New body to boost Dental School
A new professional networking and fundraising arm for dentistry has been established through a partnership involving the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Dental School, University Engagement and South Australia's dental profession.
The Dental Research and Education Fund (DREF) replaces the former SA Foundation for Dental Education and Research (SAFDER).
Over the past 21 years, SAFDER has raised more than $4 million for the Dental School through donations from dentists, dental supply industry groups and the South Australian Government.
Earlier this year, DREF members were given a glimpse of the future of dental education when Federal MP Kate Ellis opened the University's new $6-million Dental Simulation Clinic.
The group reconvened in Hub Central to hear Professors Justin Beilby (Executive Dean, Health Sciences) and Johann de Vries (Dean of Dentistry) celebrate the past achievements of SAFDER and to welcome the new DREF.
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Federal MP Kate Ellis talks to a student at the opening of the Dental Simulation Clinic