Honored researcher to speak at Brauman-Bell Alpha Omega Lectureship

July 20, 2007

(DALLAS) — The annual Brauman-Bell Alpha Omega Lectureship will be presented by the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry, with the Dallas County Dental Society, on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Dr. Ivar Andreas Mjör, professor of operative dentistry and Academy 100 eminent scholar at the University of Florida College of Dentistry in Gainesville and past president of the International Association of Dental Research, will be the invited speaker at the lectureship on the sixth floor of the dental college.

The lecture is free and open to faculty, staff, students and alumni, as well as the general public. Attendees are invited to an hors d’oeuvre reception at 5:30 p.m. before the one-hour lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. An hour of continuing education credit is provided free. Spots may be reserved through Oct. 10 by contacting Lori Dees in the HSC-BCD communications and development office at (214) 828-8471 or ldees@dentistry.tamhsc.edu

An internationally respected dental educator and researcher, Dr. Mjör will present “Practice Based Dental Research – A Real Clinical Approach.”

Dr. Mjör began his career as a dental officer in the Royal Norwegian Army before transitioning into academic dentistry. He has held faculty positions at a number of dental and research institutions in the United States and Europe and published numerous research articles and textbooks. He has received many accolades throughout his career, including the European Federation of Conservative Dentistry’s prestigious Award of Excellence in recognition of his outstanding contributions to restorative dentistry in Europe.

Name for distinguished HSC-BCD alumni Dr. Alfred W. Brauman, a 1938 graduate, and Dr. Welden E. Bell, a 1934 graduate, the Brauman-Bell Alpha Omega Lectureship is organized through the college’s Faculty Development Committee and the Office of Communications and Development, as well as the Dallas alumni chapter of Alpha Omega International Fraternity. It exists to annually invite a nationally distinguished individual in the area of oral health; medicine as it relates to oral health; dental and craniofacial research; and/or oral health education to address faculty, students, staff, alumni, practicing dental professionals, medical professionals, community members and guests.

Dr. Brauman was instrumental in establishing the Dallas Chapter of Alpha Omega fraternity while in dental school. A practicing dentist in Dallas for more than 50 years and a commercial real estate developer, he was an active community volunteer and philanthropist until his death in 1996.

Dr. Bell was a faculty member in oral and maxillofacial surgery and a continuing education lecturer until his death in 1990. He also was a visiting lecturer to 24 dental schools throughout the United States and Canada and the author of nine textbooks on orofacial pain and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

Drs. Bell and Brauman maintained a friendship for 52 years.

Founded in 1905, Baylor College of Dentistry at Dallas is a component of the Texas A&M Health Science Center. HSC-BCD is a nationally recognized center for oral health sciences education, research, specialized patient care and continuing dental education.

The Texas A&M Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research. Its six components located in communities throughout Texas are Baylor College of Dentistry, the College of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology, the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, and the School of Rural Public Health.

— LaDawn Brock