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The DeRouen Center receives an
endowment from our founder

The Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health was recently gifted an endowment by our founder and his wife, Tim and Cheryl DeRouen. This generous gift is earmarked to grow and expand the center, and to expand research capacity in oral health in low- and middle-income countries.
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Advances in our efforts to integrate oral health among the Washington resettlement process

Refugees often experienced trauma in their home country, and during the migratory process to neighboring countries and refugee camps. Studies have shown that refugees have worse oral health than the vulnerable and underserved populations of their host countries. Furthermore, oral care might consist of just emergent removal of teeth and or abscess treatment with antibiotics.
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Two women and child outside a house in the mountains

Public Health Dentistry Program at
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

In Peru, according to the Ministry of Health (MINSA), dental caries is one of the most prevalent diseases in the population and oral cavity problems are the main cause of medical visits. In response to this problem the Peruvian State approved the Dental Residency Regulation in 2013, with the purpose of training specialists in dentistry.
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UPCH Leading Implant Dentistry in
Latin America in the COVID-19 Era

As a health profession, dentistry has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, not only in terms of preventing and spreading infections, but also in providing care. Within the areas of dentistry, oral implantology is one of the specialties most affected by its invasiveness since it combines surgical procedures, prosthetic interventions, and aerosol-producing interventions.
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Dr. DeRouen and Thai trainees

The story behind Khon Kaen and Thammasat University success in global oral health research

Since 2006, there has been a dedicated effort to expand oral research capacity in Thailand. In conjunction with the University of Washington and Dr. Timothy DeRouen, two National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center (FIC) D43 grants have been awarded, which funds research capacity building. From this initial research infrastructure, many Thai and southeast Asian researchers have been trained in global oral health research techniques.
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Highlighting Thai trainees’ research projects in oral health

Several exciting oral health studies have resulted from expanded oral health research capacity in Thailand. Trainees from the initial NIH D43 training grants have now gone on to investigate important topics such as cleft palates, chemo-mechanical dental caries, and the association between breast feeding, bottle feeding, and dental caries in very young children.
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Statue of Big W on UW Campus

Decreasing inequalities in global oral health: Let’s publish your thesis!

The Timothy A. DeRouen Center is among the 2021 recipients of the University of Washington (UW) Global Innovation Fund (GIF). GIF is an award given through the UW Office of Global Affairs. It funds research collaborations that advance interdisciplinarity across the world.
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Annals of Global Health highlights the relevance of increasing research training programs in oral health

In its November 2020 edition, Annals of Global Health published an opinion piece on creating oral health research capacity on low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). This is a remarkable opportunity for expanding advocacy for decreasing inequalities in global health. Below are relevant highlights.
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Pagoda in Thailand
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DeRouen Center is awarded an Arcora Foundation grant

Arcora Foundation is Washington state’s largest foundation dedicated exclusively to improving oral health. A nationally recognized catalyst for change, Arcora ensures policymakers, advocates, and the public have the right information to make wise decisions that lead to better health.
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Oral Health Care Case Working Training with World Relief

At the end of 2019, approximately 79.5 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide. Washington State is consistently among the top five states with the highest refugee populations, most from Burma, Bhutan, the Former Soviet Union, Iraq and Eritrea.
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World Relief Seattle
Drs. Marco Alarcon and Tania Ariza (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia) and Drs. Ana Lucia Seminario and Kyle Kirk (UW) during a field trip in the Peruvian Amazon

Children’s oral health on children’s and family quality of life in Peru Amazonian slum

Untreated dental caries in permanent teeth is the most prevalent disease, and dental caries of the primary teeth affect more than 530 million children. Oral diseases manifest as pain, impairment, and loss of function, and can affect individuals throughout their lifetime.
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Peru Education, Action, & Research (PEAR) Network at University of Washington

The Peru Education, Action, & Research (PEAR) Network is an informal network of UW faculty, graduate students, and community partners with research interests, projects, collaborators, and/or student programs in Peru.
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Hills in Peru
Clinical Research Workshop

Thailand increases oral health research training capacity

Although oral diseases are largely preventable, they are among the most non-communicable diseases globally, and they disproportionately burden disadvantaged communities, specially within low- and middle-income nations.
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Rewarding meeting between DeRouen Center interns and Dean Chiodo

At the end of 2019, the UW Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health interns took part in a breakfast meeting with Dr. Gary Chiodo, Dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry. The interns shared snapshots of their work in furthering the DeRouen Center’s mission.
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Collage with logo for UW and UoN

UW collaboration with UoN

Since 2015, the University of Washington (UW) DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health has developed a partnership with UW Global Health, University of Nairobi and Kenyatta National Hospital in Kenya to set up the Children’s Healthy Oral Management Project (CHOMP).
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Oral health topics awarded by NIH Fogarty fellowship

The Fogarty International Center (FIC) is dedicated to advancing the NIH mission by supporting and facilitating global health research conducted by the U.S. and international investigators, building partnerships between health research institutions in the U.S. and abroad, and training the next generation of scientists to address global health needs.
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DENTEL 520

DENTEL-520 – Course sets an example for integrating Global Health into UW Dental School Curriculum

Dental students have demonstrated an interest in international topics but are largely unaware of global health topics. To improve students’ global health awareness, the University of Washington (UW) Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health at the UW School of Dentistry (UWSOD) created an elective course for dental and public health students.
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DeRouen Center Interns’ Next Steps

Congratulations to the DeRouen Center interns who graduated in Spring 2020. Jessica Latimer, Susan Lee and Belle Chen recently graduated from UW School of Dentistry. Jessica is currently attending a 4-year residency at Harvard School of Dental Medicine as a Doctor of Medical Sciences candidate and Periodontology resident. Susan has accepted a position as an associate dentist at a private practice in Monroe, WA beginning in August, and Belle is exploring dental opportunities within WA., Pooja Rajanbabu and Jennifer Liu are graduates of UW School of Public Health.
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Global Interns
Jennifer Liu

Our Intern Jennifer Liu Accepted to Epidemiology Fellowship in California

UW MPH graduate, Jennifer Liu, was recently selected for the California Epidemiologic Investigation Service (Cal-EIS) Fellowship Program for the 2020-2021 year. Cal-EIS is a unique program that provides one year of training in applied epidemiology for epidemiologists who have recently graduated from a Master’s degree program. Fellows have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects under the mentorship of a preceptor, either within the California Department of Public Health or within a local health department in the state.
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Reshaping Oral Health After COVID-19

Life as we knew it has changed during the past few months, and it will never again be the same. The novel coronavirus seemed like a hypothetical risk when it arose in distant countries. Then the pandemic arrived in our back yard and began spreading here at great risk to public health. It is an invisible foe, highly contagious and significantly mortal. In the process of realizing the profound implications that a tiny virus has on our lives and freedom to move about in our communities, we are also confronted with the reality that dental education and dental practice will change forever.
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Dr. Gary Chiodo

Past Events

Feasibility of integrating oral health in the primary care of HIV-positive pediatric patients in a low-resource setting

Fogarty Fellow: Catherine Lutalo Mwesigwa

University of Washington + Makerere University

Funded by Fogarty International Center – NIH – 2020

The Association Between Levels of Salivary Antimicrobial Peptides and the Presence of Periodontal Disease in HIV-infected Adolescents

Fogarty Fellow: Ashley Karczewski

Indiana University + University of Nairobi

Funded by Fogarty International Center – NIH – 2019

Global Oral Health Awareness Fundraiser Breakfast at UW Botanic Gardens

UW Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health

Aug 29th, 2019

Integrating oral health into the pediatric HIV care continuum: Baseline data of oral and systemic inflammation

UW Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health + UW Global Health

Awarded by SunStar Preventive Award Kick Off Clinical Trial February 2019

2017 Sunstar Preventative Dentistry Award

UW Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health

Awarded September 18, 2017

InterACTION Labs: Piloting an interdisciplinary health program with an informal settlement in the Peruvian Amazon

UW Landscape Architecture + UW Environment + UW Dentistry

Awarded by UW Population Health Initiative 2017

6th International Workshop on Clinical Research Methods in Oral Health

Chiang Rai, Thailand

Funded by Fogarty International Center – NIH – 2016

Calibration on Pediatric Oral Manifestations of HIV in Kenya

University of Nairobi – University of Washington

Awarded by Global Innovation Fund – 2015