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.
Dr. DeRouen is a University of Washington Emeritus Professor in the departments of Biostatistics, Oral Health Sciences, and Global Health. His roles in UW academic dentistry also included Associate Dean for Research and Interim Dean. He served as President of the American Association for Dental Research, and created the Summer Institute in Clinical Dental Research Methods, an intensive six-week interdisciplinary program in research methods designed for dental faculty working clinical areas that has now been offered for more than 25 years and attracted more than 560 faculty from 30 U.S. states and 54 foreign countries. As founder of the Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health, he served as PI on several NIH D43 grants which have expanded oral health research training capacity in Thailand and SE Asia.
We are very excited to receive this open endowment. Initial efforts for the generated funds will be for increasing research capacity through funding junior faculty in our partner sites, leading to expanding lines of research through their respective geographical areas and therefore decreasing inequalities in global oral health.