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Global Oral Health Travel Awards 2016

UCSF Dentistry’s Global Oral Health Program has announced that six dental students will receive Global Oral Health research fellowships for 2016-17. The program also will award one Global Oral Health Community Partnership award. This new one-year fellowship is designed to support a team of one or more dental students working in collaboration with at least one clinical faculty member and a local community partner. The fellowship provides support for the project and can be used by the faculty mentor to pursue career development training in clinical research methods.

"The current group of Global Oral Health fellows is pursuing exemplary scholarship over a diverse range of projects, said Benjamin Chaffee, DDS, MPH, PhD, director of Global Oral Health in the School of Dentistry. "I am tremendously impressed by the creativity and ambition in their research projects and by the top-notch support from an outstanding team of mentors. The fellows are great ambassadors of the UCSF School of Dentistry in the local community and around the world."

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, Nepal, China, Taiwan, Ghana and Peru — range from community program evaluation, to epidemiology, to qualitative research. Fellows are tackling such oral conditions as tooth loss, caries and malocclusion.

"Our study investigates the correlation between diet and the prevalence of malocclusions, specifically crowding, in an indigenous population in Taquile Island, Peru," reported Ana Navarro Palacios, IDP '17. "Our research group had already established a relationship with the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia Dental School. As a team, we worked together with our Peruvian colleagues to screen students from the school's island Colegio Artesanal de Taquile. Traveling to this island was a fascinating experience, definitely once in a lifetime. We are currently analyzing the data."

Second-year dental student Corissa Chang will travel to Taiwan over the winter break “to interview local taxi drivers on their knowledge and usage of the areca betel nut, in order to better understand 'why chewers chew.'

"I am truly humbled to be given the opportunity to conduct research abroad in a foreign country through the Global Oral Health Fellowship,” she said.

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.

The 2016-17 fellows and mentors include:

Fellow | Mentor

Corissa Chang | Dr. Brent Lin
Pingting Zhao | Dr. Brent Lin
Ana Navarro Palacios | Dr. Kjeld Aamodt
Siyouneh Novshadian | Dr. Kjeld Aamodt and Dr. Michael McMaster
Madhurima Ganguly | Dr. Karen Sokol-Gutierrez
Hailey Taylor | Dr. Benjamin Chaffee and Dr. Jeremy Horst

L-R: Dr. Benjamin Chaffee, Irene Ching, Jungsoo Kim, Madhurima Ganguly, Corissa Chang, Ana Navarro Palacios, Hailey Taylor, Pingting Zhao, Dr. George Taylor. Fellows not pictured: Jean Calvo and Siyouneh Novshadian.