Heikki Murtomaa Receives the 2017 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research


IADR contact: Ingrid L. Thomas
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March 23, 2017

Alexandria, Va., USA - The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) presented Heikki Murtomaa with the 2017 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research. 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. 

Murtomaa is professor and chair, oral public health, Institute of Dentistry, University of Helsinki, Finland. He received his D.D.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Helsinki, and his M.P.H. from Harvard University, Boston, Mass., USA.

Throughout his career, Murtomaa has contributed substantially to better scientific understanding of epidemiology of major dental diseases and risk factors related to them. Murtomaa, with his international team, has been studying research problems and assessing self-care and oral health behavior through community trials to enhance individuals’ oral self-care and to facilitate health care policymaking. He has also studied the adoption of oral health habits among preadolescents in different environments to shed more light to understand behavioral aspects in dentistry and thus facilitate better education of dental professionals.

The Behavioral, Epidemiological and Health Services Research Award is generously supported by Unilever Oral Care and is designed to stimulate and recognize outstanding achievements in the areas of behavioral science and health services research as they relate to dentistry. The award consists of a monetary prize and a plaque and is one of the 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards, 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.


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