universities and industry also serve the public by keeping subpar products from reaching consumers.
“You need to be able to tell your in- dustry sponsors some things they don’t want to hear,” Meyer said. “Perhaps their new best idea isn’t turning out so well. You need to be able to say that. There are different kinds of sponsors. Some will be very unhappy and may just finish it there. But other sponsors, and the majority of sponsors, will say, Why is that happening? Why isn’t this work- ing the way we thought it would?”
Students trained in an environment where faculty conduct research for in- dustry will have better critical thinking skills when they become dentists and start purchasing products for dental practices, Meyer said.
“Instead of just taking the Dear Doctor speech, hook, line and sinker, they can ask more probing questions— What happened in the clinical trial? An educated customer is a better custom- er,” she said.
Patel is a perfect example. Work- ing with Peter Bush, she discovered that a Chinese sample of the German manufacturer’s brand-name composite resin was indeed an imitation, contain- ing silicon but missing the aluminum and barium that the genuine product included. One of two Indian samples was also bogus.
Patel, who had practiced dentistry in India, had often wondered why some brand-name dental products were available at a wide range of prices in her home country. Her research provides an unsettling answer.
“It’s a red flag for everybody in- volved in dentistry who is purchasing the dental material, for the distributors and the dentists who are buying from them,” she said. “Everybody is tempted to buy the cheaper material, but you always have to find out why that is cheaper—it could be fake.”
Building the SDM Making the Difference
leo Pfeiffer may have spent a short time at the School of Dental Medicine, but it made a lasting impression on his life.
So much so, that Pfeiffer, 92, a rochester, N.y., orthodontist, estab- lished a planned gift that will benefit not only him and his daughter- in-law, but the school as well.
After earning his DDS from Case Western in 1943 and serving as a Navy dentist in the Pacific theater during World War ii, Pfeiffer earned his orthodontics residency certificate at UB in 1958. Although he was well into his career, he says that he was ready to move on to something new, and fellow dentists encouraged him to return to school. While in the postgraduate certificate program, he studied under John J. Cunat, now professor emeritus of orthodontics.
Pfeiffer fondly recalls the old days of ortho, when dentists used to make everything themselves. “i loved the work,” he says. He still keeps the dental chair and much of his equipment from his practice in his basement.
in recognition of his training at UB, Pfeiffer established a charitable remainder unitrust (Crt), a gift plan defined by federal tax law that allows donors to generate income for themselves and/or others while making a charitable gift. “i appreciate my UB education, and thought this was the best way to help,” he says.
through the Crt, Pfeiffer receives a fixed percentage of the princi- pal of the trust annually for life. After he passes, his daughter-in- law will receive the same percentage. After she passes, the balance will be used to support the endeavors of the dental school.
Crts are a great way to supplement income for retirement and for a loved one while leaving a lasting legacy to UB. typically a Crt gen- erates additional annual income for the donor and others; offsets income taxes; and provides other financial benefits and tax savings by minimizing capital gains, estate taxes and probate costs.
help build the feagans professorship endowment
in 2008, the UB Dental Alumni Association and the Class of 1961 established the William M. Feagans Endowed Professorship. Funds from the endow- ment are used by the dean to recruit and retain outstanding faculty for the betterment of the school. Several friends and family have already made additional donations to the endowment in memory of Dean Feagans. if you would like to make a memorial gift to the William M. Feagans Endowed Professorship, you can visit us online at http://www.sdm.buffalo.edu/ and click the “make a gift to SDM” link. Please specify the name of the endowment in the in- structions box or on your gift check, which can be mailed to School of Dental Medicine, 332 Squire Hall, Buffalo Ny 14214-8006.
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