Panos N. Papapanou Receives the 2017 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Basic Research in Periodontal Disease


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March 23, 2017

Alexandria, Va., USA - The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) presented Panos N. Papapanou with the 2017 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Basic Research in Periodontal Disease. 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.

Papapanou is professor of dental medicine at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, New York City, N.Y., USA. There, he is also director, Division of Periodontics and chairman, Section of Oral, Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in periodontics from the Faculty of Odontology, Göteborg University, Sweden and his D.D.S. from the School of Dentistry, University of Athens, Greece. He completed his postdoctoral training in oral microbiology at The Forsyth Institute, Boston, Mass., USA, and was awarded his D.D.S. from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery.

Papapanou has contributed clinical, basic and translational research to the science of periodontology. His early publications out of the University of Göteborg focused on periodontal disease epidemiology with special emphasis on population treatment needs and determinants of disease progression. Throughout the past decade, he has pioneered the use of gingival tissue transcriptomes in the pathobiology and classification of periodontitis. He currently works on the identification and validation of master regulators that account for the conversion from periodontal health to disease as well on bioinformatics algorithms that will allow the integration of genomic and epigenetic data in the study of the pathobiology of periodontitis.

He has received several research awards, including the 2015 IADR/AADR William J. Gies Award for his work on molecular differences in chronic and aggressive periodontitis.

The Basic Research in Periodontal Disease Award is generously supported by Colgate-Palmolive Company. 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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