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Nisha D’Silva Receives the 2017 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Oral Medicine & Pathology

Alexandria, Va., USA - The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) presented Nisha D’Silva with the 2017 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Oral Medicine and Pathology. She was recognized at the Opening Ceremonies of the 95th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in San Francisco, Calif., USA. This meeting is being held in conjunction with the 46th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research and the 41st Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research.

D’Silva is the Donald A. Kerr endowed collegiate professor of oral pathology at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor, USA. There, she is also associate chair, Division of Oral Medicine, Pathology, Radiology; and professor, Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine. She is also an associate professor of pathology, University of Michigan Medical School.

D’Silva is a clinician-scientist whose research focus has been on oral cancer, for which she has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for more than 16 years. Her translational research involves identifying biomarkers and dissecting the molecular mechanisms that promote tumor progression and treatment resistance.

D’Silva has developed novel in vitro and in vivo models to characterize the molecular mechanisms of tumor progression, particularly invasion. This is critical research because invasion transforms a precancerous lesion to cancer, and allows the spread of cancer to other sites, which is correlated with poor clinical outcome. Her laboratory has performed pre-clinical studies to validate some of the novel treatment targets.

One of the 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards, the Oral Medicine & Pathology Research Award is one of the highest honors bestowed by IADR. The Award is supported by Unilever Oral Care and recognizes outstanding and sustained peer-reviewed research that has contributed to the understanding of the mechanisms governing the health and disease of the oral cavity and associated structures, principally encompassing skin, bone and the oral soft tissue. The award consists of a monetary prize and a plaque.

About the International and American Associations for Dental Research The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with nearly 11,000 individual members worldwide, dedicated to: (1) advancing research and increasing knowledge for the improvement of oral health worldwide, (2) supporting and representing the oral health research community, and (3) facilitating the communication and application of research findings. To learn more, visit www.iadr.org.

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