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Annual Research Days Distinguished Scientist

April 15, 2011
1:00 PM
Nagle Lecture Hall

Jane A. Weintraub, DDS, MPH

  • Lee Hysan Professor and Chair, Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health
  • Director, UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry

Dr. Jane A. Weintraub is the first recipient and current incumbent of the Lee Hysan Chair in Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health, the first endowed chair at the UCSF School of Dentistry. She serves as Chair, Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences. She has been the Principal Investigator and Director of the NIH-funded UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health since 2001. The initial seven-year budget for this Center was about $11 million. The aims of this multi-disciplinary Center are to understand, prevent and reduce oral health disparities, with a special focus on preventing early childhood caries, a condition that disproportionately affects young children from disadvantaged backgrounds, often at around age one soon after their teeth erupt, and is difficult and expensive to treat. Under Dr. Weintraub's leadership, the successful competitive renewal of this Center for another seven years was awarded by the NIH, totaling more than $24 million. She has been continuously funded by NIDCR for more than 20 years.

Dr. Weintraub's research has focused on the epidemiology of oral conditions and caries prevention-oriented randomized clinical trials. Her patient and population-based research, with applications to dental patients or the larger community, spans the continuum of epidemiology, clinical research, health disparities research and health policy. At UCSF, Dr. Weintraub directed the landmark NIH-funded randomized clinical trial that demonstrated the efficacy of fluoride varnish and parental oral health counseling in preventing early childhood caries. The favorable results provide the evidence-base for the use of fluoride varnish for this purpose.

She received her dental degree from SUNY Stony Brook, and her public health and dental public health training at Harvard University. In 1998 she completed a USPHS Primary Care Policy Fellowship. She was on the faculty at Harvard University, the University of Michigan and the University of North Carolina prior to coming to UCSF in 1995. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health and Past President of both the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and the Behavioral Sciences and Health Services Research Group of the International Association of Dental Research. She was one of the scientific editors and contributing authors for the first Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health. In 2009 she received the IADR H. Trendley Dean Distinguished Scientist Award for her meritorious work in oral epidemiology and dental public Health. She just received the 2010 American Dental Association's Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research.

2010 ADA Norton Ross Award recipient