School of Dentistry Researchers Help UMKC Wins $5.4 Million to Research Bone and Muscle Loss

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry received a $5.4 million grant award as part of a $10.4 million award to the Indiana University School of Medicine from the National Institute of Aging to continue research into the effects of aging on bone and muscle loss. UMKC researchers have led the way in recognizing and studying how the two conditions — osteoporosis and sarcopenia — often occur together and may interact.

“UMKC is excited to continue this important research that can help solve health problems that affect our families and so many of us as we age,” said UMKC Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal.

Bone and muscle loss both are widespread and costly. An estimated 25 million Americans have or are at risk for osteoporosis and resulting fractures, and a similar number of older Americans suffer sarcopenia or diminished muscle mass and function. Together, they are estimated to account for more than $40 billion in annual health care costs. Osteoporosis and sarcopenia often occur together. UMKC research has been at the forefront in recognizing how muscle and bones interact with each other and how one tissue affects the function of the other as well as studying how exercise and other factors can help prevent muscle and bone loss as people age.

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Scholarship Recipients and Donors Honored

The UMKC School of Dentistry held its annual Scholarship Recognition dinner Monday evening October 1, 2018, at Student Union on the Volker Campus. Assistant Dean Richie Bigham welcomed the audience and then Dean Marsha Pyle presided over the recognition of the scholarship donors and recipients. The School distributed 349 awards to 188 students from 171 endowed scholarship funds, totaling more than $993,000, an 8.17% increase over 2017. Additionally, 19 students received 25 awards from 15 regional and national scholarship funds. This year’s new scholarships included the Brown-Thompson Military Award Fund; Dr. S.V. Hanna Scholarship Fund; Jerome E. and Joan Holtzman DDS Scholarship; Bert W. Oettmeier, Jr., DDS and Mrs. Pamela G. Oettmeier Scholarship Fund; Dr. Ralph E. Younger and Mrs. Lynda L. Younger Scholarship Fund; The UMKC Class of 2002 Heidi Garren Everley Scholarship Fund, UMKC Dental Hygiene Alumni Association Diamond Scholarship.  Find photos from the event here.

School of Dentistry Faculty and Staff Honored

Dozens of awards and achievements, along with hundreds of years of service, were honored September 18, 2018 at the UMKC School of Dentistry Faculty and Staff Recognition ceremony.

At the annual event at the Diastole Scholars Center, Dean Marsha Pyle said its people were what made the school great, so it’s important to pause and recognize them. She took the time to announce the 155 recognitions. You can see them all here. By the numbers, they break down this way:

— 384 years of service among the 15 people retiring
— 440 years of service among 33 faculty and staff recognized at milestones of 5 to 35 years of service
— 29 new faculty and staff members
— 12 faculty promotions or achievement awards
— 3 staff awards
— 21 distinguished teaching and recognition awards
— 21 service recognitions
— 27 journal publications and 1 book chapter by 9 faculty members
— 12 research grants in excess of $50,000

Find the program from the event here.

Enjoy photos from the event.


Dr. Pam Overman honored for her nearly 40 year tenure at the School of Dentistry

A celebration on August 30th honored of the retirement Dr. Pam Overman and recognized her many accomplishments and dedication during her nearly 40 year tenure at the School of Dentistry. The event was hosted by the UMKc Dental and Dental Hygiene Alumni Associations and the School of Dentistry at Diastole.  Find photos from the event here.

Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal Visits the School of Dentistry

As part of his introduction to the UMKC, Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal is touring each of the units on each campus. He is looking forward to learning more about each school and interacting with students, faculty, and staff. Wednesday, August 29th the Chancellor toured the School of Dentistry.  Chancellor Agrawal comes to UMKC from University of Texas San Antonio Health Science Center and has a real passion for health services.  Enjoy photos from the visit.

Record Number of AEP Students Graduate

The graduating DDS Class of 2018 includes a record nine students who participated in the School’s Admissions Enhancement Program (AEP).

The School’s Admissions Enhancement Program (AEP) was established in 2011 to develop culturally diverse candidates to the UMKC School of Dentistry by strengthening their foundational knowledge, academic skills, and interactions with individuals across the dental profession. Since its inception, 86 students have successfully completed the AEP. During the 2017-2018 school year, 30 students were former AEP participants.

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ADA “Dentist and Student Lobby Day” on Capitol Hill

Jessica Sliger (DDS Class of ’18) was among the dental professionals and dental students attending hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill with legislators and their staffs on April 10 as part of ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day to advocate for oral health-related issues.

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