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January 2019 – William V. Giannobile

William V. Giannobile is the Chair of the Department of Periodontics & Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for Dental Research (JDR). Giannobile shares his experience with AADR and reflects on the impact of the JDR over the last 100 years as part of the JDR Centennial celebration in 2019.

  1. How did you first learn about AADR and what motivated you to join?

I got involved in dental research as an undergraduate student and then later as a dental student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. Our school was just forming a dental research group and I became a member during my first year of dental school. At that time, the AADR was known as the organization that best supported dental students in dental research through meetings, networking and other career opportunities.

What do you find to be the most valuable benefit of AADR membership?
I find the greatest benefit to be the networking opportunities AADR provides. I’ve interacted with wonderful colleagues at the AADR Annual Meetings and globally with the IADR. Of course, the publications of the Associations including the JDR, Advances in Dental Research and meeting abstracts provide wonderful venues for the dissemination and communication of research in the dental, oral and craniofacial sciences.

What is the best way for other members to become more involved in AADR?
The AADR Annual Meetings are a great starting point to interact with other researchers in the U.S. and around the world. Most dental school and affiliate members strive to attend the Annual meeting each year. During the meetings, one can see the multitude of stakeholders of the AADR working in concert — this displays the depth and breadth of the Association. You can also get involved by volunteering on committees that help programmatically or in the support of student or special research initiatives.

How long have you been involved with the JDR and why do you volunteer your time as Editor-in-Chief to the JDRWhat motivates you to keep doing this work?
I have been involved with the JDR first as a student, reading the publication and recognizing its excellence in publishing the top research in the field of dentistry. I later became an author of JDR meeting abstracts and subsequently as an author in the Journal itself. I was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the JDR in 2010. Serving as Editor-in-Chief has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have engaged in during my scientific career. Being associated with the JDR has exposed me to the cutting edge research being published by amazing researchers from across the global. It has been a real privilege to serve the AADR and IADR in this capacity for these past nine years.

How has working closely with JDR been how has it been significant to your work/research and career?
My daily workings with the JDR have given me wonderful associations with members of the AADR and IADR leadership who care deeply about the success of the JDR. It is certainly a collective effort of leaders who share creative and innovative approaches in the promotion of dental research that serve to inspire me to work with our Associate Editors to continue to improve the Journal. The global headquarters staff works closely with me as well and they are a talented and hardworking group that works together in a wonderful team environment to keep the JDR running efficiently.

In terms of scientific advancements and research tools, we have considerable advantages compared to our predecessors who were doing dental research 100 years ago. There’s a much larger body of knowledge to draw on and that information is available to us much more quickly. How has the JDR impacted research over time?
There have been so many innovations in dentistry that were initially published in the JDR over this past century. I am very excited to be able to work with our team of editors and authors over the coming Centennial celebrations that will highlight advances in preventive dentistry, reconstructive/esthetic dentistry, genetics, precision healthcare, head and neck cancer among other areas. Our Editorial published in the January issue of the JDR highlights the plans for the coming year to celebrate the rich history of the Journal in advancing our dental research field.

How do you feel the JDR serves the future of the science in dentistry? How is the JDR unique to our field of dentistry and the dental research in your opinion
As the leading journal in the oral health sciences, the JDR continues to evolve to strive to publish cutting-edge research that can advance the better understanding of oral diseases as well as develop better ways to improve our treatment and healthcare delivery of our patients. The JDR serves as a voice of our talented researchers within dentistry and those investigators outside of our field the work on the collaboration of new information.

What do you want to see in the future for the JDR?   
I would like to see that the Journal maintains its high stature as the leading source of information on the dental, oral and craniofacial sciences. I imagine that we will be better able to deliver more interactive content, videos, podcasts and presentation materials for both our current readership and possibly an even broader impact. With the dynamic publishing environment it is understood that the Journal may look very different in the future depending on how information is disseminated to advance science. I am confident that our AADR/IADR leadership can continue to support JDR’s success to promote the publication of the best science in our field.

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