Ren receives IADR Young Investigator Award

March 21, 2007

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR), convening here today at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for its 85th General Session, has presented the 2007 Young Investigator Award to Dr. YiJin Ren, University Medical Center, Groningen, the Netherlands.

Dr. Ren is being recognized based on her outstanding achievements as a researcher in orthodontics. She has received an award from the Dutch Orthodontic Society for the best orthodontic publication over a five-year period, and a research grant from the European Orthodontic Society to investigate "The effects of age and force magnitudes on cytokine profiles in crevicular fluid during orthodontic tooth movement". Recently, she received the 'Outstanding Young Scientist Award' from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. The award was given to her to conduct an investigation into "The mechanism of tooth movement".

Dr. Ren has more than 40 publications and abstracts to her credit and has been an invited contributor to several international congresses, recently serving as a keynote speaker at the European Orthodontic Society Congress in Vienna. She is also a reviewer for several international journals, including the European Journal of Orthodontics, The Angle Orthodontist, Archives of Oral Biology, and the European Journal of Oral Science. She has made remarkable progress in the last five years and has now built a research group within the Department of Orthodontics and is supervising her own PhD students. She is a dedicated teacher and diligent academic, with orthodontic qualifications that help build a bridge between her research and clinical practice. She graduated in Dentistry from Wuhan University, China (1996), and in Orthodontics from Peking University (Cum Laude, 1999), and her PhD (2003) degree work was carried out at the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

The IADR Young Investigator Award, supported by Crest Oral-B, P&G Professional Oral Health, is designed to stimulate basic research in all dental disciplines. To be eligible for the award, the recipient must not have reached his/her 36th birthday at the time the award is presented. The award consists of a cash prize and plaque.

Dr. Ren receives her award during the Opening Ceremonies of the IADR's 85th General Session. One of the Distinguished Scientist Awards conferred annually by the IADR, the award represents the highest honor the IADR can bestow.

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