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December 2018 – Dorota Kopycka-Kedzierawski

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Dorota Kopycka-Kedzierawski is Associate Professor of Dentistry at the University of Rochester, Eastman Institute for Oral Health in the Department of Community Dentistry and Oral Disease Prevention and in the Center for Oral Biology. She also serves as Deputy Director of the Northeast region of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. Her research interests include, teledentistry, oral epidemiology, risks factors for Early Childhood Caries and dental practice-based research. Kopycka-Kedzierawski has been a member of IADR/AADR and the Caries Research and Behavioral, Epidemiology and Health Services Research Groups since 2000 and has been a president of a local chapter of AADR since 2013.

November 2018 – Katherine Morland Hammitt

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Katherine Hammitt is Vice President of Scientific & Medical Affairs for the Sjögren’s Foundation (SF) as well as a member of the AADR Board of Directors as the Patient Advocacy Representative. In her role as Chair of the FNIDCR Patient Advocacy Council, Kathy leads 33 member organizations with Co-chair Mary Fete to add the patient advocates’ voice to the work of the AADR and NIDCR and to ensure the patient voice is heard in research.

At the SF, Kathy oversees key research and medical initiatives to increase knowledge about Sjögren’s, improve the exchange of ideas to accelerate research and set the stage for better treatment and management of Sjögren’s. To accomplish these goals, Kathy oversees the development of the first-ever Clinical Practice Guidelines in Sjögren’s and co-leads the Foundation’s international Clinical Trials Consortium. Kathy also created and serves Founding and Executive Editor of the SF’s Sjögren’s Quarterly, a major resource for healthcare professionals and the only publication covering all clinical, scientific and research aspects of Sjögren’s. In addition, Kathy is an Associate Editor of The Sjögren’s Book and author or co-author of text book chapters on autoimmune disease and Sjögren’s, CME programs and articles for medical and scientific journal publications on Sjögren’s. She also is co-author of The Sjögren’s Syndrome Survival Guide, a book designed to help patients better understand their disease, how to live with it and take control of their lives.

October 2018 – Rena N. D’Souza

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Rena N. D’Souza, Ph.D., M.S., D.D.S., B.D.S. is the 2018-19 IADR President and served as AADR President from 2012-13. D’Souza is currently the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Education and Professor of Dental Sciences, Professor of Neurobiology & Anatomy and Professor of Pathology at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. She also holds adjunct professorial appointments as Medical Faculty in the Department of Restorative Dentistry Endodontics and Periodontics at the University of Regensburg, Germany, in the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University, Houston, Texas, in the Department of Molecular Biology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, and in the Department of Endodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

September 2018 – Tanner Godfrey

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Tanner Godfrey is a D.M.D./Ph.D. student at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Dentistry. His research interests include investigating the role of chromatin remodeling in osteoblast differentiation, bone formation and maintenance.

Godfrey is the recipient of numerous research awards including the inaugural IADR Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition in 2017 and the AADR Student Research Award. He was also a finalist in the AADR Hatton competition in 2017 and received first place in the 2018 competition, earning him a spot in the international Hatton competition. He has served in multiple roles within the AADR National Student Research Group (NSRG) — a student-run organization that fosters an environment in every dental school whereby students can enrich their dental education through research.

Godfrey was selected as the 2017-2018 Gert Quigley Fellow and in that capacity a new member of the AADR Government Affairs Committee. During the Fellowship program, Godfrey received first-hand insight into government affairs and science policy work. In addition to his involvement with AADR, Godfrey is also an active AADR donor.

August 2018 - John M. Powers

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John M. Powers, graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in chemistry in 1967 and a Ph.D. in dental materials and mechanical engineering in 1972. He was Professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor, from 1972-1988. He was Professor at the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston from 1988-2005, where he also served as department Chair and Associate Dean for Research. He founded the Houston Biomaterials Research Center and served as Director from 1994-2005. Since 2005, he has been Clinical Professor of Oral Biomaterials at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, where he is a consultant to the Michigan Pittsburgh Wyss Regenerative Medicine Resource Center.


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