The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) has named Rajesh Lalla,
D.D.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor of the University of Connecticut
School of Dental Medicine, the first ADEA/AADR/Colgate-Palmolive Co./Dr.
Dominick P. DePaola Scholar in the ADEA Leadership Institute. The award
provides the opportunity for an academic dental institution faculty
member, who has shown potential for leadership, to participate in the
ADEA Leadership Institute. ADEA presented Dr. Lalla the award on March
17 at the 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in San Antonio, TX.
"Dr. Lalla is an outstanding clinical researcher, scholar and faculty
member, and he has demonstrated his strong capacity for leadership
through his participation in several important institutional committees
at his dental school," says Stephen K. Young, D.D.S., M.S., Chair of the
ADEA Board of Directors. "ADEA is pleased to support Dr. Lalla as he
strives to further develop his leadership skills by participating in the
ADEA Leadership Institute, and we are grateful to the Colgate-Palmolive
Company and the American Association for Dental Research for their
support of this fellowship."
"As the global oral care leader, Colgate continues to place emphasis on
helping to expand access to educational opportunities for dental
professionals," says Dr. Fotinos S. Panagakos, Global Director,
Scientific Affairs of the Colgate-Palmolive Company. "We are proud to
co-sponsor this year's Dr. Dominick P. DePaola Scholar award by
recognizing Dr. Rajesh Lalla for his notable accomplishments to the
dental community. With more than 20 years of dedication to the dental
profession, Dr. Lalla is widely known and well-respected for his
visionary leadership efforts and for improving dental education through
his extensive research efforts."
"The American Association for Dental Research is pleased to be a part of
the DePaola Scholarship," says AADR President Peter Polverini. "Dr.
Lalla's many impressive accomplishments in research and the clinic,
including developing a new course on Evidence-Based Decision Making for
Dental Students, make him well-suited to the inaugural recipient of the
The fellowship is in memory of Dominick DePaola, D.D.S., Ph.D., who for
nearly four decades was a leader in dental education, research, patient
care and academic administration. The scholar receives an award of
$15,000 to participate in the year-long program, with the goal to
prepare for a leadership position in an academic dental institution.
Dr. Lalla is a clinician-scholar who conducts clinical research on a
variety of oral mucosal disorders, including mucositis secondary to
cancer treatment, recurrent aphthous stomatitis (canker sores) and oral
canddiasis (thrush). His research has been funded by the federal
government through the National Institutes of Health, the American
Cancer Society, the Donaghue Foundation and industry.
In addition to research, Dr. Lalla is involved in clinical and classroom
teaching of dental students. He serves on several institutional
committees, including the Institutional Review Board, which oversees
conduct of clinical research, the Scientific Advisory Committee of the
General Clinical Research Center and the Strategic Planning Committee of
the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Lalla is
also active in various professional organizations. He serves as the
Chair of the Mucositis Study Group of the Multinational Association of
Supportive Care in Cancer and the International Society for Oral
About the American Dental Education Association
Dental Education Association (ADEA) is the voice of dental
education. Its members include all U.S. and Canadian dental schools and
many allied and advanced dental education programs, corporations,
faculty and students. The mission of ADEA is to lead individuals and
institutions of the dental education community to address contemporary
issues influencing education, research and the delivery of oral health
care for the health of the public. ADEA's activities encompass a wide
range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and
communications like the esteemed Journal of Dental Education, as well as
the dental school admissions services ADEA AADSAS, ADEA PASS, ADEA DHCAS
and ADEA CAAPID. For more information, visit www.adea.org.
About the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition
The ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition is the premier professional
development and networking event in academic dentistry, featuring four
days of dynamic plenary sessions and workshops, and an exhibit hall show
casing academic dentistry's leading partners and suppliers. For more
information, visit www.adea.org/2014.
About Colgate-Palmolive Company
Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly
focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition.
Colgate-Palmolive sells its products in more than 200 countries and
territories worldwide under internationally recognized brand names:
Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso,
Kolynos, Elmex, Tom's of Maine, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, and Suavitel, as
well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet. For more
information about Colgate-Palmolive's global business, visit the
Company's web site at www.Colgate.com.
To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health
education program, please visit www.ColgateBSBF.com.
About the American Association for Dental Research (AADR)
The American Association for Dental Research is a nonprofit organization
with more than 3,500 members in the United States. Its mission is
threefold: 1) to advance research and increase knowledge for the
improvement of oral health; 2) support and represent the oral health
research community; and 3) facilitate the communication and application
of research findings. The AADR is the largest Division of the
International Association for Dental Research. To learn more about AADR,
visit its website at www.aadronline.org.
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