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Kimon Divaris Named Recipient of the IADR Young Investigator Award

Alexandria, Va., USA, May 6, 2020 – The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) announced Kimon Divaris, UNC Adams School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, USA, as the 2020 recipient of the IADR Young Investigator Award.

The award, supported by P&G Professional Oral Health, Crest + Oral-B, is designed to stimulate basic research in all dental disciplines. The recipient must be within 10 years of completing his/her last terminal degree at the time of the submission deadline.

Divaris is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry in UNC Adams School of Dentistry. His research focuses on studying the etiology and determinants of dental disease in early childhood. He uses epidemiological and molecular methods in order to improve pediatric oral health and to reduce associated health disparities. Dr. Divaris is also interested in the study of genetic epidemiology, precision medicine and how they relate to oral health.

The award consists of a monetary award and a plaque and is one of the 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards, one of the highest honors bestowed by IADR. Winners also serve a two-year term on the IADR Board of Directors.

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session, the award was given locally.

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