WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With a generous commitment from the Colgate-Palmolive Company, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), in collaboration with the American Association for Dental Research (AADR), has established the ADEA/AADR/Colgate-Palmolive Co./Dr. Dominick P. DePaola Scholar in the ADEA Leadership Institute. The scholarship is in memory of Dominick DePaola, D.D.S., Ph.D., a leader in dental education, research, patient care, and academic administration for nearly four decades.
“Dom was a warm, inspiring leader who lives on through the countless lives he touched during his decades of service to academic dentistry and patient care,” says ADEA President and CEO, Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H. “We are proud to honor his commitment to academic dentistry with this scholarship to help develop future academic leaders.”
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. 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.
“Colgate-Palmolive Co. is committed to the dental education community and its future leaders,” says Fotinos S. Panagakos, D.M.D., Ph.D., Global Director, Scientific Affairs at Colgate-Palmolive Co. “We are pleased to support this important scholarship in the name of such an influential leader.”
Dr. DePaola received his dental degree from the New York University College of Dental Medicine, followed by a Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry and metabolism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During his career in academic dentistry, he served as dean of four dental schools: Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. DePaola was the first to serve as president of both ADEA and the American Association of Dental Research (AADR). He also served as president and CEO of the Forsyth Institute, an independent research organization. In 2005, Dr. DePaola received ADEA’s Distinguished Service Award, and in 2009 he received the ADEAGies Foundation Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Oral Health and Education. Throughout his career, Dr. DePaola published over 80 scientific articles and textbook chapters, edited two books and gave over 1,000 lectures in the U.S. and internationally.
“We are delighted to be able to honor our friend and colleague, Dom DePaola. His passion for dental research and scholarship as the foundation for dental education and our profession will continue to inspire future generations of dental leaders,” says Peter Polverini, D.D.S., D.M.Sc., AADR President and Professor and Dean Emeritus, University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
About the American Dental Education Association
The American 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 AADSAS, PASS, DHCAS and CAAPID. For more information about ADEA, visit www.adea.org.
About the American Association for Dental Research
The American Association for Dental Research (AADR), headquartered in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit organization with more than 3,500 members in the United States. Its mission is: (1) to advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health; (2) to support and represent the oral health research community; and (3) to facilitate the communication and application of research findings. AADR is the largest Division of the International Association for Dental Research. To learn more about the AADR, visit www.aadronline.org.
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 over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as 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.