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Researcher Wins $3.2 Million NIH Grant
Studies rare gum disease among African-American children

Dr. Daniel H. Fine
RSDM oral biologist Daniel H.Fine has tracked more than 2,500 Newark children since 2007 to chart the progression of a rare form of genetically based gum disease that strikes African-American adolescents. Find out why his research not only addresses healthcare disparities but also reveals clues about preventing cavities and fighting gastric cancer. LEARN MORE
Common Bond
Ceremony honors slain Muslim students in North Carolina

RSDM students and faculty show solidarity for Muslim student shooting victims in North Carolina
When Dinah Jammal learned about the North Carolina shootings of a Muslim dental school student and his wife, she turned to her husband and said,"That could have been us.'' Jammal, vice-president of the Student Government Association, and about 75 other RSDM students and faculty gathered last month for a moment of silence to comemorate the victims. LEARN MORE
Smile Awhile
At GKAS, brushing, flossing--and fun

RSDM Student Tiffany Graves gives pointers to Kimora Jackson at GKAS
Thanks to RSDM,  Kimora Jackson, 7, left the dentist chair last month certain of one thing: "You should brush your teeth in a circle,'' she pronounced. Kimora was among hundreds of school children who visited RSDM clinics on Give Kids a Smile Day for a free dental screening and tips on oral healthcare. LEARN MORE


Match Game
Learn  where  the Class of 2015 found residencies

Students at a Match Day celebration
A U.S. map filled with colored pins tells the Match Day story of RSDM's Class of 2015. Of 58 students who sought matches after graduation, 49 --  or 85 percent -- were matched, as opposed to the national average of 65 percent. RSDM's strong clinical program ensures that students are in demand, says Dr. Kim Fenesy, associate dean of Academic Affairs. LEARN MORE


Cutting Edge
Students to learn latest in laser surgery
Illustration of perio laser surgery procedure

RSDM students will be trained to perform periodontal surgery without scalpels or stitches once a new digital laser technology becomes part of the curriculum.  LEARN MORE


Against Oppression
An Alum's role in Civil Right's milestone
North Carolina students at 1960 lunch counter protest 

The four students who refused to leave the lunch counter of a segregated North Carolina Woolworth's are remembered today as heroes of the Civil Rights movement. But people like RSDM alum Dr. George McLaughlin -- who joined his classmates during the early days of their sit-in -- also shaped history. He was among a small but growing wave of students who turned out to support them and kept showing up, eventually sparking a nationwide student movement at lunch counters across the U.S. LEARN MORE


Nice on Ice
Dental School vs. Med School

Bitewings against Medwings
Join us at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and RSDM battle it out on the ice in the 3rd annual Medwings vs. Bitewings ice hockey game on March 20th at the Prudential Center in Newark at 8 p.m. 
The match is a fundraiser for the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, which helps families who are struggling with a child's illness from cancer. The suggested donation is $5 at the door.  This year, the match is partially sponsored by the NHL and will include games, prizes and an auction of sports memorabilia.

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