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Dr. Rajesh Lalla Named ADEA/AADR/Colgate-Palmolive Co./Dr. Dominick P. DePaola Scholar in the ADEA Leadership Institute
[March 17, 2014]

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

SAN ANTONIO --(Business Wire)--

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 on March 17 at 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 fellowship."

"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 canddiasis (thrush). His research has been funded by the federal government through the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, the Donaghue Foundation and industry.

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

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 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, visit

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 at To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit

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 at

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