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Orthodontic Faculty Receive AAOF Funding, National Recognition

April  05, 2010

Two faculty members from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's Orthodontic Department recently received awards and funding from the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation (AAOF). Drs. Hee Soo Oh and Sheldon Baumrind are among a handful of orthodontic faculty from throughout the U.S. to have received the AAOF recognition this year.

Oh, a full-time member of the school's orthodontic faculty since 2005, was awarded with an AAOF Faculty Development Award of $15,000 for the upcoming academic year. This funding will be used toward her various research investigations, one of which focuses on developing a computer-assisted 2D superimposition method for collecting information from craniofacial growth records.

Director of the Craniofacial Research Instrumentation Lab and Professor of Orthodontics, Baumrind has received funding for a third year as the principal investigator for the AAOF Craniofacial Legacy Collection Study. This study will gather records and materials from 10 research collections from throughout the country, and will make them available for viewing by clinicians, craniofacial investigators, students and interested members of the public.

Baumrind's study was originally granted $38,000 for one year's work in 2008, receiving another $38,000 for a second year in 2009. The most recent grant - for $25,000 - is the only independent biomedical study awarded this year by the AAOF for orthodontic investigators, other than the Faculty Development Awards, in the past two years.

Both of these distinguished educators, along with their department colleagues, work with residents enrolled in the 27-month Graduate Orthodontic Program at the Dugoni School of Dentistry. Each year, the school receives more than 200 applications for the coveted eight spots per class.

"This is a wonderful achievement for Dr. Oh and Dr. Baumrind to be acknowledged by the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation," said Dr. Robert Boyd, chair of the Orthodontic Department. "This funding enables them to have a wider impact on the field of orthodontics, in addition to the day-to-day impact they make on our residents and patients."

For more information about the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation, visit http://www.aaofoundation.net.

Category Type: Honors and Awards

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