AADR Elections Results: AADR Members Elect Mark Herzberg and Kimon Divaris
Members of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) have elected Mark Herzberg, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis to serve as the next vice president of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR). His term will commence at the conclusion of the 47th AADR Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., USA, March 21-24, 2018. After serving as vice president, he will remain on the AADR Board of Directors for three consecutive terms as president-elect, president and immediate past president.
Mark Herzberg is a Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and the Director of the Minnesota Craniofacial Research Training Program. He completed his D.D.S. at the New York University College of Dentistry. He went on to earn his Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Department of Oral Biology.
Publications from his Ph.D. studies focused on the purification, structure and function of the high molecular mass mucin, MUC5B. Herzberg’s initial work at the University of Minnesota addressed the pathogenesis of infective endocarditis, including the biology of oral streptococci and platelets and thrombosis. Continuing studies focus on how harmless streptococci adapt to survive in competitive environments. Recent research work from his group shows that the array of adhesin proteins on the surface of strep are “plastic” in the sense that they can change to correct for errors in processing or environmental pressures. The plasticity is controlled by a previously unknown signaling mechanism that has several unusual features. Other studies from his lab explain how an innate antimicrobial protein in oral epithelial cells also functions as a tumor suppressor in head and neck cancer.
Since joining AADR in 1974, Herzberg has served as an Editor of the Journal of Dental Research (1993-2004) and on the IADR/AADR Joint Publications Committee. He was a member of the Boards of Directors and Joint Finance Committee of the International and American Associations of Dental Research (1993-2004). He has been a member of the Microbiology and Immunology Research Group (1989-Present) and served as president elect (1990-91), president (1991-92) and past president (1992-93). He was on the Hatton Awards Committee, AADR and IADR Nominating Committees and served as Chairperson from 1990-91. He was also the Annual Session Committee and an Organizer of the inaugural Three Minute Thesis Completion® IADR/AADR in 2017. Herzberg won the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Oral Biology in 1995.
AADR members have elected Kimon Divaris, Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatric Dentistry and Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as the AADR representative to the IADR/AADR Publications Committee.
Divaris received his Ph.D. in the Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill and this D.D.S. at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Dentistry, Athens, Greece.
A member since 2004, Divaris is an Editorial Board Member, Journal of Dental Research (JDR), is the President-elect, North Carolina Section of the AADR, a Scientific Program Chair in the IADR Pediatric Oral Health Research (POHR) Scientific Group and an AADR Alternate Councilor with the IADR Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research (BEHSR) Scientific Group.
Divaris is active in clinical practice, teaching and mentorship of students and trainees of all levels and research. His research focus lies in the intersection of oral epidemiology, clinical research and omics, with emphasis on precision medicine in childhood oral health.
About the International Association for Dental Research
The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with over 10,500 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. The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is the largest Division of IADR, with 3,500 members in the United States. To learn more, visit www.iadr.org/aadr.