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Dental Students and Faculty Walk the Golden Gate Bridge in Support of Juvenile Diabetes Cure

Dental student and faculty participants at the 2011 Walk to Cure Diabetes.

November  03, 2011

Dental students and faculty from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and UCSF School of Dentistry recently joined together to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge in support of juvenile diabetes research. On the morning of Oct. 30, over 40 participants from the two schools took part in the 2011 Walk to Cure Diabetes, an annual event hosted by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The team collectively raised over $2,300 which will go toward finding a cure for juvenile diabetes.

Participation in the walk was coordinated by students involved in the American Student Dental Association (ASDA), and was spearheaded by Class of 2013 students Laura Brandson and Kristen Hann. Brandson, the team captain, organized the group and walked in honor of her father, who passed away last summer.

Hann is this year's ASDA Northern California Community Outreach Coordinator, a role in which she is responsible for creating opportunities for students from both the Dugoni School and UCSF to join together and take part in community service events. This is the second event the two dental schools have jointly participated in this academic year, the first being a shoreline cleanup in August.

Inspired by the enthusiasm of the ADSA students-and Brandson's story in particular-was Dugoni School of Dentistry faculty member Dr. Robert Ho, who participated in the walk with his family and helped the team reach its financial goal by raising nearly $1,400 for the cause.

"I am glad that I was able to contribute to the betterment of the Pacific family and the students," said Ho. "I really enjoyed spending quality time with our ASDA members during the walk."

"We had a great time participating in this year's Walk to Cure Diabetes," added Brandson. "The walk was a perfect opportunity to get to know some of the UCSF dental students, support a good cause and enjoy a sunny day in San Francisco."

There will be additional collaborative ASDA community outreach events planned for 2012. ASDA is a national student-run organization whose mission is to protect and advance the rights, interests and welfare of students pursuing careers in dentistry. More than 87% of all dental students nationwide join the association. At the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, 100% of DDS and IDS students are members of ASDA. For more information, visit

To learn more about the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, visit:

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