Leading European periodontal researchers were among the recipients of prestigious awards at the recent annual congress of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR).
At its annual meeting in Vancouver (Canada), held from June 19 to 22, the IADR presented awards to Andrea Mombelli, Søren Jepsen, Niklaus Lang, and Peter Harrison.
Andrea Mombelli (professor emeritus, University of Geneva, Switzerland), a past president of the Swiss Society of Periodontology, received the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Research in Periodontal Disease.
Søren Jepsen (professor, University of Bonn, Germany), EFP president 2015-2016 and scientific chair of EuroPerio9 (Amsterdam, 2018), received the IADR/Periodontal Research Group Award in Regenerative Periodontal Medicine.
Niklaus Lang (professor emeritus, University of Bern, Switzerland), former chair of the EFP’s European workshop committee, was the recipient of the IADR/Periodontal Research Group award in “Innovative approaches to prevention and non-surgical treatment of periodontal and peri-implant diseases.”
Peter Harrison (University of Dublin, Ireland), president of the Irish Society of Periodontology and the junior officer of the EFP Postgraduate education committee, received the IADR Karring-Nyman Sunstar Guidor Award, which aims at supporting research within the field of oral tissue regeneration.
“These awards are a great testimony to the importance of European periodontology,” said Filippo Graziani, EFP president. “I am delighted that these awards have gone to peers who are deeply involved in the work of the federation, which is more and more the global voice of periodontal science.”
In 2018, former EFP secretary general Iain Chapple (UK) received the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Research in Periodontal Diseases.
The IADR, based in Alexandria, Virginia (USA) is a professional non-profit association with more than 11,000 members worldwide. Its mission is to advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health worldwide, to support and represent the oral-health research community, and to facilitate the communication and application of research findings.