Michael Paine to Receive the 2016 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Basic Research in Biological Mineralization

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June 21, 2016

Alexandria, Va., USA - The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) will present Michael Paine with the 2016 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Basic Research in Biological Mineralization. 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.

Paine is a tenured professor of dentistry at the University of Southern California, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, Los Angeles, USA. He earned his B.Sc. at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; his B.D.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Sydney, Australia; and his certificate in periodontology at Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.

His research on enamel formation focuses on the characterization of individual protein components, their structure and spatiotemporal expression profiles during development, their assembly properties, and how these proteins initiate and direct mineralization of enamel crystallites. As a world-renowned dental enamel researcher, some of his notable research accomplishments are that he has engineered an amelogenin mini-gene to study alternative splicing; he has demonstrated that the sodium bicarbonate co-transporter (NBCe1) is essential for the normal development of mouse dentition; and he has identified novel candidate genes involved in mineralization of dental enamel by genome-wide transcript profiling. 

The Basic Research in Biological Mineralization Award is generously supported by Unilever Oral Care. 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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