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Global Health Nexus, Winter 2002

$8.3 Million NIDCR Award Establishes NYU Oral Cancer Disparities Research Center

NYU Dentistry has received an $8.3 million award from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to establish the NYU Oral Cancer Disparities Research Center. This award places NYU Dentistry in the vanguard of a national effort to redress disparities in our nation’s health.

The NYU Oral Cancer Disparities Research Center is one of five new Centers for Research to Reduce Oral Health Disparities funded by the NIDCR in partnership with the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Collaborating with NYU on the Center are Boston University, Howard University, The Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pittsburgh, Tuskegee University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rican Health Department, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

While the research focuses on identifying factors contributing to oral cancer disparities, as well as on developing and testing new strategies for eliminating them, the project also has the goal of providing training and career development opportunities for scientists in underrepresented groups and others interested in establishing careers in oral cancer disparities research.

“I am convinced that enacting a national oral cancer agenda requires academic dental centers to develop mechanisms that will assure a sustainable increase in the number of people conducting research to eradicate oral cancer disparities,” said Dean Alfano.

Nexus Winter 2002

Global Health Nexus

Winter 2002
Vol. 4, No. 1

In this issue:

News from the College

Practicing for LifeSM: The Role of the Forensic Dentist in the Aftermath of the WTC Attacks

In Their Own Words: NYU Dentistry Perspectives on September 11

Dr. Kathleen Agoglia, Dr. Giuseppe Bianco, Ruben Cohen, ’02, Dr. Luigi DeCarolis, Dr. Herbert Frommer, Dr. Robert Glickman, Dr. Jerrold Gultz, Dr. Rodney Liebowitz, Mr. Glenn Marrus, Mr. Darryl Warner

Rising from the Ashes: Dentistry’s Role in National Security

Recruiting the Best
Dr. Page Caufield, Dr. George Cisneros, Dr. Yihong Li, Dr. Ananda P. Dasanayake, Dr. Andrea Schreiber, Dr. Angela Kamer, Dr. Kenneth Fleisher, Dr. Christina Teixeira

Promoting our Own
Dr. Andrew I. Spielman, Dr. Francis V. Panno, Dr. David Sirois, Dr. Louis Terracio, Dr. John Poulos, Dr. Warren Scherer, Dr. Kenneth Allen

International Partners in Health: NYU Dentistry in Tanzania

Grants and Philanthropy

Applause! Applause! Faculty, Student, and Staff News

Focus on Alumni: The Pride of NYU Dentistry
Heather DiMatteo, ‘00, Appointed GPR Coordinator at Long Island Jewish Hospital

Too Few Sirens

Honor Roll of Donors