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UCLA School of Dentistry to Receive $2.5 Million to Establish the Nobel Biocare Endowed Chair in Surgical Implant Dentistry

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The UCLA School of Dentistry has received a pledge of$2.5 million from Nobel Biocare, the world leader in innovative esthetic dentalsolutions, for the purpose of establishing the Nobel Biocare Endowed Chair inSurgical Implant Dentistry.

Analternative to dentures, bridges and crowns, surgical dental implants representthe modern way of restoring teeth that most closely mimics a patient's naturaldentition.

"Nobel Biocare recognizes the ongoing efforts of theUCLA School of Dentistry to promote the art and science of implant dentistry," saidHeliane Canepa, president and CEO of Nobel Biocare Holding AG. "Supportingtraining and education programs that provide students and practitioners withaccess to the latest implant technologies is critical to ensuring patients now,and in the future, receive the best solutions for their dental problems. It isour pleasure to make this contribution to UCLA's exceptional program."

"Thisendowment is a very important and exciting development for the section of oral and maxillofacial surgery, the division ofdiagnostic and surgical sciences, and the school as a whole," said Dr. No-HeePark, dean of the UCLA School of Dentistry. "The Nobel Biocare Endowed Chair inSurgical Implant Dentistry is a wonderful way to advance the teaching andresearch activities of a leading scholar while helping to strengthen UCLA'sstanding at the forefront of dental education."

"Manypeople consider dental implants to be the most revolutionary aspect of thepractice of dentistry in the past two decades," said Dr. Earl Freymiller, chairof the section of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the UCLA Schoolof Dentistry. "We are still discovering ways that patients can benefit fromthem, ways to improve implants and methods for enhancing the bone and softtissue in which they reside. This endowed chair will attract a world leader toUCLA who will position us on the cutting edge of this burgeoning field."

Theoccupant of the endowed chair will be a worldwide leader in implant dentistryeducation and research, deeply involved in the training of undergraduate andgraduate students, faculty members and practitioners both nationally andinternationally. Dean Park iscurrently forming a committee to conduct an international search to fill theposition, which becomes effective July 1, 2007.

The NobelBiocare Endowed Chair in Surgical Implant Dentistry is part of UCLA's EnsuringAcademic Excellence Initiative, a five-year effort aimed at generating$250 million in private commitments specifically for the recruitment andretention of the very best faculty and graduate students. The initiative waslaunched in June 2004. Its goals include $100 million to fund 100 newendowed chairs for faculty across campus, $100 million to fund fellowshipsand scholarships in the UCLA College, and$50 million for fellowships and scholarships in UCLA's 11 professionalschools.

To date, $170million in total has been raised for the initiative, with $1.75 million raisedyear-to-date, not including the new Nobel Biocare Endowed Chair.

"Weare extremely grateful for Nobel Biocare's generous support, which will benefitthe UCLA School of Dentistry's students, faculty and patients for manygenerations to come," said Thomas Mitchell, assistant dean and director ofdevelopment at the UCLA School of Dentistry.

The UCLA Schoolof Dentistry is dedicated to improving the oral health of the people of California, the nationand the world and has established an international reputation for its teaching,research, patient care and public service initiatives. The school provideseducation and training programs that develop leaders in dental education,research, the profession and the community; conducts research programs thatgenerate new knowledge, promote oral health and investigate the cause,prevention, diagnosis and treatmentof oral disease, and delivers patient‑centered oral health care to thecommunity and state. For more information, visit http://uclasod.dent.ucla.edu.

California's largest university, UCLA enrollsapproximately 38,000 students per year and offers degrees from the UCLA Collegeof Letters and Science and 11 professional schools in dozens of varieddisciplines. UCLA consistently ranks among the top five universities and collegesnationwide in total research-and-development spending, receiving more than $820million a year in competitively awarded federal and state grants and contracts.For every $1 state taxpayers invest in UCLA, the university generates almost $9in economic activity, resulting in an annual $6 billion economic impact on theGreater Los Angeles region. The university's health care network treats 450,000patients per year. UCLA employs more than 27,000 faculty and staff, has morethan 350,000 living alumni and has been home to five Nobel Prize recipients.

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