UConn Dental school wins award

Farmington, Conn. (WTNH) – The UConn School of Dental Medicine wins a prestigious award for its role in dental education.

The University of Connecticut’s School of Dental Medicine has been named the 2016 winner of the William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Academic Dental Institution. According to UConn, The Gies Award is named after dental educational pioneer, William J. Gies and is presented by the ADEAGies Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Dental Educational Association (ADEA).

“We are truly honored to be the recipient of this prestigious, national award,” said Dr. R.L. Monty MacNeil, dean of the UConn School of Dental Medicine. “It is a cooperative achievement, and all faculty, trainees, and graduates of the program since its inception have made significant contributions and should share in our pride. The award extends beyond the dental school and includes the Graduate School and our valued faculty colleagues in the School of Medicine.”

The Gies Award recognizes worthy and socially commendable actions that make a substantial contribution to oral health and dental education. The achievements of UConn’s Skeletal Biology and Regeneration Program were highlighted in the nomination.

Dr. Caroline Dealy, director of the Skeletal Biology and Regeneration Graduate Program, says, “The program has made a tremendous impact on training academic dentists and continues to educate the next generation of scientific scholars and health care practitioners.

The Gies Award will be presented to UConn on March 14 at the ADEA’s Annual Session and Exhibition in Denver, Colorado.

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