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Jonathan Broadbent Named Recipient of the 2023 IADR Distinguished Scientist H. Trendley Dean Memorial Award

Alexandria, VA, USA – The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) announced that Jonathan Broadbent is this year’s recipient of the IADR Distinguished Scientist H. Trendley Dean Memorial Award. Broadbent, from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, was recognized during the Opening Ceremonies of the 101st General Session of the IADR, which was held in conjunction with the 9th Meeting of the Latin American Region and the 12th World Congress on Preventive Dentistry, that took place on June 21, 2023, in Bogotá, Colombia.

Prof. Broadbent is a professor in Dental Public Health at the University of Otago Sir John Walsh Research Institute / Department of Rehabilitation, where he conducts research in the field of Dental Public Health and Epidemiology. He has focused on longitudinal research into dental disease and health from childhood to adulthood, with a particular interest in social disparities in oral health. He is a practicing dentist registered in the specialist scope of Public Health Dentistry.

He received his BDS, PhD and a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dentistry with Distinction at the University of Otago. Broadbent has made important contributions to understanding of oral health conditions, their risk factors, and their implications for health. As Dunedin Study dental principal investigator, he has led in applying trajectory modelling techniques in dental longitudinal research.

Broadbent has reviewed grant applications for research funders including the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, the Irish Health Research Board, the New Zealand Health Research Council, and the Swiss National Science Foundation. Furthermore, Broadbent served on the Editorial Advisory Board for Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology (2019-2021), is an Editorial Board member for BMC Oral Health (2021-present), is an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand (2019-present), and is the Scientific Editor for the New Zealand Dental Journal (2017-present). Jonathan has peer-reviewed over 300 scientific articles for over 60 different scientific journals. Broadbent is committed to training young researchers and clinicians. 

The IADR Distinguished Scientist H. Trendley Dean Memorial Award, one of the 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards, is supported by the Colgate-Palmolive Company in memory of H. Trendley Dean, the 21st President of the IADR and first dental officer of the National Institutes of Health. The award consists of a monetary award and plaque and is given for meritorious research in epidemiology and public health. It is one of the highest honors bestowed by IADR.

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