Dr. Rajesh Lalla Named ADEA/AADR/Colgate-Palmolive Co./Dr. Dominick P. DePaola Scholar in the ADEA Leadership Institute

  Dr. Rajesh Lalla Named ADEA/AADR/Colgate-Palmolive Co./Dr. Dominick P.
  DePaola Scholar in the ADEA Leadership Institute

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SAN ANTONIO -- March 17, 2014

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) has named Rajesh Lalla,
D.D.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor of the University of Connecticut School of
Dental Medicine, the first ADEA/AADR/Colgate-Palmolive Co./Dr. Dominick P.
DePaola Scholar in the ADEA Leadership Institute. 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.
ADEA presented Dr. Lalla the award onMarch 17at the 2014 ADEA Annual Session
& Exhibition in San Antonio, TX.

"Dr. Lalla is an outstanding clinical researcher, scholar and faculty member,
and he has demonstrated his strong capacity for leadership through his
participation in several important institutional committees at his dental
school,” says Stephen K. Young, D.D.S., M.S., Chair of the ADEA Board of
Directors. “ADEA is pleased to support Dr. Lalla as he strives to further
develop his leadership skills by participating in the ADEA Leadership
Institute, and we are grateful to the Colgate-Palmolive Company and the
American Association for Dental Research for their support of this

"As the global oral care leader, Colgate continues to place emphasis on
helping to expand access to educational opportunities for dental
professionals," says Dr. Fotinos S. Panagakos, Global Director, Scientific
Affairs of the Colgate-Palmolive Company. "We are proud to co-sponsor this
year's Dr. Dominick P. DePaola Scholar award by recognizing Dr. Rajesh Lalla
for his notable accomplishments to the dental community. With more than 20
years of dedication to the dental profession, Dr. Lalla is widely known and
well-respected for his visionary leadership efforts and for improving dental
education through his extensive research efforts."

"The American Association for Dental Research is pleased to be a part of the
DePaola Scholarship," says AADR President Peter Polverini. "Dr. Lalla’s many
impressive accomplishments in research and the clinic, including developing a
new course on Evidence-Based Decision Making for Dental Students, make him
well-suited to the inaugural recipient of the DePaola Scholarship.”

The fellowship is in memory of Dominick DePaola, D.D.S., Ph.D., who for nearly
four decades was a leader in dental education, research, patient care and
academic administration. 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.

Dr. Lalla is a clinician-scholar who conducts clinical research on a variety
of oral mucosal disorders, including mucositis secondary to cancer treatment,
recurrent aphthous stomatitis (canker sores) and oral candidiasis (thrush).
His research has been funded by the federal government through the National
Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, the Donaghue Foundation and

In addition to research, Dr. Lalla is involved in clinical and classroom
teaching of dental students. He serves on several institutional committees,
including the Institutional Review Board, which oversees conduct of clinical
research, the Scientific Advisory Committee of the General Clinical Research
Center and the Strategic Planning Committee of the University of Connecticut
School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Lalla is also active in various professional
organizations. He serves as the Chair of the Mucositis Study Group of the
Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer and the International
Society for Oral Oncology.

About the American Dental Education Association

TheAmerican 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 ADEA
AADSAS, ADEA PASS, ADEA DHCAS and ADEA CAAPID. For more information, visit

About the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

The ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition is the premier professional development
and networking event in academic dentistry, featuring four days of dynamic
plenary sessions and workshops, and an exhibit hall show casing academic
dentistry’s leading partners and suppliers. For more information,

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 more than 200 countries and
territories worldwide under internationally recognized brand names: 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
atwww.Colgate.com. To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®
oral health education program, please visit www.ColgateBSBF.com.

About the American Association for Dental Research (AADR)

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


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