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Richard Niederman Named 2023 Recipient of the IADR E.W. Borrow Memorial Award

Alexandria, VA – The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) has announced that Richard Niederman is the recipient of the 2023 IADR E.W. Borrow Memorial Award. Niederman, from New York University, New York, USA, 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.

Niederman has dedicated his professional career, spanning over nearly 50 years, to clinical and community-based research. His goal has always been to generate evidence for interventions to prevent oral diseases, promote oral health, and reduce disparities, particularly in children and deprived communities. He has pioneered some of the largest school- and community-based oral health programs in the U.S., focusing on simple, evidence-based and cost-effective fluoride applications.

Niederman’s interest in global health directed him to seek designation, in 2016, of the New York University Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion as a WHO Collaborating Center (WHOCC) in Quality Improvement and Evidence-Based Dentistry. The WHOCC provides technical assistance to countries and international agencies on oral disease surveillance, integrating oral health into primary care, and, more recently, providing guidance to the dental profession during the COVID-19 pandemic. The latter prompted the identification of dental interventions for providing dental care while reducing the risk of transmission of the virus, known as Safer Aerosol-Free Emergent (SAFER) Dentistry, and a tiered set of interventions to ensure continuity of oral healthcare services during future pandemics. 

Niederman has published over a hundred scientific articles covering basic, clinical, and applied sciences. In 2018, he received the American Dental Association’s Evidence-Based Dentistry Accomplished Faculty Award for his efforts in promoting evidence-based dentistry and prevention by using fluorides. He is a world-renowned expert on silver-diamine fluoride and fluorides for treatment and prevention of dental caries.

Sponsored by The Borrow Foundation, the IADR E.W. Borrow Memorial Award recognizes and stimulates research in oral health prevention for children, with a priority for caries prevention where fluoride in different formats is utilized. This is the 32nd year of the IADR E.W. Borrow Memorial Award, which consists of a plaque and a monetary award of $3,500.

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