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Donald Chi Receives the 2017 IADR Young Investigator Award

Alexandria, Va., USA - The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) presented Donald Chi with the 2017 IADR Young Investigator Award. He was recognized at the Opening Ceremonies of the 95th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in San Francisco, Calif., USA. This meeting is being held in conjunction with the 46th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research and the 41st Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research.

Chi is an associate professor with tenure at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, Seattle, USA. He received his A.B. from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., USA, and his D.D.S. from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. He attended Korea University, Seoul, on a Fulbright Scholarship to study the fields of social studies and public health dentistry. Afterward, he returned to the U.S. and completed two residencies at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA, before completing his Ph.D. at the same university.

The goal of Chi’s research is to reduce children’s oral health inequalities through community-based programs and evidence-based policies. To achieve this goal, he leads numerous interdisciplinary research groups that include colleagues from psychology, sociology, public health, microbiology, biology, pediatrics, nutrition and medicine. His funding history and publication record illustrate the success of his interdisciplinary approach. Chi has competed successfully for research grants from U.S. federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration, private foundations, health professional organizations and industry. He was recently selected as a Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, which is an honor that highlights his scientific accomplishments, and reflects the immediate relevance of his research and the broader applications of his work to fields outside of dentistry.

The IADR Young Investigator Award, supported by P&G Professional Oral Health, Crest + Oral-B, is designed to stimulate basic research in all dental disciplines. The recipient must be within 10 years of completing his/her last terminal degree at the time of the submission deadline. The award consists of a monetary prize and a plaque and is one of the 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards, one of the highest honors bestowed by IADR.

About the International and American Associations for Dental Research The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with nearly 11,000 individual members worldwide, dedicated to: (1) advancing research and increasing knowledge for the improvement of oral health worldwide, (2) supporting and representing the oral health research community, and (3) facilitating the communication and application of research findings. To learn more, visit www.iadr.org.

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