Inaugural Walk For Oral Cancer Awareness Drew Large Crowd, Huge Support
Can you name the sixth most common cancer? Could your neighbor? How about your best friend?
It is oral cancer, a devastating disease associated with a high rate of mortality--only 50 percent of those who receive a late stage diagnosis survive for five years. Those patients who do survive must contend with disabilty and disfigurement.
The UCLA School of Dentistry has long been on the front lines in both treating the disease and in conducting cutting-edge research to improve its diagnosis and treatment. Now UCLA dental students are putting the school on the map as a force in the cause to raise public awareness of oral cancer.
Their inaugural Walk for Oral Cancer Awareness (also known as WOCA) held on Sunday, April 17, 2011 was a huge success. More than 250 people turned out to walk or run the 5K on UCLA's campus under blue skies. After the race, Wes Hoover, a 30-year oral cancer survivor (and the father of Austin Hoover of the DDS Class of 2012), addressed the crowd to share his story of being a young husband and father of six who battled the disease not once but twice.
WOCA was staffed by predoctoral dental students who were advised and assisted by members of the school's administration throughout a year-long event preparation process. The event also was supported by the volunteerism of more than 50 UCLA pre-dental students, dental students and staff. Dean No-Hee Park allocated seed funding for the event, and Delta Dental supported the student organizers as their major corporate sponsor.
Congratulations are due to Ryan Gustafson, '12 who secured first place with a race time of 22:37. Kirk Morris, '11 took second place and Dr. Joan Pi-Anfruns came in third to score the title of first non-dental student finisher. The Class of 2011 raised $1,490, winning the class participation contest.
Most important, WOCA raised more than $17,000 in registration fees and donor and sponsor support. The proceeds will be used to support student activities ranging from oral cancer research to future awareness and cancer screening events.
For a detailed list of supporters and other information, visit the WOCA website.
UCLA ASDA Chapter and Member Win National Recognitions
The UCLA ASDA Chapter was recognized in March as the 2011 National
Ideal ASDA Chapter at ASDA’s 2011 Annual Session held at the Disneyland
Hotel in Anaheim. This is a very special award that recognizes the
chapter’s extraordinary record of leadership in organized dentistry and
advocacy on behalf of all students. And it is a repeat honor for UCLA
ASDA which also won the title in 2010. The Ideal ASDA Chapter
Awards Program was created in 1996 to honor achievements by ASDA
chapters in 12 separate categories including membership and
communications, advocacy, fundraising, activities, pre-dental
involvement, and ethics. Each year, the one chapter that excels in
each category is awarded the overall Ideal ASDA Chapter
Award. This year's selection committee received a total of 27
Additionally, UCLA's ASDA chapter also received recognition in the ASDA Journalism Awards for its newsletter, The Diastema News, and its recently redesigned website, BruinASDA.com.
Congratulations also are due to Tim O’Brien of the Class of 2012 for winning the Outstanding ASDA News Article Award for his essay, “Dentistry Outside the Box and the Cage.”
Sapna Lohiya of the DDS Class of 2013 has been awarded one of two Ozar-Hasegawa Dental Ethics Awards for 2011 by the American Society for Dental Ethics. This award is named for Professor David Ozar (Loyola University) and the late Dr. Thomas Hasegawa, Jr. (Baylor College of Dentistry) and is presented to a dental or dental hygiene student based on an essay that is the product of careful ethical reflection. Sapna’s submission was entitled “Domestic Violence Dilemma in the Dental Clinic” and was selected from a large field of applicants. Sapna received a cash award and will see her essay published in a future issue of the ASDE Newsletter.
The team of Daniel Johnson, Jason Scott and James Blackburn, members of the Class of 2013, won first place in the American Dental Education Association Student Poster Competition at the recent Annual Session of the Association in San Diego. Their poster was entitled "A Cross-section Analysis of NBDE Part I Transition to Pass/Fail: Grade-based vs. Pass-Fail Dental Schools."
William Cheng, a student in the Class of 2012, won an American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Bloc Travel Award. The awards are made possible by a grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to support travel for dental students to the 89th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR for the purpose of presenting scientific papers.
Rajita Kodali Kanuru of the UCLA Geriatric Dentistry Fellowship Program won first place in the 2011 Arthur R. Frechette Research Awards in Prosthodontics for her work on implants. The award recognizes original research by new investigators. It is sponsored by the Prosthodontics Group of the IADR and supported by the Whip Mix Corporation and carries a cash prize of $1,000.
This February, the Division of Restorative Dentistry sponsored 29 UCLA predoctoral dental students and postgraduate students so that they could attend the 40th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Operative Dentistry. Students from the Classes of 2011, 2012 amd 2013 joined the organization and participated in two days of essay sessions and table clinic presentations. The Academy of Operative Dentistry, which maintains a membership of more than 1,000 educators, clinicians and scientists from 55 countries, counts school facult members Drs. William Morgan, Sacha Dybnis, Edmond Hewlett, Esteban Bonilla, Christina David, Cristina Lopez, Colby Smith, Lillian Cheng, Jane Rafela, Amy Tran, Michael Capio, Todd Schoenbaum, Rueben Kim, and Richard Stevenson among its ranks. This marked the third time that UCLA has sponsored students to attend the organization's annual meeting.