Antonio Nanci to Receive the 2016 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Research in Oral Biology

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June 21, 2016                                                                                                           

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

Nanci is a professor at the University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Nanci laboratory was the first to apply high resolution and quantitative colloidal gold immunolabeling to the characterization of calcified tissues. The first such study on the distribution of amelogenin in tooth enamel provided new information on the intracellular trafficking and extracellular distribution of this unique noncollagenous matrix protein (NCP). It also paved the way for analyses of NCP’s in bone, cementum and dentin. In the early 1990’s, the laboratory was instrumental in characterizing the distribution of a 65kDa chicken bone phosphoprotein, now known to be osteopontin. Several other studies followed on this NCP and its sister protein, bone sialoprotein.

In 2003, Nanci authored and edited “Ten Cate's Oral Histology: Development, Structure, and Function”, which is a widely used oral histology textbook. It is translated in several languages and serves as a reference text for dental board exams. Nanci’s teachings, research, and his textbook play an important role in the transfer of knowledge in the area of oral health sciences, influencing the training of past, present and future generations students and researchers throughout the world.

Sponsored by Church & Dwight Company, the Research in Oral Biology Award 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 plaque and recognizes outstanding research in the field of oral biology.

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