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Martha J. Somerman Received the 2018 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Basic Research in Biological Mineralization

Alexandria, Va., USA – The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) announced Martha J. Somerman, National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research, Bethesda, Maryland, USA as the 2018 recipient of the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in in Basic Research in Biological Mineralization. Somerman was recognized at the Opening Ceremonies of the 96th General Session of the IADR, held in conjunction with the IADR Pan European Regional (PER) Congress. The IADR/PER General Session & Exhibition is in London, England at the ExCeL London Convention Center from July 25-28, 2018.

Somerman is the Director of the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health and Chief of the Laboratory of Oral Connective Tissue Biology at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases located in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. She received her D.D.S. from New York University, College of Dentistry, New York, USA and her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York, USA.

Somerman began her dental research career analyzing links between vitamin D and bone remodeling and continued research of mineralized tissues characterizing extracellular matrix proteins from bone and their bioactive effects on osteoblasts and osteoclasts in culture. Among many important findings, Somerman discovered key adhesion molecules and phosphate regulators in dental tissues and provided a clinical application. Through her research she demonstrated the importance of controlling regulators of phosphate metabolism to maintaining and regenerating oral/dental tissues.

Somerman has more than 150 peer-review publications with over 8,000 citations and she has contributed to 20 books or book chapters. She has received the IADR Straumann Award in Regenerative Periodontal Medicine, the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Research in Oral Biology Award and the William J. Gies Award in Periodontology. Somerman served as the 30th President of American Association for Dental Research from 2001-2002.

The Basic Research in Biological Mineralization Award is one of the 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards and it is one of the highest honors bestowed by IADR. The award consists of a monetary award and a plaque, and is designed to stimulate, encourage, and recognize basic research in the field of biological mineralization.

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