July 5, 2017
In addition to its other international activities, the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry continues to expand its relationships with partners in China through collaboration, education and cultural exchanges.
In January, Associate Professor Eve Cuny, Adjunct Professor and Dugoni School Foundation board member Dr. Colin Wong ‘65 and alumnus Dr. Elliot Xia IDS '00 traveled to Chengdu in the Sichuan Province of China to meet with the West China School of Stomatology and members of the California Center, an organization that promotes US-China business relations. They discussed possible collaborations including the exchange of students and academic opportunities related to the opening of a new school to train dental technicians and dental hygienists in nearby Ziyang. The group visited the site of the future technical college, which will house a dental hygiene program. It is contained within a larger dental complex that will include manufacturing of dental equipment, distribution, testing and many other dental-related endeavors.
In June, Professor Cuny visited Chengdu again, where she continued discussions with West China School of Stomatology and the Ziyang city authorities regarding collaboration on the potential dental hygiene program. While she was there, California Governor Jerry Brown, in Sichuan to discuss California's continued collaboration with the Sichuan Province, attended a breakfast hosted by the California Center. The organization is deeply involved in the California-Sichuan relationship to promote education, health care, clean energy, environmental stewardship and technology.
On July 10 at the Dugoni School's San Francisco campus, the Governor of Sichuan and former member of the Chinese Ministry of Health, Dr. Li Yin, attended the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and the West China School of Stomatology. Dean Nader A. Nadershahi also signed an MOU with the Tianfu Technical College, where the potential dental hygiene program will be housed, if realized. The dental school hosted a large group of dental industry leaders, Sichuan provincial government officials and West China School of Stomatology leadership for the one-day meeting in San Francisco.
Students and faculty have also recently participated in international exchanges with Chinese counterparts.
Over the summer break, DDS 2018 students Derek Appelblatt, Stefka Bozhinov, Jonny Volland and Jacob Woodward attended an international dental summer camp at the West China School of Stomatology in Chengdu held during the first two weeks of July. They joined other dental students from around the world in a program that fosters understanding and collegiality among students from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.
Also over the summer, the Dugoni School completed an agreement to provide faculty for a special one-week program of lectures to faculty, students and residents as part of Sun-Yat-Sen University School of Stomatology's efforts to foster bilingual education for its faculty, residents and students. The highly successful program was carried out by school faculty members Dr. Gene LaBarre, Dr. Anders Nattestad, Dr. Ray Scott and Dr. Adrian Vogt. The program took place in June in Guangzhou, China.
"Oral health education, research and the growing body of knowledge in the biomedical sciences are highly valued international commodities," said Dean Nadershahi. "These types of international exchange programs and new partnerships help the Dugoni School take a leadership role in advancing the field of oral healthcare worldwide, including throughout the Pacific Rim."