International association for dental research presents awards and fellowships

March 24, 2009

As part of the Opening Ceremonies of its 87th General Session & Exhibition, convening today at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) will present numerous prestigious awards and fellowships. Details follow:The three most recent living IADR Past Presidents may select an Honorary Member who has made significant contributions to and/or supports dental research. This year, Honorary Membership is bestowed on Anthony Fauci, MD, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1984, Dr. Fauci became Director of NIAID, where he oversees an extensive research portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, influenza, tuberculosis, malaria and illness from potential agents of bioterrorism. Dr. Fauci serves as an advisor to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services on global AIDS issues, and on initiatives to improve medical and public health preparedness against emerging infectious disease threats.The IADR Board of Directors established this prestigious award to recognize a member who has not served as an IADR Officer, but who has performed outstanding service to the Association or distinguished service over a period of time. This year's winner is Fujio Miura from the Japanese Division. Dr. Miura, Professor Emeritus at Tokyo Medical & Dental University, is being honored for his contribution to the establishment and increased growth of the Japanese Division of the IADR. This is the 12th year that the award, sponsored by J. Morita USA, Inc., has been presented.These awards, for the best papers published in the Journal of Dental Research, are presented in three categories: Biological, Biomaterials & Bioengineering, and Clinical. The award is named for William J. Gies, the founder of the Journal of Dental Research. Nominations may be made by any person, and the papers to be chosen must describe work which has very significantly advanced knowledge in some aspect of dental research. Papers eligible for consideration are those published during the 12-month period (July-June) immediately preceding the IADR General Session. The award consists of a cash prize of $1,000 and a plaque. The Gies Award is open to anyone who publishes in the Journal of Dental Research, the official publication of the IADR/AADR. The awards are sponsored by J. Morita USA, Inc.

The award in the Biological Research category is presented to E. Scheller, J. Chang, and C. Wang for the paper "Wnt/β-catenin Inhibits Dental Pulp Stem Cell Differentiation" J Dent Res 87: 126-130, February, 2008

The award in the Biomaterials & Bioengineering Research category is presented to S. Paris, H. Meyer-Lueckel, and A.M. Kielbassa for the paper "Resin Infiltration of Natural Caries Lesions" J Dent Res 86: 662-666, July, 2007

The award in the Clinical Research category is presented to Anne E. Sanders, Gary D. Slade, G. Turrell, A.J. Spencer, and W. Marcenes for the paper "Does Psychological Stress Mediate Social Deprivation in Tooth Loss?" J Dent Res 86:1166-1170, December, 2007.This recognition is presented annually for the previous year's JDR cover image that enhances the impact of the article, and is both scientifically novel and aesthetically pleasing. The "Cover of the Year, 2008" award is presented to: C. E. Semino for the paper "Self-assembling Peptides: From Bio-inspired Materials to Bone Regeneration,"J Dent Res 87(7): 600-616, 2008. This is the fourth year of the award.Presented to Lars Petersson (Halmstad Hospital, Sweden), this award recognizes and stimulates research in oral health prevention for children, with a priority for caries prevention using fluoride in different formats. This is the 18th year of the E.W. Borrow Memorial Award, which consists of a plaque and a cash prize of $2,000.Presented to Andreas Niklas (University of Regensburg Medical School, Germany; Continental European Division), this Fellowship is awarded annually to a dental student in one IADR Division, the honor rotating alphabetically through the Divisions. The Fellowship is supported by the proceeds of an endowment created by the late Mrs. Nancy M. Scott in honor of her husband, David B. Scott, a Past President of the IADR. The Fellowship consists of a cash prize of $2500.This award, generously sponsored by the Lion Corporation, is intended to support improvements in oral health sciences through the stimulation of junior investigators by: (1) recognition of outstanding and innovative research in basic dental science for the improvement of public dental health; and (2) recognition of applied research achievements for the improvement and development of oral care products for the prevention of oral diseases. The cash prize is $2,000 each, and the 2009 award-winners are: (representing the Cariology Research Group), Sebastian Paris (University of Kiel, Germany); and (representing the Microbiology/Immunology Research Group), Ranawaka Perera (University of Hong Kong).The IADR/Toshio Nakao Fellowship is a bi-annual fellowship in the amount of up to $15,000 and is supported by the GC Corporation. The winner is Mirela Shinohara from the State University of Amazon in Brazil.These travel awards were established, and generously sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive, to support students and young investigators doing research in the area of oral disease prevention. The award is given this year to six individuals, with a cash prize of $2,000 each. This year's recipients are: Anastasia Papapostolou (Ohio State University, Columbus, USA), Juliano Pessan (São Paulo State University, Brazil), Yoav Neumann (Hebrew University, Israel), Linda Okoye (University of Nigeria), Daniel Moreinos (Hebrew University, Israel), and Ranawaka Perera (University of Hong Kong).These awards were established to encourage outstanding young dental scientists to carry out research, attend the annual IADR General Session, and compete in the IADR/Unilever Hatton Competition and Awards. The Awards are generously sponsored by Unilever. In 2009, 42 persons from 19 Divisions and one non-Divisional Section received funding for travel to this year's meeting in Miami: (American) six competitors (to be announced in Miami); (Argentine) Andrea Muiño; (Australian/New Zealand) Marina Mohd Bakri and Lye Kuan Ng; (Brazilian) Tatiana Libório and Andreza Aranha; (British) Sushmita Roy, Wasim Hakim, and Sutipalin Suwannakul; (Canadian) Elham Emami and Marco Magalhães; (Chilean) Jaime Diaz and Juan Pablo Contreras; (Chinese) Chang Lui and Junhua Wu; (Continental European) Nora Heng; (East & Southern Africa) Faith Kimani; (Irish) Simon Killough and

Emma McGinley; (Israeli) Evgeny Weinberg and Adel Jabbour; (Japanese) Nobumichi Furuta, Naomi Izutani, Reika Komori, Yuki Kojima, and Yuko Takahashi; (Korean) Gehoon Chung and Jeong Hee Hong; (Kuwaiti) Ibrahim Haron; (Scandinavian) Marit Øilo and Dorita Preza; (South African) Ajay Morar and Hanneli Zondagh; (Southeast Asian) Kok Chu Fung and C. Jayampath Seneviratne; (Venezuela) Mariela Fox; and (Indian Section) Bhojraj Nandlal.The IADR/Unilever Hatton Awards Competition is designed to provide an opportunity for the best junior investigators from all IADR Divisions to present their research at the annual IADR General Session. Of these international competitors, up to six may receive cash prizes (first place award of $1,600 and $800 for second place) and trophy awards in the junior and senior categories. Winners will be announced on site and publicized at after the meeting.The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) received a Bloc Travel Grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to support travel for U.S. dental students and NIDCR-supported trainees to present their research at the IADR General Session in Miami. This year, the AADR was able to award grants to 50 individuals in the amount of $1,000 each:

Kaitrin Baloue University of Illinois - Chicago
Nicole Barkhordar University of California, San Francisco
Brian Bolerjack University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry
Ivilynn Bui University of California, San Francisco
Byron Earl Capps University of North Carolina
Weston Carpiaux University of Southern California
Bryan Chai University of Maryland Dental School
Gyusik Cho New York University
Diana Choi University of Iowa
Deborah Dietrich University of Iowa
Matthew Drescher University of Iowa
Rachel Dulebohn Medical College of Georgia
Jeremy Alan Horst University of Washington
Craig Huber University of Iowa
Yee Ping Hung University of Southern California
Caroline Jermanus University of Florida
Monik Jimenez Harvard School of Public Health
Colin Kong University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
Anna Kreymer University of California, Los Angeles
Ejvis Lamani University of Alabama at Birmingham
Jonathan Markham University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry
William McBride University of Iowa
Genavieve McGivern University of Missouri -Kansas City
Gregory C. Millar University of Texas - San Antonio / Health Science Ctr
Melissa Moutray University of Nebraska
Alexander Nee University of California - San Francisco
Katelyn Niu University of Maryland Dental School
Lindsey C. Pingel University of Iowa
Lilliam Marie Pinzon University of California, San Francisco
Luke Powell University of Alabama
Phuong N. Quang University of California, San Francisco
Lauren Rennick University of North Carolina
Kirsten Rittenbach University of California, San Francisco
Brian Robertson University of Maryland at Baltimore
Nikita Ruparel University of Texas - San Antonio / Health Science Ctr
Deema Saad University of California, Los Angeles
Namita Sakhuja University of Nebraska
Renee Schulte University of Florida
Sara Simpkins McLin University of Texas - San Antonio / Health Science Ctr
Grant Snider University of Missouri-Kansas City
Christian Solem Harvard University
Katherine Stidham University of Alabama
Christina Tran University of California, San Francisco
Anna Turabelidze University of Illinois - Chicago
Chi Tonglien Viet University of California, San Francisco
Mateusz S. Wietecha University of Illinois - Chicago
Mary E. Wilson University of Alabama at Birmingham
Desiree Yazdanshenas University of Southern California
Leanne Zahid University of Alabama
Xueming Zhang University of AlabamaThe three most recent living Past Presidents of the AADR may elect an honorary member. This person is not a member of the Association but has made significant contributions to and/or supports dental research. This year's honorary member, selected unanimously, is The Honorable Mike Simpson, Congressman, Second Congressional District, Idaho. Congressman Simpson, who began his career as a dentist, advocated for dental research and increased NIH funding. He has become an important and visible Congressional ally for AADR advocacy efforts. Congressman Simpson is currently serving his fifth term in the House of Representatives.The 2009 award is presented to Roseann Mulligan, from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA. This award honors individuals who have given exemplary service in the area of public affairs by consistently promoting the interests and activities of oral health research to a wide constituency. The award is supported by the AADR and consists of a plaque. Previous recipients of the Award are Jack W. Hein (1996), Gertrude Quigley (1997), Christopher Squier (1998), Jay Gershen (1999), Anthony Picozzi (2000), John Crawford (2001), Michael Barnett (2002), Judith Sherman (2003), Michael Alfano (2004), Linda Niessen (2005), Robert (Skip) Collins (2006), Dushanka Kleinman (2007), and Joan Steen Wilentz (2008).The AADR William B. Clark Fellowship winner this year is Maria Geisinger from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. This Fellowship, supported by Crest Oral-B, P&G Professional Oral Health, is given in memory of William B. Clark, the late Professor of Oral Biology and Director of the Periodontal Research Center at the University of Florida.This AADR Fellowship, sponsored by the Task Force on Design and Analysis in Dental and Oral Research, has been established in memory of Neal W. Chilton and is designed to enable dental clinical faculty to obtain training in clinical research. The 2009 Fellowship is awarded to Maria Orellana from the University of California, San Francisco.This award is presented to Roger B. Johnson (University of Mississippi School of Dentistry, Jackson), with sincere appreciation for dedication and commitment to mentoring and inspiring the next generation of researchers.Six recipients will be selected after the AADR Hatton Awards Competition, to be held in Miami on Tuesday, March 31, 2009. The competition is designed for junior investigators in three categories--junior, senior, and post-doctoral--who exhibit potential for a productive career in dental research. The six winners will proceed to the IADR Unilever Hatton Awards Competition later the same day.These Fellowships, supported by several major industrial companies, as well as by AADR and IADR Group Chapters, Sections, and members, have been created to encourage dental students living in the United States to consider careers in oral health research. The 2009 recipients will be announced at the Opening Ceremonies, April 1, 2009 in Miami.The 22nd annual AADR National Student Research Group (NSRG) DENTSPLY/Caulk Student Award Competition, sponsored by DENTSPLY/Caulk, will be held in Miami, on Thursday, April 2, 2009. This competition highlights original poster presentations by AADR student members within dental, oral health, and craniofacial research. The 2009 competition features 14 students from 9 U.S. dental schools and awards a total of $2,500 USD in cash prizes to the top three participants in both clinical and basic science categories.

Many of the IADR Scientific Groups present awards at their annual Group Business Meetings. For more information, contact the IADR Global Headquarters.
About the International Association for Dental Research

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with more than 11,300 individual members worldwide, dedicated to: (1) advancing research and increasing knowledge to improve oral health, (2) supporting the oral health research community, and (3) facilitating the communication and application of research findings for the improvement of oral health worldwide.

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