Grant Townsend to Receive the 2016 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Craniofacial Biology Research

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June 21, 2016                                                                                                            

Alexandria, Va., USA - The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) will present Grant Townsend with the 2016 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Craniofacial Biology Research. 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.

Townsend is a professor of dental science at the School of Dentistry, University of Adelaide, Australia. There, he is also the director of assessment and leader, Craniofacial Biology and Dental Education Group. He is also a visiting consultant at Adelaide Dental Hospital. He earned his B.D.S., B.Sc.Dent. (Hons), Ph.D. and D.D.Sc. at the University of Adelaide.

Townsend has made a major contribution to knowledge in the field of craniofacial biology through his teaching, supervision, curriculum innovation, consultancies and research publications with collaborators around the world. His research has had significant impact in the fields of dental genetics and dental anthropology, as well as in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics.

He has served on many editorial boards, including IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research, and has published more than 300 papers and book chapters over the past 35 years that have focused on clarifying the roles of genetic, epigenetic and environmental contributions to variation in the dento-facial structures. Townsend’s publications cover a wide range of topics within the field of craniofacial biology and many are based on two unique collections of human research material: the growth records collected during the 1960s and 1970s of a group of Australian Aboriginals living at Yuendumu in the Northern Territory of Australia; and the records of more than 1,200 pairs of Australian twins and their families collected by Townsend and his team since the early 1980s. His publications on applied anatomy have been particularly relevant to practicing dentists and his papers have appeared in various international refereed journals in the fields of physical anthropology, human and oral biology, craniofacial biology, and general dentistry, and have provided the foundation for many of the present molecular studies of dental development.

Supported by Dentsply Sirona, the Craniofacial Biology Research Award was established to recognize individuals who have contributed to the body of knowledge in craniofacial biology over a significant period of time, and whose research contributions have been accepted by the scientific community. It is one of the 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards and is one of the highest honors bestowed by IADR. The award consists of a monetary prize and a plaque.

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