tripartite
mission of excellence in teaching, research
and public service, we seek the support of
individuals, foundations and corporations
in the creation of an endowment of $30
Please consider making an investment in
the future education of oral health care
practitioners and cutting-edge research
that holds such extraordinary promise
through the establishment of an endowed
chair, an endowed scholarship or fellow-
ship, an endowed research or special
needs fund or the general endowment
of the UCLA School of Dentistry.
Please join us in this vital campaign.
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