News Release

February 1, 2006

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

School of Dental Medicine Receives Major Gift from Straumann USA for Dental Implant Education and Research

FARMINGTON, CONN. – The University of Connecticut’s new Center for Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry has received a major gift from Straumann USA to expand its curriculum in the rapidly growing field of dental implant therapy. Swiss-based Straumann is a world leader in dental implant and oral tissue regeneration products. The amount of the gift is not being revealed at the company's request.

The donation, in addition to previous support from the company, will fund research into new dental implant technology and will strengthen patient care and education programs at UConn’s School of Dental Medicine, which consistently ranks among the top three dental schools in the country. In addition, Straumann is providing dental implants, prosthetic components, surgical and prosthetic instrumentation, training resources and materials to support predoctoral and postgraduate dental implant curricula.

Thomas Taylor, D.M.D., professor and head of the Health Center’s Department of Oral Rehabilitation, Biomaterials and Skeletal Development said, “One of the things that sets Straumann apart is that they place such high value and high priority on education and research in implant dentistry. Their willingness to invest in our center clearly demonstrates the value they believe we can bring to education and research efforts.”

Dental implant therapy has been growing in importance internationally as a preferred alternative to tooth replacement and other conventional restorations. As a result of Straumann’s donation, UConn dental students will have the enhanced capability to place and/or restore dental implants during their clinical studies. This important skill set provides students with the tools they need to perform the latest dental implant procedures.

“This is an absolutely win/win opportunity; receiving such a generous gift from a prestigious leader in the dental implant industry provides us with the necessary resources to jump start our new implant center,” remarked Peter Robinson, D.M.D., dean of the School of Dental Medicine. “The school is currently recognized as a center of excellence in dental implantology, but the support from Straumann will allow us to move to the next level.”

The Center for Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry will be an integral part of the Health Center’s Musculoskeletal Institute and will serve both students and practicing dentists as a training center and support network for the advancement of dental implant studies in Connecticut and the surrounding region.

As New England’s only public school of dentistry, the School provides predoctoral educational opportunities for individuals who desire to become broadly competent general practitioners of dental medicine, capable of providing for the oral health care needs of the State’s citizens. The school also offers postdoctoral training in all accepted dental educational programs. Building upon its educational commitments, the School of Dental Medicine offers quality, comprehensive oral care and promotes the concept of wellness and the preservation of health and prevention of disease.

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