Ophir Klein Receives the 2017 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Craniofacial Biology Research


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March 23, 2017 - Alexandria, Va., USA - The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) presented Ophir Klein with the 2017 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Craniofacial Biology 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.

Klein is the Larry L. Hillblom distinguished professor in craniofacial anomalies and the Charles J. Epstein professor in craniofacial anomalies at the University of California, San Francisco, USA. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and his Ph.D. and M.D. from Yale University, New Haven, Conn., USA.

Since launching his independent laboratory, Klein has built an international reputation in stem cell biology, with a particular focus on craniofacial development and regeneration. Ophir’s most important research accomplishment to date has been pioneering a new mammalian stem cell system. He set out to identify and characterize a novel population of stem cells in the continuously-growing rodent incisor, with the expectation that this system will provide both important fundamental insights as well as help to lay the foundation for future therapeutic approaches. His work has provided novel insights into both the developmental regulation and regenerative capacity of these novel stem cells. Ophir’s elegant work utilizes in vivo lineage tracing and functional analyses in combination with evolutionary and comparative approaches to elucidate how epithelial stem cells function and how they arose in ancestral species.

Supported by Dentsply Sirona, the Craniofacial Biology Research Award was established to recognize individuals who have contributed to the body of knowledge in craniofacial biology over a significant period of time, and whose research contributions have been accepted by the scientific community. It is one of the 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards and is one of the highest honors bestowed by IADR. The award consists of a monetary prize and a plaque.

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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