Gary Weisman to Receive the 2016 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Salivary Research

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June 21, 2016

Alexandria, Va., USA - The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) will present Gary Weisman with the 2016 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Salivary 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.

Weisman is a professor of biochemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA. He earned his B.S. in chemistry/pre-medicine at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York, USA; and his Ph.D. in chemistry/biochemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.

Weisman was a pioneer in the study of purinergic receptor biology and continues to be a recognized leader in the field. He was the first to clone and functionally express the nucleotide P2Y2 and P2Y4 receptors, and has published more than 120 papers that provide detailed mechanistic descriptions of the properties and activities of these molecules. His contribution to this field can be measured not only by his extensive and high quality publication record, but also by the fact that he has focused his efforts and attention on the study of the G-protein-coupled P2 receptors for more than 25 years. His studies on salivary glands have been published in more than a dozen reports in highly ranked journals, and range from normal physiological functions in the salivary glands, to recognition of a central role in Sjögren’s disease, to critical signaling steps in tissue regeneration. Collectively, his investigations have provided significant insights to salivary gland biology and have revealed the prominent role played by the P2 receptors in several clinically relevant processes.

The IADR Salivary Research Award, supported by the Wm. Wrigley, Jr. Company, was designed to stimulate and recognize outstanding and innovative achievements that have contributed to the basic understanding of the salivary gland structure, secretion, and function, or salivary composition and function. It consists of a monetary prize and a plaque, and is one of the 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards, representing one of the highest honors bestowed by the IADR.

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