ADEA, AADR and Colgate-Palmolive Company Establish Scholarship to Pay Tribute to the Late Dr. Dominick “Dom” DePaola

  ADEA, AADR and Colgate-Palmolive Company Establish Scholarship to Pay
  Tribute to the Late Dr. Dominick “Dom” DePaola

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WASHINGTON -- October 8, 2013

With a generous commitment from the Colgate-Palmolive Company, the American
Dental Education Association (ADEA), in collaboration with the American
Association for Dental Research (AADR), has established the
ADEA/AADR/Colgate-Palmolive Co./Dr. Dominick P. DePaola Scholar in the ADEA
Leadership Institute. The scholarship is in memory of Dominick DePaola,
D.D.S., Ph.D., a leader in dental education, research, patient care, and
academic administration for nearly four decades.

“Dom was a warm, inspiring leader who lives on through the countless lives he
touched during his decades of service to academic dentistry and patient care,”
says ADEA President and CEO, Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H. “We are
proud to honor his commitment to academic dentistry with this scholarship to
help develop future academic leaders.”

The award provides the opportunity for an academic dental institution faculty
member who has shown potential for leadership to participate in the ADEA
Leadership Institute. The scholar receives an award of $15,000 to participate
in the year-long program, with the goal to prepare for a leadership position
in an academic dental institution.

“Colgate-Palmolive Co. is committed to the dental education community and its
future leaders,” says Fotinos S. Panagakos, D.M.D., Ph.D., Global Director,
Scientific Affairs at Colgate-Palmolive Co. “We are pleased to support this
important scholarship in the name of such an influential leader.”

Dr. DePaola received his dental degree from the New York University College of
Dental Medicine, followed by a Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry and
metabolism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During his career
in academic dentistry, he served as dean of four dental schools: Nova
Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, University of Texas Health
Science Center at San Antonio, the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New
Jersey, and the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. DePaola
was the first to serve as president of both ADEA and the American Association
of Dental Research (AADR). He also served as president and CEO of the Forsyth
Institute, an independent research organization. In 2005, Dr. DePaola received
ADEA’s Distinguished Service Award, and in 2009 he received the ADEAGies
Foundation Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Oral Health and
Education. Throughout his career, Dr. DePaola published over 80 scientific
articles and textbook chapters, edited two books and gave over 1,000 lectures
in the U.S. and internationally.

“We are delighted to be able to honor our friend and colleague, Dom DePaola.
His passion for dental research and scholarship as the foundation for dental
education and our profession will continue to inspire future generations of
dental leaders,” says Peter Polverini, D.D.S., D.M.Sc., AADR President and
Professor and Dean Emeritus, University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

About the American Dental Education Association

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is the voice of dental
education. Its members include all U.S. and Canadian dental schools and many
allied and advanced dental education programs, corporations, faculty and
students. The mission of ADEA is to lead individuals and institutions of the
dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing
education, research and the delivery of oral health care for the health of the
public. ADEA’s activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy,
faculty development, meetings and communications, like the esteemed Journal of
Dental Education, as well as the dental school admissions services AADSAS,
PASS, DHCAS and CAAPID. For more information about ADEA, visit

About the American Association for Dental Research

The American Association for Dental Research (AADR), headquartered in
Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit organization with more than 3,500 members in
the United States. Its mission is: (1) to advance research and increase
knowledge for the improvement of oral health; (2) to support and represent the
oral health research community; and (3) to facilitate the communication and
application of research findings. AADR is the largest Division of the
International Association for Dental Research. To learn more about the AADR,

About Colgate-Palmolive Company

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly
focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition.
Colgate-Palmolive sells its products in over 200 countries and territories
around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate,
Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, Elmex,
Tom's of Maine, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science
Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet. For more information about
Colgate-Palmolive's global business, visit the Company's web site at To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®
oral health education program, please visit

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