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Weintraub Named NYU Annual Student Research Days Distinguished Scientist

January 12, 2011

Jane A. Weintraub, DDS, MPH, Lee Hysan Professor and Chair, Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health and Director, UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health at the UCSF School of Dentistry, has been named New York University College of Dentistry's Annual Student Research Days Distinguished Scientist, and will present the Keynote Address on April 15, 2011 at NYU's Nagle Lecture Hall.

Dr. Weintraub is the first recipient and current incumbent of the Lee Hysan Chair in Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health, the first endowed chair at the UCSF School of Dentistry. She serves as Chair, Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences. She has been the Principal Investigator and Director of the NIH-funded UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health since 2001. The initial seven-year budget for this Center was about $11 million. The aims of this multi-disciplinary Center are to understand, prevent and reduce oral health disparities, with a special focus on preventing early childhood caries, a condition that disproportionately affects young children from disadvantaged backgrounds, often at around age one soon after their teeth erupt, and is difficult and expensive to treat. Under Dr. Weintraub's leadership, the successful competitive renewal of this Center for another seven years was awarded by the NIH, totaling more than $24 million. She has been continuously funded by NIDCR for more than 20 years.

She is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health and Past President of both the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and the Behavioral Sciences and Health Services Research Group of the International Association of Dental Research. She was one of the scientific editors and contributing authors for the first Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health. In 2009 she received the IADR H. Trendley Dean Distinguished Scientist Award for her meritorious work in oral epidemiology and dental public health, and in 2010 she received the American Dental Association's Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research.

Pictured: Jane Weintraub

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