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IADR Marks 100 Years of Driving Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research Globally to Advance Health and Well-Being

March 20, 2020, Alexandria, Va. — The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is celebrating 100 years of driving research to advance dental, oral and craniofacial health and overall well-being. Today, IADR has more than 10,000 members from over 80 countries around the world.

“What started as a small group of dentists from New York City who first met in December 1920 in the Columbia University Club to consider ‘the advisability of promoting research by an international organization’ has in the last 100 years expanded to the world’s premier dental research organization that drives dental, oral, and craniofacial research,” said Paula Moynihan, PhD, IADR President.

IADR operates regions in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa/Middle East and Latin America. 

Over the years, research from these regions has demonstrably advanced the state of dental health:

  • Age-standardized prevalence of untreated decay in the primary dentition was found to be higher in the US (9.2%) compared with the global average (8.8%), sadly suggesting a lack of progress in prevention since the 1920’s.
  • Differences in the factors that contribute to toothdecay across different populations indicates that approaches to control decay may need to be stratified to target specific populations appropriately
  • Research has shown that Molar/Incisor Hypomineralization (MIH) is not a hypomaturation defect, as is the case with dental fluorosis or amelogenesis imperfecta, but instead is a condition specifically of hypocalcification
  • Evidence was found to support the association of previously unidentified species or phylotypes with periodontitis. Research is now focusing on what is a new and exciting era of microbiology where researchers may finally start to understand the true diversity of the microbiota that contributes to periodontitis. 

“The global growth and representation that the IADR has achieved through the past 100 years have played key roles in the discovery, application and dissemination of advances in research in dental oral and craniofacial research throughout the world,” Moynihan continued. “Despite the phenomenal scientific progress, oral disease remains the most prevalent condition of humans worldwide. The IADR will continue to promote this international research effort, working towards our vision of ‘oral health for the world through discovery and dissemination’ as we enter our second and truly international century.”

March also marks the final month in which William V. Giannobile serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dental Research (JDR); Nicholas Jakubovics, Newcastle University, England, assumes the role of editor on April 1, 2020. Giannobile was editor-in-chief for 10 years. 

In a final abstract for his term as editor, Giannobile highlighted some of the Journal’s achievements:

  • Over the past 10 years, the journal has published close to 15,000 pages of content and 2,000 articles in the field of dental, oral and craniofacial research. Further, they published 17 special e-supplements in the Advances of Dental Research with over 1,000 pages of content.
  • The Journal’s #1 EigenfactorTM Score was sustained each year over the past 10 years for dentistry, oral surgery and medicine among the 90 currently indexed journals in the field.
  • Sound fiscal management of the journal, consistently exceeding budget projections and maintaining the journal in a stable financial position for re-investment, sustainability, and support of the IADR and AADR’s goals.
  • Recent surveys of IADR membership consistently identify the JDR as a key benefit.  The broader oral health research community has also clearly recognized the value of publishing in the JDR as the place to publish “the best” in dental, oral and craniofacial research.

“This was a wonderful “once in a lifetime” opportunity and I cannot believe how quickly “time flies,” Giannobile said. “The excitement I felt each and every day in working to benefit both authors and readers of the journals was a true privilege. I was so fortunate to have been able to follow such capable and forward-thinking editors who have made the JDR the leading source of research findings for over a century.”

About the Journal of Dental Research

The IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research (JDR) is a multidisciplinary journal dedicated to the dissemination of new knowledge in all sciences relevant to dentistry and the oral cavity and associated structures in health and disease. The JDR continues to rank #1 of 90 journals in Eigenfactor with a score of 0.021290, ranks #2 in 2-year Impact Factor of 90 journals in the “Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine” category at 5.125 and ranks #2 of 90 in Article Influence with a score of 1.643. The JDR’s 5-year Impact Factor has remained above 5 for the fourth year at 5.722, ranking #2 of 91 journals. With over 20,000 citations, the JDR also boasts the most citations in the “Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine” category — 4,500 citations above the second ranked journal in the field.
About the International Association for Dental Research

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with over 10,000 individual members worldwide, with a Mission to drive dental, oral and craniofacial research to advance health and well-being worldwide. To learn more, visit The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is the largest Division of IADR with 3,100 members in the United States. To learn more, visit