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J. Robert Kelly to Receive the 2016 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award - Wilmer Souder Award

Alexandria, Va., USA - The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) will present J. Robert Kelly with the 2016 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award - Wilmer Souder Award. He will be recognized at the Opening Ceremonies of the 94th IADR General Session & Exhibition, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Seoul, Republic of Korea. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the 3rd Meeting of the IADR Asia Pacific Region and the 35th Annual Meeting of the IADR Korean Division.

Kelly is director of the Center for Advanced Technology Integration, University of Connecticut Health Center, Storrs, USA. He earned a B.A. in chemistry and biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, USA; a D.D.S. from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry, Columbus, USA; an M.S. in dental materials from Marquette University Graduate School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; and a D.Med.Sc. in oral biology from Harvard University, Boston, Mass., USA, with an emphasis on ceramic engineering and glass science in a cross-registration program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA.

His significant scientific contributions have involved applying principles of failure analysis (mainly fractography) and fracture mechanics to document failure mechanisms that occur during clinical functioning of all-ceramic prostheses. More recently, his laboratory developed very good capabilities in fatigue testing and lifetime analysis and predictions that have led to the documentation of strain-rate sensitivity in titanium implant alloys and the development of a protocol for predicting the lifetime behavior of denture teeth on implant-supported prostheses. His lab has also applied multi-physics FEA modeling (thermal stresses overlaid with occlusal stresses) to the problem of porcelain chipping on zirconia crowns – indicating that severe transient stresses near the glass transition temperature during fast cooling are the problem as opposed to residual thermal stresses.

He introduced a widely-used classification scheme for dental ceramic systems based on the concept of ceramics as being composites and introduced a new classification system for dental ceramics into a revision of ISO 6872:2008 based on clinical indications. Kelly is a recognized scientist in dental materials research and a leading figure in international standards development in dental ceramics and metal-ceramic systems.

Supported by an endowment provided by the IADR Dental Materials Group, this is the oldest of the 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards and consists of a monetary prize and a plaque. The award honors Dr. Wilmer Souder, the motivating force in establishing the Dental Section at the National Bureau of Standards, and is designed to encourage interest in dental materials research. It is 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 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.

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