Junji Tagami Receives the 2017 IADR Wilmer Souder Award
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March 23, 2017
Alexandria, Va., USA - The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) presented Junji Tagami with the 2017 IADR Wilmer Souder Award. 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 in 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.
Tagami is the chairman of the Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU), Japan, where he is also a professor of cariology and operative dentistry. He is also the executive director and executive vice president of TMDU. He received his D.D.S., and Ph.D. from Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan.
Tagami’s principal research interest concerns dental adhesive technology. His fundamental studies on the mechanisms of adhesion to tooth tissue have greatly contributed to the development of the ‘self-etch’ bonding approach in the early 1990s. Under his supervision, his research lab has conducted research toward improved bond durability. This is partially based on a new concept to establish an acid-resistant zone of dentin, often by the group being referred to as “Super Tooth.”
He has guided his research group to conduct research on clinical factors of importance with regard to the clinical longevity of adhesive direct and indirect restorations. His basic starting point to design experiments has always been to provide scientific evidence to answer clinically relevant research questions. Most recently, his research team introduced the use of Optical Coherent Tomography to study different topics in dental materials and restorative dentistry sciences.
As chair of the Cariology and Operative Dentistry Department of TMDU, he has supervised more than 150 graduate Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers from Japan and abroad, some of whom have been appointed to academic professor positions.
Supported by an endowment provided by the IADR Dental Materials Group, this is the oldest of the 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards and consists of a monetary prize and a plaque. The award honors Dr. Wilmer Souder, the motivating force in establishing the Dental Section at the National Bureau of Standards, and is designed to encourage interest in dental materials research. It 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 11,000 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.