AADR Members from diverse backgrounds complete research and change dentistry every day. Learn about some of them! 

Francisco Ramos-Gomez

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"AADR members can advocate for gender and race diversity. Diversity produces a much stronger team and improved collaboration, increasing success by driving scientific discovery to be more innovative, more inclusive and to match the needs of the community you are trying to serve."

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-   Francisco Ramos-Gomez, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry

Hansel M. Fletcher

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"As a scientist, educator and administrator from an underrepresented population, I have leveraged my experience to continue the development of highly motivated people. One of my goals and guiding principle is to continue working towards promoting diversity within the scientific arena by actively recruiting and training students from underrepresented and disadvantaged populations and by serving as a role model, mentor and advisor to these individuals."

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-   Hansel M. Fletcher, Loma Linda University, Calif.

Chun-Teh Lee

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"There are many opportunities for all researchers regardless of gender, race and background. Of course, researchers from under-represented groups still face many challenges nowadays. Academic institutions and professional associations have to improve diversity and avoid unfairness in research."

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-   Chun-Teh Lee, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Petros Gebreselassie

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"Underrepresented minority groups account for disproportionately smaller percentages of people in research and development. Professional associations such as AADR can play pivotal roles by helping the participation and advancement of minorities in research and development."

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- Petros Gebreselassie, Ashland Inc., Bridgewater, N.J.

Ana Paula Piovezan Fugolin

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"In 5-10 years I see myself as an independent faculty member developing relevant researchers. My main goals are to: encourage and give opportunities for motivated people develop themselves, as my mentor does, and to see that my efforts can be reflected in real benefits for the patients."

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- Ana Paula Piovezan Fugolin, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland

Lydia M. Lopez del Valle

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"I have had very great mentors. They encouraged me to get into this field of research, and with these mentors I have made a lot of collaborations. My mentors introduced me to other researchers in various fields like microbiology to help me understand the bacterium Streptococcus mutans and its relation to ECC. An important aspect of research is having great mentors and people in various science fields to collaborate with."

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- Lydia M. Lopez del Valle, University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine, San Juan

Joana Cunha-Cruz

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"The topic of my research is disparities in oral health, and I am very aware of these disparities and inequalities in this country and the world. I am very aware of the gaps that exist in oral health and quality of life between minorities. I am also aware of the various disparities that researchers experience and building resilience is an important aspect of that."

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- Joana Cunha-Cruz, Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, University of Washington, Seattle

Andrea Ferreira Zandoná

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"As an underrepresented minority (URM), I have been approached by many people who are trying to get into research and when they realize that I am a URM they approach me more easily and ask for support. I have received in my lab many students-visiting scholars or Ph.D. students that are from different places and are underrepresented minorities."

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- Andrea Ferreira Zandoná, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Roger Arce

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"I come from a multiracial country and was not familiar with the concept of underrepresented minority (URM). It was not until I moved to the United States that I understood the importance of representation from every ethnicity. Since then, I have tried to serve as a role model for URMs and other groups interested in what I do."

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- Roger Arce, Assistant Professor of Periodontics, Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University

Cristiane Miranda Franca

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"I never felt myself as being target of prejudice from others for being a Hispanic woman. What was challenging for me was the difference from one country to the other regarding the educational system, grant funding programs and publication demands. And of course, the language, it is frustrating not to be able to find the proper words to convey an idea."

- Cristiane Miranda Franca, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland

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