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March 7, 2016

 AADR to Award the 2016 Distinguished Scientist Award to Robert J. Genco

Alexandria, Va., USA – The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) has announced Robert J. Genco as the 2016 recipient of the AADR Distinguished Scientist Award. He will be recognized at the Association’s 45th Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Los Angeles, Calif., USA, on March 16, 2016, at the Opening Ceremonies. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the 40th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research. 

Genco is vice provost, Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach, and distinguished professor of oral biology, periodontics and microbiology at the University at Buffalo, N.Y., USA. Genco is a past AADR president (1985-86) and past IADR president (1991-92). Genco was also the recipient of the 1975 IADR Young Investigator Award and the 1981 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Periodontal Research.

His research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of virulence of mucosal pathogens. More recently, his lab have studied the effect of periodontal infections as they increase the risk for heart disease including myocardial infarction; and decreased glycemic control in diabetics.

“AADR is pleased to present Dr. Genco with the 2016 AADR Distinguished Scientist Award,” said AADR President Paul Krebsbach. “He is being honored for his contribution to periodontal disease research and its association to other diseases.”

Every two years, AADR recognizes a distinguished scientist who has contributed outstanding research of particular significance in any of the fields related to oral science. The award recipient receives a monetary award of $5,000, which is generously supported by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare.

About the American Association for Dental Research
The American Association for Dental Research (AADR), headquartered in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit organization with more than 3,700 members in the United States. Its mission is: (1) to advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health; (2) to support and represent the oral health research community; and (3) to facilitate the communication and application of research findings. AADR is the largest Division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). To learn more about the AADR, visit


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