IADR Members Elect Pamela Den Besten as Vice President
Members of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) have elected Pamela Den Besten, University of California – San Francisco, USA as the next IADR vice president. Her term will commence at the conclusion of the 96th General Session of the IADR, held in conjunction with the IADR Pan European Regional Congress, in London, England, July 25-28, 2018. After serving as vice president, Pamela DenBesten will stay on the IADR Board of Directors for three consecutive terms as president- elect, president and immediate past president.
Den Besten is a Professor in the Department of Orofacial Sciences, the Director of Center for Children’s Oral Health Research and Co-Director of the D.D.S.-Ph.D. & Ph.D. Programs in the Oral and Craniofacial Sciences Graduate Program at the University of California – San Francisco School of Dentistry.
She obtained her D.D.S. degree from the University of Iowa in 1980 and a M.S. and certificate of specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of North Carolina in 1983. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in mineralized tissue research at the University of North Carolina.
Den Besten has been a member of IADR since 1982 and has been active in leadership and service to the IADR. In 1991, she served as the vice president of the Boston section of the AADR and was elected as Councilor of the IADR Mineralized Tissue Group from 1991-1997. She was elected Member-at-Large of the AADR Board of Directors (1995-1997), served as a member of the IADR Young Investigator Committee (1995-1998) and a member at large for the IADR/AADR Joint Publication Committee (1998-2000), chairing the committee from 1999-2000. She was also a member of the IADR Gies Award Committee (1998-2000), chairing the committee from 1999-2000.
In 2004, Dr. Den Besten was elected AADR Treasurer and in 2007 she worked to revitalize the San Francisco Section of the AADR, serving first as councilor and then as vice president and president. In 2009 she received the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Pulp Biology and Regeneration and served as a member of the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award Committee (2009- 2012). She is currently a member of the IADR Mineralized Tissue and IADR Pulp Biology Groups.
Den Besten has published over 100 scientific manuscripts in peer-reviewed journal along with 18 book chapters. Her research focuses on tooth formation, in particular enamel and dentin regeneration and biomineralization. She is an international leader in enamel fluorosis research and is interested in how fluoride affects cell function. She has used cell culture and other model systems to understand how the extracellular enamel matrix directs ameloblast cell function and enamel biomineralization. Her interests in dental pulp stem cells and the role of dentin matrix in fate determination and differentiation of ameloblast lineage cells directs her interest in the potential role of these cells in tooth regeneration.
Another research interest of Den Besten is oral health care of children with complex medical conditions and early childhood caries. She is an active collaborator in a number of studies to identify risk factors for early childhood caries and is currently involved in studies to reduce gingivitis and mucositis in immunocompromised children undergoing treatment for cancer.
Den Besten is excited to be part of the IADR Board as it furthers its Mission to advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health worldwide; to support and represent the oral health research community; and to facilitate the communication and application of research findings.
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.