Kazuhisa Yamazaki to Receive the 2016 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Basic Research in Periodontal Disease

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June 21, 2016

Alexandria, Va., USA - The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) will present Kazuhisa Yamazaki with the 2016 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Basic Research in Periodontal Disease. He will be recognized at the Opening Ceremonies of the 94th IADR General Session & Exhibition, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Seoul, Republic of Korea. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the 3rd Meeting of the IADR Asia Pacific Region and the 35th Annual Meeting of the IADR Korean Division.

Yamazaki is professor of the Division of Oral Science for Health Promotion, Niigata University, Japan, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences. He has also contributed to a variety of activities and responsibilities of the IADR Japanese Division, the Japanese Association for Dental Research, and is currently serving as president-elect and secretary. He earned his D.D.S. degree at Kanagawa Dental College, Yokosuka, Japan, and earned his Ph.D. degree in dentistry at Niigata University, Japan.

He has carried out important studies of immune-pathological analysis in the field of periodontology and periodontal medicine. Yamazaki established the periodontitis model of mice, which were orally infected with Porphyromonas

gingivalis (P.g) and revealed that natural killer T cells upregulated systemic and local inflammatory responses in the mice and mediated the progression of alveolar bone resorption. Being interested in the systemic influences of the P.g infection, he started the basic researchof the periodontal medicine by utilizing this unique mouse model. He found that P.g infection induced a significant elevation of serum proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9), which is known to play a critical role in the regulation of circulating low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels, and a concomitant elevation of total and LDL cholesterol.

The Basic Research in Periodontal Disease Award is generously supported by Colgate-Palmolive Company. One of the 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards, it is one of the highest honors bestowed by IADR. The award consists of a monetary award and a plaque, and is designed to stimulate, encourage, and recognize basic research in the field of biological mineralization.

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