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Sarah C. Heilshorn Named 2020 Recipient of the Isaac Schour Memorial Distinguished Scientist Award

Alexandria, Va., USA, May 6, 2020 – The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) announced Sarah C. Heilshorn, Stanford University, California, USA as 2020 recipient of the Isaac Schour Memorial Distinguished Scientist Award.

Heilshorn is Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and, by courtesy, of Chemical Engineering and of Bioengineering at Stanford University.

Heilshorn's interests include biomaterials in regenerative medicine, engineered proteins with novel assembly properties, microfluidics and photolithography of proteins, and synthesis of materials to influence stem cell differentiation. Current projects include tissue engineering for spinal cord and blood vessel regeneration, designing injectable materials for use in stem cell therapies, and the design of microfluidic devices to study the directed migration of cells (i.e., chemotaxis).

Funded through a generous endowment provided by Bernard G. Sarnat, a former graduate student of Isaac Schour, and Rhoda G. Sarnat through the Sarnat Family Foundation, the Isaac Schour Memorial Award consists of a monetary prize and plaque and recognizes outstanding scientific contributions in the anatomical sciences, including tissue engineering, tissue regeneration and stem cell research as it relates to the oral, dental, or craniofacial complex. It is one of the 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards and is one of the highest honors bestowed by IADR.

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

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