International Association for Dental Research presents awards & fellowships

As part of the Opening Ceremonies of its 84th General Session & Exhibition, convening today at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, the International Association for Dental Research will present numerous prestigious awards and fellowships. Details follow:
  • IADR Distinguished Service Award
    Presented to Chong-Pyoung Chung (Seoul National University, South Korea), this prestigious award was established by the IADR Board of Directors for 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. Dr. Chung joined the IADR in 1981 and was instrumental in establishing the IADR Korean Division. The award, supported by the J. Morita Co., consists of a plaque and travel expenses to the IADR General Session in Brisbane. This is the 9th year the award has been presented.

  • IADR Honorary Membership
    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 Robert V. Blanden, Professor, Immunology and Genetics Division, The Australian National University (Canberra). Dr. Blanden is internationally recognized for his contributions to our knowledge of the immune processes which occur in resistance to infectious agents and in recovery from infectious diseases. Although he has shown the importance of cell-mediated immune responses in several systems, it is his work, during the last 8 years, on ectromelia infection of mice which represents his major contribution. This constitutes the most complete documentation of the role of cell-mediated immunity during infection by a natural pathogen. Dr. Blanden was a pioneer in the development of a cytotoxic assay for the analysis of the kinetics and specificity of the T-lymphocyte response during the course of the infection. With others, he was responsible for demonstrating that genes in the H-2K and H-2D regions of the major histocompatibility complex of the mouse determine whether or not interaction between effector cells and target cells can occur both in vitro and in vivo. These observations have opened up a new field of investigation in immunology. His use of H-2 mutant mice, in defining the specificity of the interaction, has been particularly elegant. In addition to his experimental findings, he has also contributed significantly to theoretical considerations in cell-cell interactions in this system.

  • E.W. Borrow Memorial Award
    Presented to Poul Erik Petersen (Global Oral Health Programme, World Health Organization), this award, established by the Borrow Foundation, recognizes and stimulates research in oral health prevention for children, with a priority for caries prevention using fluoride in different formats. This is the 15th year of the Borrow Award, which consists of a cash prize and a plaque.

  • The IADR David B. Scott Fellowship
    Presented to Janet D.C. Kan (King's College London Dental Institute, London, UK, representing the British Division), this 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.

  • The Norton Ross Fellowship
    Presented to Moshe Shemesh (Hebrew University-Hadassah, Jerusalem, Israel, representing the Israeli Division), this Fellowship is sponsored by the IADR and consists of a cash prize.

  • The John Clarkson Fellowship
    Presented to Sylvana Papagerakis (University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, USA), this Fellowship is sponsored by the IADR and consists of a cash prize.

  • IADR/Lion Dental Research Award for Junior Investigators
    This award, generously supported by the Lion Corporation (Japan), 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 2006 Award-winners are: representing the Periodontal Research Group, Andrew Chi Chun Chan (University of Hong Kong, China); and, representing the Oral Health Research Group, Mariko Gyo (Tokyo Medical & Dental University, Japan).

  • The IADR/Colgate Research in Prevention Travel Awards
    Established by the IADR, and generously supported by Colgate-Palmolive, to enable young investigators presenting original research in the area of oral disease prevention to travel to the IADR General Session, this award is presented to: Ayodeji Omobolanle Esan (Obefemi Awolowo University, Nigeria; Africa/Middle East), Tan Haiping (University of Hong Kong, China; Asia), Diep Hong Ha (University of Adelaide, Australia; Australia/New Zealand), Daichi Chikazu (The University of Tokyo Hospital, Japan; Asia), Michael J. Passineau (University of Alabama-Birmingham; North America), and Maximiliano S¨¦rgio Cenci (State University of Campinas, Brazil; South America). Each recipient receives US$2,000 and a plaque.

  • The IADR/Unilever Division Travel Awards
    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 Awards Competition. The Travel Awards are generously funded through Unilever Oral Care. In 2006, the following 43 persons from 18 Divisions/Sections/Federations, received funding for travel to the IADR's 84th General Session in Brisbane: (Argentine) M.L. Krieger, A. Collet; (Australia/New Zealand) S. J. Byrne, N.-C. Yang; (Brazilian) M.H. Napimoga, A.F. Reis, L.M.A. Tenuta; (British) S. Atkins, J.M. Collier, M.L. Nystrom; (Canadian) J.P. Van Beek, C. Cheretakis; (Chinese) X. Ye, J. Dai, X. Li; (Continental European) V. D'Ant¨°, Y. Liu; (East & Southern African) J. Munyao; (Irish) T. Curran; (Israeli) Y. Fleissig, D. Moreinos; (Japanese) N. Sakagami, T. Yokoi, K.K. Gunjigake, C. Tanikawa, J.J. Miyamoto; (Korean) J.-M. Bae, J.-Y. Kim; (Kuwaiti) N.M. Moussa; (Nigerian) A.O. Oginni; (Scandinavian) N.A. Am Ahmed; (South African) L. Rashokeng, A. Du Bois; (Southeast Asian) L.H. Foo; and (American) M.E. Cozby, N.B. Helm, C. Ernst, S. Madhavan, M. Romero, B.A. Havens, C. Gonzales, E. Karl, and S. Prakasam.

  • IADR/GlaxoSmithKline Innovation in Oral Care Awards

    These new awards were designed to inspire innovation and novel research in oral care and to offer opportunities for investigators to conduct research into the development of innovative and novel compounds, biomaterials, or devices with a direct impact on the qualify of life of the public. The awards are in the form of unrestricted research grants, and the winning teams will share $225,000. The 2006 winners are:

    Hyun (Michel) Koo, Thomas Foster, and Robert Quivey, University of Rochester, NY, USA ("A Novel Therapeutic Approach to Prevent Formation of Cariogenic Biofilm")
    Yen-Tung Andy Teng, University of Rochester, NY, USA ("A Novel Therapeutic Human SCFV-Diabody for Aggressive Periodontitis")
    Cun-Yu Wang and Lijian Jin, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA ("Targeting IKK/NF-¦ĘB for Periodontitis")

  • William J. Gies Award
    This award, for the best paper published in the Journal of Dental Research, is presented in three categories: Biological, Biomaterials & Bioengineering, and Clinical. The award, named for William J. Gies, founder of the Journal of Dental Research, is supported by the Gies quasi-endowment fund and the J. Morita Co. 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 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 in the Biological and Clinical categories were presented at the AADR Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL, USA (March, 2006; see AADR Reports at http://www.dentalresearch.org/publications/newsletter/aadr_reports/2006spring.html

    The award in the Biomaterials & Bioengineering category is presented to Atsushi Ohazama, Sonie Modino, Isabelle Miletich, and Paul Sharpe, for the paper, "Stem-cell-based Tissue Engineering of Murine Teeth" [J Dent Res 83(7): 518-522, July, 2004].

  • IADR/Unilever Hatton Awards Competition winners
    These will be announced at the meeting and publicized at www.dentalresearch.org after the meeting.

  • NIDCR Bloc Travel Grant Winners - The American Association for Dental Research received a Bloc Travel Grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to support travel for US dental students and NIDCR-supported research trainees to present their research at the IADR General Session in Brisbane. This year, the AADR was able to award grants to 29 individuals:

    Cory Bailey
    Jeremy Paul Bateman
    Filippo Cangini
    Wes Cardall
    Melina Cozby
    Cory Ernst
    Gabriela Gata
    Adriana Gata
    Cara Gonzales
    Xiaozhe Han
    Nathan Helm
    Monik Jimenez
    Matthew L. Jones
    Jill Kramer
    Misty Lenk
    Cristina Maresca
    Jennifer May
    Van Wallace McCarlie
    Michael Passineau
    Lilliam Marie Pinzon
    William Scott Poling
    Todd Walter Rasch
    Marcela Romero
    Robert Chad Rowan
    Amit Sachdeo
    Beatriz Salvesen
    Jeffrey J. Yu
    Jeannie Yuhaniak
    Xueming Zhang

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