Henry Schein Announces Release of Dentrix G6

Posted on April 30, 2015

MELVILLE, NY April 30, 2015 -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, announced today the release of Dentrix® G6, the latest version of the award-winning dental practice management software. Dentrix G6 offers customers new features that enhance the user experience and enable practitioners to adopt paperless practices.

To help practices further automate daily tasks, such as scheduling, charting, treatment planning, billing and reporting, Dentrix G6 features upgrades to its financial analytics and accounting and billing tools that will make it easier to manage patient information. In addition, Dentrix G6 offers enhanced functionality to the existing eDex service, which allows easier access to patient information by enabling business and personal contacts to be merged and accessible on a single platform. Dentrix G6 also features a new “click to chat” button in the Help menu so customers can receive real-time answers to their questions from the Dentrix support team.

Another new button on the Dentrix G6 toolbar gives one-click access to the Dentrix Marketplace, an online store that offers products and services that work with Dentrix, including “Dentrix Connected” apps that integrate directly into the Dentrix system to eliminate duplicate data entry and speeds up the practice workflow.

"The Dentrix Marketplace, with its Dentrix Connected apps, offers Dentrix users a multitude of options to expand their Dentrix systems and integrate their practice technology,” said Chris Wadsworth, Senior Product Manager, Dentrix Partner Program. “The Dentrix Connected apps are designed by independent software vendors (ISVs) who use Marketplace to connect directly with thousands of our Dentrix users. Today, we have more than 25 vendors already certified to run with Dentrix G6 and hundreds more are currently developing Dentrix Connected solutions,” Mr. Wadsworth added. “Dentrix customers with questions about whether the technology products currently used in their practice are certified to work with Dentrix G6 should contact the product’s vendor or manufacturer and ask if they offer “Dentrix Connected” versions of their solution.”

Updates featured in Dentrix G6 were based on feedback received from users via an online suggestion box, social media polls and industry conferences made available by Henry Schein.

“At Henry Schein, we deeply value customer feedback to help us ensure that our ongoing development efforts meet their unique interests and needs,” said Kevin Bunker, President, Henry Schein North American Practice Solutions. “As a result of feedback received, Dentrix G6 was developed to offer effective solutions that help improve the way our customers manage their practices. With the release of Dentrix G6, we are excited to introduce new tools that practitioners can rely on to improve the efficiency and productivity of their practice, which benefits the dental team and patient.”

Dentrix customers with an active Dentrix Customer Service Plan can upgrade to Dentrix G6 at no cost. Customers who do not have an active plan may call 1.800.336.8749 or visit www.Dentrix.com/CSP to enroll and qualify for the upgrade. For more details about Dentrix G6, please visit www.Dentrix.com/G6.

 

About Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein, Inc. is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the NASDAQ 100® Indices, Henry Schein employs approximately 18,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than one million customers.

The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 100,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 150,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.

Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 29 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $10.4 billion in 2014, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 16 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit the Henry Schein website at www.henryschein.com.  

Colgate and ShopRite Celebrate the 2015 Recycled Playground Challenge

Posted on April 30, 2015

TRENTON, NJ, April 27, 2015 – TerraCycle has announced the return of its Recycled Playground Challenge - an initiative in partnership with Colgate-Palmolive (“Colgate”), the global oral care leader, and ShopRite, which has more than 250 stores in the Northeast - to help encourage oral hygiene and sustainability among school children and consumers.

Beginning now through June 13, schools in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Maryland have a chance to win a new playground made completely of recycled material.

To be eligible, the schools must participate in the Oral Care Brigade™, a free recycling program run by Colgate and TerraCycle. Schools will earn one ‘Playground Credit’ for each shipment of empty toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, and floss containers sent to TerraCycle. Schools can earn additional Playground Credits by voting online at www.terracycle.com/colgateshopriteplayground. Last year’s winner was BelovED Community Charter School in Jersey City, New Jersey with a total of 178,303 Playground Credits earned.

“Colgate is committed to contributing to our communities and respecting the environment,” said Justin Skala, President, North America and Global Sustainability, Colgate-Palmolive. “Programs like the Colgate® Oral Care Brigade™ and Recycled Playground Challenge offer us an innovative way to reinforce these commitments and for consumers to positively impact the environment by repurposing their Colgate® oral care products.”

This year’s school with the most Playground Credits will be announced as the winner by July 15 and the grand prize playground will be installed during the 2015/2016 back-to-school season. The first and second runner-up schools, as well as six honorable mention participants, will be awarded various upcycled prizes and ShopRite® gift cards.

In addition to donating gift cards for the runner-up schools, ShopRite is also encouraging community participation in the contest with displays throughout its stores.

“Partnering with Colgate and TerraCycle in this contest is a great way to engage ShopRite customers in our commitment to caring for the community," said Christine Magyarits, ShopRite Community Relations Manager. "Not only did last year's contest help us to encourage the community to recycle and preserve the environment, but it also brought so many smiles to children's faces. We are excited to be bringing the Challenge back to our communities this year and look forward to meeting this year's winner."

“The benefits of this program are two-fold,” said TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky. “Colgate and ShopRite made an important commitment to sustainability by partnering with TerraCycle, and for the second year in a row, they chose to take it a step further with a donation that will create a lasting impact for a deserving community.”

For instructions on how to participate in the Recycled Playground Challenge, please visit www.terracycle.com/colgateshopriteplayground or your local ShopRite retailer.

To learn more about the Colgate® Oral Care Brigade™ program and to sign up, please visit www.terracycle.com/colgate.

 

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, Sanex, 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 website at www.colgatepalmolive.com. To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®, Colgate's global oral health education program, please visit www.colgatebsbf.com.


About ShopRite

ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 250 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated $37 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999. As a title sponsor of the LPGA’s ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised more than $27 million for local organizations, hospitals and community groups. Progressive Grocer named ShopRite its 2011 Retailer of the Year and Supermarket News awarded ShopRite its 2011 Retail Excellence Award. For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com.


About TerraCycle

Founded in 2001, TerraCycle, Inc., is the world’s leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste, ranging from used chip bags to coffee capsules to cigarette butts. The waste is collected through free, national, brand-funded platforms called "Brigades," as well as various consumer and government-funded models. The collected waste is reused, upcycled or recycled into a variety of affordable, sustainable consumer products and industrial applications. Each year, across 21 countries, TerraCycle collects and repurposes billions of pieces of waste, donating millions of dollars to schools and charities in the process. TerraCycle is the subject of a new half-hour comedy, ‘Human Resources,’ on Pivot TV. Season two airs August 2015. To learn more about TerraCycle or get involved in our recycling programs, please visit www.terracycle.com

Patterson and Sirona Team Up to Distribute CAD/CAM Technologies

Posted on April 30, 2015

ST. PAUL, MN, April 29, 2015 -- Patterson Companies, Inc. PDCO, -0.28% today announced a new agreement that will bring high-tech CEREC units to dental groups affiliated with American Dental Partners, Inc. (ADPI). The enterprise-wide agreement will help dentists affiliated with ADPI bring high quality care to their patients.

“We firmly believe that expansion into this market is a win-win that will provide a strong return on investment for ADPI, confirm the superiority of Sirona’s advanced equipment and drive long-term growth for Patterson,” said Paul Guggenheim, president of Patterson Dental, “Expansion into the large dental practice market has been a priority for us this year, and we are glad to see momentum behind this initiative. We are proud to deliver what we believe is the best-in-class digital impression technology platform.”

ADPI’s affiliated dental groups will use Sirona’s CEREC Omnicam Connect technology to create digital impressions faster and more efficiently than traditional methods. Dentists can use the innovative Sirona Connect Technology to send digital impressions to the dental laboratory, resulting in a faster turnaround time for patients and reduced costs for practitioners. The Omnicam Connect technology also allows workflow integration with orthodontic systems, and can be used for Invisalign® case submissions, which require a scanner that can capture a full arch digital impression.

“We are deeply committed to providing our affiliated dental groups with patient-centered technology. Digital impression technology advances our long-standing commitment to practice-based technology that enables high-quality clinical care and enhances the patient-care experience,” said Gregory Serrao, CEO and President of ADPI. “Several of our affiliated dental groups participated in a year-long pilot program evaluating several different digital impression systems. Based on the outcomes of the pilot program, we and our affiliated dental groups agreed that Sirona/Patterson would be our partner for digital impression scanning. We will offer CEREC Omnicam to our affiliated dental groups through our dental laboratory.”

 

About American Dental Partners, Inc.

American Dental Partners is one of the nation's leading business partners to dental group practices. The Company is affiliated with 22 dental group practices, representing over 390 locations, which are located in 21 states.

 

About Patterson Companies, Inc. 

Patterson Companies, Inc. is a value-added distributor serving the dental, companion-pet veterinarian and rehabilitation supply markets. 

Dental Market

As Patterson’s largest business, Patterson Dental provides a virtually complete range of consumable dental products, equipment and software, turnkey digital solutions and value-added services to dentists and dental laboratories throughout North America.

Veterinary Market

Patterson Veterinary is a leading distributor in the U.S. and U.K. of consumable veterinary supplies, equipment and software, diagnostic products, vaccines and pharmaceuticals predominantly to companion-pet veterinary clinics. 

Rehabilitation Market

Patterson Medical is the world’s leading distributor of rehabilitation supplies and non-wheelchair assistive patient products to the physical and occupational therapy markets. The unit’s global customer base includes hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and dealers. 

High Costs of Dental Care Leave Many with Too Little Money for Basic Necessities

Posted on April 30, 2015

Having to pay for dental health care can put a considerable strain on household finances in many countries, according to an international study led by King's College London.

The new study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, assessed the extent of household 'catastrophic dental health expenditure' (CDHE) in 41 low and middle income countries. Expenditure was defined as catastrophic if it was equal to or higher than 40% of the household's capacity to pay.

Up to 7% of the households surveyed in these countries had incurred catastrophic dental health expenditure in the last month.

The study by King's, UCL and Universiti Teknologi MARA (Malaysia) found that wealthier, urban and larger households and more economically developed countries had higher odds of facing CDHE. In low and middle income countries, the use of dental services is more a function of household's ability to pay than of people's dental needs.

The analysis did not include the indirect costs of seeking dental care, including income loss due to ill health, travel, waiting at clinics or providing care to family members and the results therefore probably underestimate the financial consequences for dental health care on these households.

Dr Eduardo Bernabe, lead author from the Dental Institute at King's College London, said: 'Using dental services can cost households a large proportion of their available income and push many into poverty and long-term debt. Those needing dental treatment face both the direct costs of using the service and indirect loss of income to attend a clinic during working hours.

'Our study highlights the low level of financial protection that healthcare financing systems provides for their citizens. Dental public health advocates and international dental organizations should push for dental care to be included in current discussions about universal health coverage.'

Source: Science Daily


Carestream Scanner Wins Edison Award

Posted on April 29, 2015

ATLANTA—The CS 3500 intraoral scanner from Carestream Dental has been awarded a bronze 2015 Edison Award in the category of Dental 3D Printers and Services by the internationally renowned Edison Awards™. The distinguished award, inspired by Thomas Edison’s persistence and inventiveness, recognizes innovation, creativity, and ingenuity in the global economy. 

“It’s exciting to see companies like Carestream Dental continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking,” said Frank Bonafilia, executive director of the Edison Awards. “Edison Awards recognizes the game-changing products and services, and the teams that brought them to consumers.” 

The award was announced April 23, 2015, at the Edison Awards Annual Gala, held in the historic ballroom of The Capitale in New York City. Joe Andrasko, regional product manager for CS Solutions, was on hand to accept the award on Carestream Dental’s behalf.   

“We’re very proud of the way that the CS 3500 is changing restorations and appliance fabrication in the field of dentistry,” said Ed Shellard, DMD, vice president, global sales and marketing, for Carestream Dental. “It’s an honor to have the scanner recognized for its innovation; it sets the bar high as we continue to advance this award-winning technology." 

The CS 3500 allows practitioners to easily acquire true color and 2D and 3D images. Requiring no external heater or trolley system, the CS 3500 features high-angulation scanning of up to 45 degrees and to a depth from -2 to +13mm. Additionally, the CS 3500 uses open-format STL files for easy sharing and can be plugged directly into a computer’s USB—making it truly portable. The scanner offers workflows for restorative dentistry, orthodontics and implantology. 

Edison Award nominees are judged by more than 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the nation whose votes acknowledge the CS 3500’s success in meeting the award’s stringent criteria of quality. The voting panel includes members of: Chief Marketing Officer Council (CMO); Design Management Institute (DMI); American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC); American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); Georgia State Marketing Roundtable (GSU); Product Development and Management Association (PDMA); Association. of Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE); past Edison Award winners; marketing professionals; scientists; designers; engineers; and academics. 

NIH Expands Medical Scholars Program, Announces New Class

Posted on April 28, 2015

The National Institutes of Health has selected 55 talented and diverse students, representing 37 U.S.-accredited universities, for the fourth class of its Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP), its largest class to date.

A yearlong residential program, the MRSP introduces medical, dental and veterinary students to cutting-edge research, part of NIH's goal of training the next generation of clinician-scientists and biomedical researchers. The program places creative, research-oriented students in NIH laboratories and clinics, including within the NIH Clinical Center, to conduct basic, clinical or translational research in areas that match their career interests and research goals.

A mentored research training experience forms the core of this program and allows these future clinician-scientists and biomedical researchers to carry out research across the full spectrum of science in the interest of improving public health.

"The NIH has a proud history of training clinician-scientists, many of whom have gone on to win the Nobel Prize or to lead major medical research organizations," said Michael Gottesman, M.D., deputy director for intramural research at NIH. "These students will be introduced to incredibly innovative research, among the best in the world, and I know they will be up to the challenge."

The 55 selected participants include 54 medical and one dental student and include 25 females and 13 from underrepresented minority groups.

"Competition for this program is intense, and we have had the good fortune of being able to pick from the very best of the best," said Yvonne Maddox, Ph.D., acting director of NIH’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, a major financial supporter of this year’s class. Maddox, a member of the MRSP recruitment team, also stated, "Our new class more closely resembles the diversity that has made the United States a world leader in technology and biomedical research and reflects a concerted recruitment effort to reach out to more segments of the research and academic communities."

In addition to a rigorous research agenda, MRSP scholars participate in courses, journal club seminars, a structured lecture series and clinical teaching rounds. They also present their research to the NIH community and at domestic professional conferences. Each scholar is assigned a tutor/advisor, who provides guidance in defining a well-articulated career development plan and in selecting a dedicated NIH research mentor. Mentors are fulltime NIH investigators with established basic, clinical or translational research programs.

The MRSP is co-sponsored by the NIH and other partners, including the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, American Association for Dental Research, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Colgate-Palmolive Company and other private donors, via contributions to the Foundation for the NIH. The 55 selected participants for the 2015–2016 NIH MRSP are provided below.

The 2015-2016 NIH Medical Research Scholars Program participants

  • Comfort O. Elumogo - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

  • Saman Sizdahkhani - Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

  • Taylor J. Aiken - Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western University

  • Chinedu I. Anyaeji - Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western University

  • Lauren G. Banaszak - Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western University

  • Ruth J. Davis - Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western University

  • Adeeb Derakhshan - Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western University

  • Scott A. Galey - Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western University

  • Matthew D. Greer - Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western University

  • Elizabeth A. Hinds - Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western University

  • Damilola Phillips - Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western University

  • Karissa Arthur -Commonwealth Medical College

  • Monica K. Neuman - Creighton University School of Medicine

  • Renee M. Thomas - David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

  • Michael J. Hochman - Duke University School of Medicine

  • Ehren K. Dancy - Emory University School of Medicine

  • Christian M. Mustroph - Emory University School of Medicine

  • Christopher T. Sauter - Emory University School of Medicine

  • Jason A. Alvarez - Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

  • Nicole A. Colwell - Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

  • Luca F. Valle - Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

  • Brittany U. Olive - George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences

  • Maggie M. Wei - Georgetown University School of Medicine

  • Lauren A. Barber - Harvard Medical School

  • David J. Kirby - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

  • Jana P. Lovell - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

  • Tina Munjal - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

  • Steven J. Penybaker - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

  • Stephen Xue - Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans

  • Matthew J. Watson - Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Joseph B. Lerman - Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University

  • Diana P. Melo - New York University School of Medicine

  • Eugenia H. Miranti - Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine

  • Rachel J. Hunt - Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

  • Janani Singaravelu - Ohio State University College of Medicine

  • Roger B. Murayi - Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Victor R. Carlson - Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

  • Andrew M. Sohn - Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

  • Michael A. Simmons - University of Arizona College of Medicine

  • James S. Nix - University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

  • David Kuo - University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

  • Brandon K. Tan - University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

  • Houda Boucekkine - University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

  • Tarek Metwally - University of Michigan School of Dentistry

  • Eric D. Merrill - University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine

  • Lingsheng Li - University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

  • Michael Kongnyuy - University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

  • Elizabeth J. Carstens - University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas

  • Amanda Truong - University of Utah School of Medicine

  • Ishan Asokan - Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

  • Akhil Muthigi - Wake Forest University School of Medicine

  • Barrington A. Quarrie - Wake Forest University School of Medicine

  • Roop K. Dutta - Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

  • Alanna K. Tisdale - Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

  • Tsion M. Aberra - Yale University School of Medicine

About the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP): The IRP is the internal research program of the NIH, known for its synergistic approach to biomedical science. With approximately 1,100 principal investigators and more than 4,000 postdoctoral fellows conducting basic, translational, and clinical research, the IRP is the world's largest biomedical research institution. For more information about the IRP and its programs, visit http://www.irp.nih.gov.

ADHA Supports New Community Water Fluoridation Recommendation

Posted on April 28, 2015

Chicago (April 27, 2015) — Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final Public Health Service (PHS) recommendation for the optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay. The new recommendation is for a single level of 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water. It updates and replaces the previous recommended range (0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter), which was issued in 1962. 

Because it is now possible to receive enough fluoride with slightly lower levels of fluoride in water, HHS developed the new PHS recommendation for community water fluoridation. This change will maintain the protective decay prevention benefits of water fluoridation and reduce the occurrence of dental fluorosis. 

“While additional sources of fluoride are more widely used than they were in 1962, the need for community water fluoridation still continues,” said U.S. Deputy Surgeon General Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH. “Community water fluoridation is effective, inexpensive and does not depend on access or availability of professional services.” 

For the past 70 years, communities across the United States have found that fluoride in their public water systems significantly improved their residents’ oral health. Nearly 75 percent of Americans who are served by public water systems receive fluoridated water. The ADHA is a supporter of community water fluoridation — the ADHA’s Policy Manual states that community water fluoridation is a “safe and effective method for reducing the incidence of dental caries.” In addition, the organization also promotes the “education of the public and other health professionals regarding the preventive and therapeutic benefits of fluoride.” 

“As dental hygienists, it’s important that we educate the public on the preventive benefits of community water fluoridation,” said ADHA President Kelli Swanson Jaecks, MA, RDH. “Community water fluoridation serves as an important measure that has been shown to lower the rate of dental caries. It is vital that we continue to utilize water fluoridation to help the public achieve their optimal oral health.” 

The U.S. Public Health Service Recommendation for Fluoride Concentration in Drinking Water for the Prevention of Dental Caries was published on April 27, 2015, in Public Health Reports. You may view the report by visiting http://www.publichealthreports.org/documents/PHS_2015_Fluoride_Guidelines.pdf

For more information about community water fluoridation, the Children’s Dental Health Project fluoridation toolkit (http://www.ilikemyteeth.org/) offers a number of resources and facts about water fluoridation. Information for health care providers and individuals on how to prevent tooth decay and reduce the chance of developing dental fluorosis also may be obtained by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation

NIH names Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Posted on April 28, 2015

National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., announced today the selection of Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D., as Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Dr. Pérez-Stable is expected to join NIH in September.

“Eliseo is a highly respected leader with rich experience in advancing efforts to eliminate health disparities,” said Dr. Collins. “He has the passion and vision to guide the NIMHD research agenda in this critically important area.”

Photo of Dr. Perez-Stable

Dr. Perez-Stable 

As NIMHD director, Dr. Pérez-Stable will oversee the institute’s $270 million budget to conduct and support research, training, research capacity and infrastructure development, public education and information dissemination programs to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. NIMHD is the lead organization at the NIH for planning, reviewing, coordinating and evaluating minority health and health disparities research activities conducted by the NIH institutes and centers.

Dr. Pérez-Stable comes to NIH from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) where he is a professor of medicine, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and director of the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities. The center works to alleviate health disparities with a focus on improving health care for aging minority populations and to diversify the scientific workforce addressing these issues. He is also director of the UCSF Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations, which is addressing issues for African Americans, Asians and Latinos in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease and reproductive health. Dr. Pérez-Stable’s personal research interest is in improving the health of poor and minority patients, reducing health risks such as smoking in minority populations and improving cross-cultural communication skills among health care professionals.

“I would like to recognize and thank NIMHD Acting Director Yvonne T. Maddox, Ph.D., for her exemplary and dedicated service of leading the NIMHD efforts over the last year,” said Dr. Collins. “Yvonne will be taking her incredible leadership skills to become Vice President for Research at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.”

Carestream Dental Names New President

Posted on April 28, 2015

ATLANTA — Lisa Ashby has been appointed president of Carestream’s Dental effective May 4. As a member of the executive leadership team, she will lead the company’s global dental organization.

Ashby brings more than 26 years of corporate business expertise acquired during a successful career at Cardinal Health—a $100 billion healthcare products and services provider—where she held positions of increasing responsibility.

Most recently, she was president, medical devices and diagnostics, at Cardinal Health, with responsibility for six companies generating $3 billion in revenue with a product portfolio ranging from laboratory diagnostics to surgical devices and critical care products. She served on Cardinal Health’s operating committee, several company advisory councils, and was active in several industry organizations to help influence legislative policy and create awareness across the global healthcare community.

Prior to this Ashby was president of category management with executive responsibility for key Cardinal Health companies that manufactured and distributed healthcare products around the world. In this role, Ashby increased new product introductions by more than 30 percent. Earlier in her career, she held leadership positions in sales and marketing, channel management and distribution, and operations at Cardinal Health.

Ashby holds a B.A. in public policy/computer science/psychology from Duke University. She is a board member of BioOhio and a past board member of AdvaMedDx, and has served on multiple non-profit organizations benefitting the Ohio community.

Ashby will relocate to Atlanta, Ga., for her role with Carestream Dental.

Aurum Ceramic Launches 4-Part Webinar Series

Posted on April 28, 2015

Aurum Ceramic Dental Laboratories is pleased to announce the launch of their latest Webinar Series: “Ultra Conservative Minimal Prep Veneers” This new 4-part set of Webinars covers everything you need to know to start and finish your first minimal-prep case. And, it’s packed with invaluable tips for those already placing minimal prep veneers per routine in their practices. Tracing an actual case from smile evaluation to cementation with a live patient, these webinars have

been designed to deliver a true “over the shoulder” experience for the practitioner. The series covers:

  • "Getting Ready for Success with Minimal-Prep Veneers" - Easy to apply pre-planning systems for clinical assessment and smile evaluation that naturally lead to superior esthetics.

  • "The Aesthetic Consultation and Wax-up Appointment" - Working with the patient for the optimal end result!

  • "The "Pre-Approved Smile" Preparation Technique" - Proven and predictable preparation/temporization guidelines and laboratory-fabricated tools based on the patient’s pre-approved smile.

  • "Placing and Finishing Minimal-Prep Veneers" – Placement and cementation tips for an outstanding, quick and efficient final result.

Featuring well-known lecturer and clinician Dr. Daniele Larose, this series is available On Demand at $349.00 for the entire Four Webinar series or at $99.00 per Webinar for each of the four titles. Both options include an on-going email Q&A component with Dr. Larose.

Contact the Aurum Ceramic Continuing Education Department at 1-800-363-3989 (or email at ce@aurumgroup.com) for more information.

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