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April 2020 – E. Dianne Rekow

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E. Dianne Rekow is Professor Emeritus and former Executive Dean of King’s College London Dental Institute, England, now the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences, King’s College London. Her career has integrated engineering, material science and clinical dentistry. She first earned a B.S. in Physic and Mathematics, MSME in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a MBA from St. Thomas College.  After 11 years in various technical positions in industry, she returned to academics, earning a D.D.S., Orthodontic Certificate, and Ph.D. in Bioengineering all from the University of Minnesota. Throughout her career, she has held a number of leadership positions in both academics and industry, spanning Project Lead on a multi-million-dollar product development, Department Chair, Provost and Dean. Though a basic researcher, as a licensed clinician she has been able to identify research needs and integrate dental and engineering findings into clinical care. Dianne’s early work pioneered many of the concepts now integrated into dental CAD/CAM systems. Her team’s later work, funded by NIDCR, focused on damage initiation and propagation in brittle materials, integrating researchers from five academic institutions and five corporations across the world. Many students and post-doc fellows from the team are now successful academics and researchers in their own right. Dianne has and now holds leadership positions in a number of professional organizations. She is a fellow in AADR, IADR, the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontists (and Schweitzer Research Awardee of that organization) and the Academy of Dental Materials.  

Rekow was elected to membership in the Royal College of Medicine (England) and is a Fellow of King's College London. Now retired, she volunteers time to her community and continues to be actively engaged professionally, particularly focusing on demystifying technology and digital systems that can enhance oral and systemic health. 

IADR Marks 100 Years of Driving Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research Globally to Advance Health and Well-Being

William V. Giannobile Completes 10-years as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dental Research

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March 20, 2020, Alexandria, Va. — The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is celebrating 100 years of driving research to advance dental, oral and craniofacial health and overall well-being. Today, IADR has more than 10,000 members from over 80 countries around the world.

“What started as a small group of dentists from New York City who first met in December 1920 in the Columbia University Club to consider ‘the advisability of promoting research by an international organization’ has in the last 100 years expanded to the world’s premier dental research organization that drives dental, oral, and craniofacial research,” said Paula Moynihan, PhD, IADR President.

AADR Receives NIDCR Grant to Develop AADR MIND the Future Program

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March 16, 2020, Alexandria, Va. — The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) has been awarded a five-year grant of more than $1.3 million by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) in response to FOA RFA-DE-19-007: NIDCR Mentoring Network to Support a Diverse Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research Workforce. The grant project dates are March 2020 through February 2025 (Grant No. 1UE5DE029439-01). Principal Investigators for the grant are David Drake, Professor of Microbiology, University of Iowa and the Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research; Christopher H. Fox, CEO, American Association for Dental Research and Effie Ioannidou, Director, University of Connecticut Dental Clinical Research Center. 

Journal of Dental Research Publishes Guidelines Concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19) From Researchers based in Wuhan, China

Guidelines Intended for Dental Practitioners and Students

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March 12, 2020, Alexandria, Va., USA — The Journal of Dental Research, co-owned by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and the American Association of Dental Research (AADR), has published a paper written by researchers at Wuhan University School & Hospital of Stomatology with a number of recommendations for dental practitioners and dental students in light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported in Wuhan, China. The virus that causes COVID-19 has been identified as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV2). 

March 2020 – Renny Franceschi

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Renny Franceschi is the Marcus L. Ward Collegiate Professor of Dentistry, Professor of Biological Chemistry and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has also served as Director of Research and Associate Dean for Research at the School of Dentistry. His research is focused on signals regulating bone and joint formation with particular emphasis on roles of the extracellular matrix and associated receptors. Ongoing studies are investigating the role of collagen receptors in bone development and regeneration. His research team is also actively involved in the development of tissue engineering approaches to stimulate bone and blood vessel growth through the controlled expression of regenerative factors as well as development of synthetic scaffolds that mimic the extracellular matrix environment.


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