LSU opening a new dental clinic Tuesday

The LSU Health New Orleans leadership will celebrate the grand opening of the LSU Health Dental & Primary Care Clinic on Tuesday.

Faculty, students, staff and elected officials have been invited to launch the clinic at 1100 Florida Ave. at 1 p.m.

The clinic is the only one of its kind in the region, according to school officials. Patients can receive care from both nurse practitioners and dental professionals at the same location.

It’s funded by a federal grant to the LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing to bring primary care services to underserved areas. The clinic also provides a site where LSU Health New Orleans nursing, dental hygiene and dental students and residents will work as an integrated health care team.

UNO to work with Caribbean university

The University of New Orleans has entered into an agreement to collaborate with the Université des Antilles in Martinique and Guadeloupe, a 6,000-student university in the Caribbean.

UNO will partner with UA’s College of Education.

Leaders from UA visited UNO’s campus recently for a signing ceremony that included UNO administrators, faculty and staff, as well as Gregor Trumel, the consul general of France in New Orleans.

As part of the five-year agreement, UNO and UA will arrange exchanges of faculty, students and research as well as organize and perform joint research projects, academic seminars and guest lectures.

In September, UNO faculty members Richard Speaker, chairman of curriculum and instruction, and Juliana Starr, chairwoman of foreign languages, visited UA as part of a Louisiana delegation that was exploring opportunities to collaborate.

UA is one of two French-speaking universities in the Caribbean.

The agreement will provide opportunities for UNO students to study at UA in order to improve their French communication skills and engage in a cultural exchange with UA students and faculty members, Speaker said.

Those students may also benefit from paid fellowships offered by the French government.

LSU dental school dean gets gold medal

Henry A. Gremillion, a professor and dean of the LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry, was selected as the recipient of the 2015 Pierre Fauchard Academy Gold Medal Award.

The award is presented annually to a dentist in the United States who has made outstanding contributions to the progress and standing of the dental profession.

The Awards Committee noted Gremillion’s dedication to the dental profession, his peers and his community as an educator, author, clinician, leader, researcher and consultant.

Founded in 1936, the Pierre Fauchard Academy has 8,000 fellows worldwide. Its mission is to recognize and grow leaders in the dental profession, their communities and society.

Gremillion is a 1977 graduate of the LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry.

He came back to LSU from the University of Florida College of Dentistry, where he was an endowed professor in the department of orthodontics. He also served for 17 years as the director of the UFCD Parker E. Mahan Facial Pain Center.

He began his professional career practicing general dentistry in Cottonport, Louisiana, from 1977 to 1989. In 2000, he received the LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry Alumnus of the Year award.

In 2009, the Academy of General Dentistry honored him with the Thaddeus V. Weclew award for his “exceptional contributions to the art and science of dentistry and for promoting the principles and ideals of the academy.”

He has authored or co-authored 85 scientific articles, abstracts and textbook chapters.