Jill Helms to Receive the 2016 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award - Isaac Schour Memorial Award

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June 21, 2016

Alexandria, Va., USA - The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) will present Jill Helms with the 2016 Distinguished Scientist Award - Isaac Schour Memorial Award. She 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.

Helms is a professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, at Stanford University

School of Medicine, California, USA. She earned a D.D.S. at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA; a clinical certificate and Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA; and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.

Her research program in the field of regeneration medicine is inspired by collaborations with experts in bioengineering, materials science and physics, and with colleagues in the life sciences. Her lab focuses on developing strategies to improve tissue healing through the re-activation of autologous stem cells. Her lab is also developing clinically relevant methods to drive the self-renewal and proliferation of adult stem cells in the context of wound repair.

Helms is also an enthusiastic mentor for programs that introduce young men and women from underrepresented ethnicities to the sciences. Through teamwork, lectures and hands-on experiences with real-world problems, students are able to learn what a career in biomedical research entails.

In addition to receiving the 2016 IADR Isaac Schour Memorial Award, she was the recipient of the 2013 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Craniofacial Biology Research.

Funded through a generous endowment provided by Dr. Bernard G. Sarnat, a former graduate student of Isaac Schour, and Rhoda G. Sarnat through the Sarnat Family Foundation, the Isaac Schour Memorial Award consists of a monetary prize and plaque and recognizes outstanding scientific contributions in the anatomical sciences, including tissue engineering, tissue regeneration, and stem cell research as it relates to the oral, dental, or craniofacial complex. It is one of the 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards and is one of the highest honors bestowed by IADR.

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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