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Kimon Divaris - December 2017

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Kimon Divaris, D.D.S., Ph.D. is the newly elected AADR representative to the IADR/AADR Publications Committee. Divaris received his D.D.S. from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Dentistry in 2005 and Certificates in Pediatric Dentistry and Global Health from University of North Carolina in 2011. Also in 2011, Divaris received his Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Departments of Pediatric Dentistry and Epidemiology. His research interests revolve around the notion of precision medicine/dentistry and include early childhood oral health, dental caries, genomics, the human microbiome, dental public health, periodontal diseases and fluorides.

Hansel M. Fletcher - November 2017

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Hansel M. Fletcher, Ph.D. is currently the Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Affairs in the School of Medicine and Professor and Vice Chair for the Department of Basic Sciences, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Loma Linda University in California. Since 2004, he has served as the Graduate Program Director for the Division of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Fletcher is the current President of the IADR Microbiology/Immunology scientific group.

Shannon Wallet – October 2017

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Shannon Wallet, Ph.D., graduated from North Carolina State University in 1995 with a bachelor’s in medical technology and went on to earn a degree in clinical laboratory science from Duke University. She earned her Ph.D. in oral biology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 2005 and joined the faculty at the University of Florida College of Dentistry in 2006 as a tenure-accruing assistant professor in the Department of Periodontology. She was promoted to associate professor and was awarded tenure in July 2013. Currently, Dr. Wallet is an Associate Professor at the University of Florida in the Department of Oral Biology as well as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs.

She has published over 70 papers and co-authored two book chapters, as well as held reviewed articles for 11+ journals. Her research interests are focused on mechanisms associated with altered innate immune functions, which lead to dysregulated adaptive immunity. Through independent and collaborative research programs, the Shannon M. Wallet Laboratory has been involved, at some level, in investigating the basic biology of health, multiple autoimmune conditions, autoinflammation, sepsis, exercise induced inflammation and cancer.

O. Ross Beirne – September 2017

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O. Ross Beirne received his D.M.D from Harvard School of Dental Medicine, his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Francisco, and his certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He served as Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Washington from 1999 to 2010. He is currently Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Washington, School of Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology and a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and the American Association for Dental Research. He is a founding member of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. His honors include election to Phi Beta Kappa, University of California, Berkeley; Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Harvard School of Dental Medicine; and the American College of Dentists. He is the recipient of the 2008 AAOMS/ADEA Gies Award for distinguished achievements in oral surgery, the 2013 University of Washington Bruce Rothwell Lifetime Teaching Award, the 2014 American Dental Society of Anesthesiology’s Heidbrink Award, the 2016 AAOMS Daniel Laskin Outstanding Predoctoral Educator Award and the 2017 Washington State Dental Association UW Faculty of the year. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Evidence Based Dental Practice and Oral Surgery. He is past chair of the Osseointegration Foundation-Academy of Osseointegration’s Committee on Research and the OMS Foundation Committee on Research. While continuing to be engaged in clinical practice and translation research, Beirne also devotes considerable time to clinical practice and teaching at the predoctoral, resident, and postdoctoral levels.

Marcelo Freire - August 2017

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Marcelo Freire, D.D.S., Ph.D., D.M.Sc., is a faculty member at the Forsyth Institute and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He is passionate about human health and the importance of integrating science proven innovations with clinical practices. He has published many papers and book chapters in the field of immunology, periodontology, inflammation and tissue regeneration. Freire is influential scientist in the area of biological innovations with specific focus in leveraging the understanding of endogenous immune response to enhance human healing potential.