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Dr. Jane Weintraub Receives Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research

October 4, 2010

Dr. Jane Weintraub

Dr. Jane Weintraub of UCSF Dentistry's CAN DO Center will travel to Orlando, Florida on Monday, October 11th to receive the American Dental Association's prestigious Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research at the ADA annual meeting.

This is the 20th anniversary for the award, which the ADA presents in memory of Dr. Norton Ross, a dentist and pharmacologist who contributed significantly to oral medicine and dental clinical research.

"Dr. Weintraub is one of the world leaders in her field and is eminently worthy of this recognition by her peers," wrote Dean John D.B. Featherstone in the nomination letter for the award, adding, "Her patient and population-based studies span the continuum of epidemiology, clinical research, health services research and health policy."

In a congratulatory note to Dr. Weintraub, ADA President Ron Tankersley praised her "extensive and impressive public health research and leadership," saying her work has contributed significantly to the reduction and prevention of oral health disparities, including early childhood caries. "I extend our deepest appreciation for your lifetime of work."

Dr. Weintraub's research, which includes studies on the use of fluoride varnish on young children, has helped serve as the basis for scientific guidelines regarding fluoride and has become a part of mainstream dental and public health practices.

For more than 25 years Dr. Weintraub has been involved in all aspects of dental education. Currently she is the Lee Hysan Professor of Dental Public Health and Oral Epidemiology, an en­dowed chair at the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry. She also serves as the principal investigator and director of the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health—known as CAN DO.

In 2008, the Center, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health, received an additional seven years of funding totaling $24.4 million—the biggest grant in the UCSF School of Dentistry's history. The grant was, according to UCSF Dean John Featherstone, Ph.D., himself a former Ross recipient, a "major showing of confidence from NIH" as to the value of her work.

A past president of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and a prior at-large board member of the AADR, Dr. Weintraub is also responsible for teaching research methods to dental and graduate students and leads a series of dental public health seminars that are available to residents across the country. She enjoys mentoring students and is impressed by the enthusiasm she sees for public health in the next generation of dentists and researchers. (Adapted, in part, from ADA News - Dr. Jane Weintraub Named 2010 Norton Ross Awardee by Jennifer Garvin)

Pictured: CAN DO Center Director Jane Weintraub delivers the Faculty Research Lecturer Award address at UCSF Dentistry's Research and Clinical Excellence Day 2009.