William Landis Receives the 2017 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Basic Research in Biological Mineralization
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March 23, 2017
Alexandria, Va., USA - The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) presented William Landis with the 2017 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Basic Research in Biological Mineralization. He was recognized at the Opening Ceremonies of the 95th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in San Francisco, Calif., USA. This meeting is being held conjunction with the 46th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research and the 41st Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research.
Landis is G. Stafford Whitby professor of polymer science, Department of Polymer Science, University of Akron, Ohio, USA. He previously held faculty positions in orthopedic surgery and anatomy at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., USA, and in orthopedic surgery, biochemistry and molecular pathology at Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine, Rootstown, USA. He received his B.S. in physics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA; and his M.S. in biology and Ph.D. in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA.
Landis has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of biological mineralization in vertebrate, invertebrate and microbial systems. Central to his contributions has been the development of novel electron microscopic and crystallographic techniques and tomographic approaches to visualize mineralization. These technologies have allowed him to make a number of seminal findings including: the demonstration that hydroxyapatite crystals initially form within the hole zones of collagen fibrils in mineralizing tendons and bone, and that this mineral can in part be nucleated by charged amino acids within the collagen that align with hole zones; the visualization of bone phosphoproteins within mineralizing matrixes; and the demonstration that collagen defects in osteogenesis imperfecta manifest as defects in 3-D mineral structure.
The Basic Research in Biological Mineralization Award is generously supported by Unilever Oral Care. One of the 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards, it is one of the highest honors bestowed by IADR. The award consists of a monetary award and a plaque, and is designed to stimulate, encourage, and recognize basic research in the field of biological mineralization.
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