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Record-setting dentistry gift
Posted Wednesday, September 28, 2011 9:56 AM
A record-setting support of an alumnus will enable the launch of a unique dental implant program targeting underserved populations.

Gerald Niznick [DMD/66] has donated $500,000 to the Faculty of Dentistry to develop and launch a novel denture program that will demonstrate how modern, standardized and affordable dental implant procedures can be part of conventional dental therapy available to all. It is the largest gift ever received by the faculty at the U of M.

“At the same time, an important state-of-the-art educational curriculum component will be created at Canadian dental schools with the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba establishing a leadership role in managing this unique program,” said Anthony Iacopino, dean of Dentistry. “This would not be possible without the support of Dr. Niznick who has contributed generously to dental education and research of implant dentistry on a global basis, and will now provide a direct benefit for our local community.”

This three-year commitment, initially targeting First Nations populations, will see each participating dental school recruit an Implant Fellow to assist with the teaching, research, and service components of the program. Dental students and practicing professionals will be taught how to use these systems for denture patients both in preclinical and patient care settings.

“This program will be the first of its kind nationally or internationally and will provide an international leadership position for the Faculty of Dentistry in the area of implant dentistry,” Iacopino said. “Our graduating students will be among the best prepared graduates for patient care in this increasingly important area of dental practice.”
For more information, contact:
Grant Warren