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Global Oral Health Travel Awards 2015

UCSF Dentistry’s Global Oral Health Program has announced that a record seven dental students will receive Global Oral Health research fellowships for 2015-16.

The Global Oral Health research fellowship program provides research and travel support to UCSF dental students and residents undertaking original research projects with a global oral health focus. Fellows are chosen based on faculty review of their research proposals. The mentored projects of the current fellows––taking place in the San Francisco Bay Area, India, China and Honduras––will range from community-based oral health interventions, to research in support of public policy.

The 2015-16 fellows and mentors include:

Fellow | Mentor
Suita Castro | Dr. Maria Orellana
Lauren Frisch | Dr. Karen Sokal-Gutierrez
Dongkook Lim | Dr. Ling Zhan
Julia Ma | Dr. Brent Lin
Mona Nejad | Dr. Baharak Amanzadeh
Prerna Vijan | Dr. Elizabeth Mertz
Yat Tang | Dr. Benjamin Chaffee

Front row, left to right: Julia Ma, Suita Castro, Mona Nejad, Prerna Vijan; back row, left to right: Dongkook Lim, Lauren Frisch, Yat Tang, Dr. Benjamin Chaffee

Program leader Dr. Benjamin Chaffee considers them outstanding representatives of UCSF, adding that "the research that they conduct with their mentors will contribute meaningfully to the improvement of oral and craniofacial health worldwide."

Fellow Julia Ma’s research will offer her the opportunity to survey oral health conditions in a village in rural China. "This not only is an amazing learning experience for me," says Ma, "but also a great benefit to the people there who want to learn more about oral health."

Fellow Donkook Lim says he his happy and honored to have been accepted as a fellow. A fourth-year dental student who has previously conducted basic science research exclusively, he describes himself as "especially excited to delve into a project focusing on public health in Honduras."

The UCSF Program in Global Oral Health aims to strengthen and coordinate the activities in global oral health within the UCSF School of Dentistry, and to develop and support programs that allow trainees and faculty to achieve excellence in global health education, research, and community and public service.