IADR to Award an Honorary Membership to Sir Mark Walport

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June 21, 2016

Alexandria, Va., USA – The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) has announced that Sir Mark Walport is the recipient of the 2016 IADR Honorary Membership. 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.

Walport is the United Kingdom government chief scientific adviser (GCSA) and head of the Government Office for Science, London, England, UK. He was appointed to both positions in April 2013. As GCSA, Walport is co-chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology and advises the government on aspects of policy on science and technology, and ensures and improves the quality and use of scientific evidence and advice in Government Office for Science.

Walport served previously as director of the Wellcome Trust (2003-2013), which is a major medical research charity with a global reach. In that capacity he was a strong supporter of UK oral and dental research and made a major contribution to UK oral and dental research strategy. He received a knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours for services to medical research and was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society in 2011.

“IADR is pleased to present Sir Walport with an honorary membership and to welcome him to the Association as a member,” said IADR President Marc Heft. “He has worked diligently to promote oral health in the UK and we applaud him for his successful efforts.”

The IADR Honorary Membership is decided by the three most recent living IADR past presidents who are no longer serving on the Board and given to a person who has made significant contributions to and/or supports dental research. IADR is proud to recognize Sir Mark Walport commitment to improving the quality of global health.

About the International and American Associations for Dental Research
The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with nearly 10,500 individual members worldwide, dedicated to: (1) advancing research and increasing knowledge for the improvement of oral health worldwide, (2) supporting and representing the oral health research community, and (3) facilitating the communication and application of research findings. To learn more, visit www.iadr.org.

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