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ADEAGies Foundation Announces Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Premier Sponsor of William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation, and Achievement

Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013

WASHINGTON--()--The ADEAGies Foundation announced that Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., will return as the premier sponsor of the 2013 William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation, and Achievement in the field of oral health and dental education. The Gies Awards will be presented March 18, 2013, at a highly anticipated celebration to be held in conjunction with the 2013 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, taking place March 16-19, 2013, in Seattle, Washington.

The sponsorship of the 2013 Gies Awards program by Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., is part of the company’s overall support of ADEAGies Foundation initiatives for advancing excellence in dental education in the nation’s dental schools.

“The ADEAGies Foundation is proud to continue our partnership with the Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products division to advance excellence in dental education,” says Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., President of the ADEAGies Foundation and Executive Director of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). “We look forward to a wonderful event where we will honor exceptional vision, innovation, and achievement among leaders in dental education and research.”

The Gies Awards, named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, Ph.D., debuted in 2008 and honor individuals and organizations exemplifying dedication to the highest standards of vision, innovation, and achievement in global oral health and dental education, research, and leadership.

For more information about the 2013 Gies Awards, please visit

About The William J. Gies Foundation: The William J. Gies (pronounced guys) Foundation was established in 1950 by colleagues and admirers of Dr. Gies with seed funds raised by the American College of Dentists. It was a private foundation and the first U.S. foundation to support dental education and scholarship. In 2002, it joined with the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) to form ADEAGies Foundation, a public foundation.

About William J. Gies and the Gies Report: William Gies was a Columbia University biochemistry professor and founder of the College of Dental Medicine at Columbia University where he was interested in dental education, science, and clinical applications. In 1926, as part of a series of studies on U.S. professional education funded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Dr. Gies published a landmark report that established the importance of dentistry as a healing science and an essential component of higher education in the health professions. The Gies Report, Dental Education in the United States and Canada, took five years to research and write. It consists of 250 pages of text and more than 400 pages of appendices, including lengthy descriptions and evaluations of the existing dental schools, each of which Dr. Gies visited. Since the Gies Report, there have been many other reports on dental education in the context of health professions education. However, Dental Education in the United States and Canada remains to this day the most relevant survey of dental education and critical issues within the field.

About ADEA: 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, and CAAPID.

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