Aims to Enhance Endodontics' Dental School Presence
CHICAGO -- The AAE Foundation announced that it has awarded its first Endowed Faculty Matching Grant to the endodontic department of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
The $100,000 contribution, matched by gifts from generous alumni, will fund the John R. Ludington Jr., D.D.S., M.S.D. Distinguished Professorship in Endodontics. The Ludington Professor will serve as the program’s predoctoral director of endodontics. The department is chaired by Samuel O. Dorn, D.D.S.
“We hope this grant will stimulate fundraising efforts at endodontic departments across the country,” said Foundation President A. Eddy Skidmore. “Our goal is to ensure that every dental student has the opportunity to learn about endodontics from a specialist and that endodontics is a significant presence in dental schools across the country.”
The Endowed Faculty Matching Grant was introduced in 2008. It provides an annual opportunity for endodontic programs to receive up to $100,000 to support an endowed faculty position at their institutions. The intention of the AAE Foundation program is to promote academic excellence and to help ensure that endodontics will be taught by specialists. The grant is also intended to boost the recipient institutions’ fundraising capacity.
The Endowed Faculty Matching Grant is one of a constellation of funding initiatives that include competitive grants for research, support to endodontic educators, and Fellowship awards for endodontic students and clinicians who seek to pursue a career in education.
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The AAE Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Association of Endodontists. Its mission is to advance research and education in the specialty of endodontics. It is the only organization that provides support to every accredited endodontic program in the United States and Canada. The Foundation invests approximately $1 million in the specialty annually.
The American Association of Endodontists, headquartered in Chicago, represents more than 7,000 members worldwide, including approximately 95 percent of all eligible endodontists in the United States. The Association, founded in 1943, is dedicated to excellence in the art and science of endodontics and to the highest standard of patient care.