man is an island, entire of itself." John Donne
In a new book entitled The Power of We: Succeeding Through Partnerships,
business executive and philanthropist Jonathan Tisch reminds us
that in today's complex world, no single organization, acting independently,
is capable of amassing the resources required to meet all of its
goals. While few organizations, he says, have mastered the art of
partnering successfully with others, those who have done so possess
a powerful tool for achieving advances.
Although NYUCD continues to be a work in progress, we have made
enormous strides over the past several years, thanks in large part
to our commitment to "the power of we." And so we devote this issue
of Global Health Nexus to the ways in which NYUCD is expressing
its commitment to bringing people and organizations together around
common goals to achieve something very much bigger than any one
individual or organization could accomplish by itself.
Indeed, virtually all of the major initiatives undertaken by NYUCD
in recent years have been fueled by the power of partnerships. The
list includes the Oral Cancer Consortium, international outreach,
research and educational collaborations, programs cosponsored with
the U.S. Army and the New York City Department of Health and Mental
Hygiene, and our alliances with the Levin Group and industry, among
others. Now, new models of collaboration are underscoring the pivotal
role of partnership in advancing NYUCD's vision of becoming the
dental institution on earth with the greatest impact on the health
On April 1, NYUCD was awarded a $26.7 million research grant from
the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR),
part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to initiate a Practice-Based
Research Network (PBRN). The PBRN grant marks the first time that
NIH has allocated funding to identify key outcomes from oral health
therapy based not on externally controlled clinical trials, but
on outcomes from dentistry performed within the practical world
of private practices linked together into a large network of practitioners.
It is the largest NIH grant ever awarded to any school at New York
University, and we believe that it is the largest grant ever awarded
by the NIDCR.
When the new NIH funding data are released next year, this grant,
coupled with all the other research support that our students and
faculty have generated over the past few years, will move NYUCD
solidly into the top tier of U.S. dental institutions receiving
federal research support.
And there's more good news that affirms "the power of we." In March,
the NYU Board of Trustees formally approved the incorporation of
the NYU Division of Nursing into our College of Dentistry, effective
September 1. I am happy to report that this was done in a manner
that was sensitive to the concerns of our students, faculty, and
alumni, while still allowing NYUCD to continue to innovate in ways
that will surely benefit society.
The dentistry and nursing programs will continue to conduct largely
independent curricula that fully maintain their accreditation status.
Every dentist and every nurse who graduates from our College will
be completely qualified to engage in all of the conventional things
that dentists and nurses do. Going forward, we will explore research,
education, and practice synergies that are highly likely to further
broaden and improve education and training for both nurses and dentists.
Thus, our students will be getting something more from their education,
and they will be able to choose whether or not to use the additional
experience as they proceed into various private practice and institutional
Both of these new alliances reflect NYUCD's conviction that a strategy
of interdisciplinary teamwork and collaboration is essential if
we are to increase healthcare quality and access. In this issue
of Global Health Nexus, you can read about both the new dentistry/nursing
partnership and the PBRN grant, in addition to a range of healthcare
alliances with other partners who also share NYUCD's commitment
to aligning one's own interests with those of the broader community.
Today NYUCD finds itself in perhaps the most exciting and innovative
era in its history. I hope that you will enjoy reading about the
21st century healthcare alliances that NYUCD prospers within and
continues to build, and that you will share the optimism, pride,
and enthusiasm that our students, faculty, and staff feel as NYUCD
continues to evolve into the leadership dental school of
the 21st century.