Ronald Dubner named 2012 AADR Distinguished Scientist

March 21, 2012

Tampa, Fla., USA - The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) has announced that Ronald Dubner, University of Maryland, Baltimore, is the recipient of the 2012 AADR Distinguished Scientist Award. This award will be presented to Dubner at the 41st AADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Tampa, Florida on March 21, 2012.

Dubner is a professor in the neural and pain sciences department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Dubner is an internationally-regarded pain scientist with a remarkable record of research, teaching and mentoring, service and administrative leadership. With training in dentistry that was augmented with graduate training in neurophysiology, Dubner established the intramural pain program in the Neurobiology & Anesthesiology Branch of the National Institute of Dental Research (now National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research),as one of the pre-eminent interdisciplinary pain research programs in the world. His contributions to the understanding of how the nervous system processes and encodes information about acute and persistent pain are significant.

"AADR is pleased to present Dr. Dubner with the 2012 AADR Distinguished Scientist Award," said AADR President Jeffrey Ebersole. "Dubner's contributions to the understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms of orofacial acute and chronic pain and the ability to translate these findings to improve health care have been tremendous, and he is uniquely qualified for this award."

This award is made to recognize and honor outstanding research of particular significance in any of the fields related to oral science. The award is supported by GlaxoSmithKline and is presented every two years to a distinguished scientist who has contributed outstanding research of particular significance in any of the fields to oral science.
About the American Association for Dental Research

The American Association for Dental Research (AADR), headquartered in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit organization with nearly 4,000 members in the United States. Its mission is: (1) to advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health; (2) to support and represent the oral health research community; and (3) to facilitate the communication and application of research findings. AADR is the largest Division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR).

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