Michael Reddy, DMD, DMSc, became dean of UCSF’s School of Dentistry in June 2018. An internationally renowned periodontics specialist, Dean Reddy joined the school from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he had been on the School of Dentistry faculty since 1989 and served as dean for nearly seven years. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Hartford; he obtained his Doctorate of Dental Medicine and certificate in periodontology from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and a Doctorate of Medical Science at Harvard University. Dean Reddy’s responsibilities include advancing the School of Dentistry’s outstanding professional and graduate-level education and internationally known research programs. He aims to position the school as a leader in responding to the challenges of rising costs in educating students, faculty development and recruitment, and integrating oral health into overall health care.
Preterm Birth and Oral Health
There is an exaggerated inflammatory response to the oral microbiome/infection exhibited in some women during pregnancy. The oral condition maybe a reversible exposure that contributes to an epigenetic risk for preterm birth along with socioeconomic and racial disparities.
Researchers have long been recognizing the uniqueness of women’s health and the substantial effect on clinical practice, acknowledging the increasing appreciation of the importance of multidisciplinary approaches to health and disease. In every organ system, there are diseases that are unique to women, more common in women than in men, or characterized by differences in disease course in women compared with men. This session will include the effect of women’s health on the following topics: