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15 August, 2019 / infocus

Prestigious international honours for two professors

PROFESSOR Graham Ogden, of the University of Dundee, has been awarded the 2019 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Oral Medicine & Pathology Research, one of the highest awards in dental research.

Professor Ogden was presented with the accolade at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) 97th General Session
& Exhibition of the IADR, in Vancouver in June.

“I am deeply honoured to have received this award from IADR, which represents colleagues from around the world,” said Professor Ogden. “It is obviously very nice to be the focus of such recognition from one’s peers. It also shows the impact Dundee has made in dental research and the international reputation we hold.”

The Oral Medicine & Pathology Research Award is one of the highest honours bestowed by IADR. The award recognises outstanding and sustained peer-reviewed research that has contributed to the understanding of the mechanisms governing the health and disease of the oral cavity and associated structures, principally encompassing skin, bone and the oral soft tissue. The award consists of a monetary prize and a plaque.

Professor Ogden is Chair in Oral Surgery at the University and is also Dean of the Dental Faculty in the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons in Glasgow. He completed his PhD on cytoskeletal and nuclear morphology of normal and malignant oral epithelium at the University of Dundee and his post-doctoral research focused on the effect of alcohol on cell function and morphology. For raising public awareness and contributions to professional education on oral cancer, he received the 2012 Ian Stevenson Award for Public Engagement with Research. He won the Senior Colgate Prize in 1992, awarded by the British Society for Dental Research, and represented the United Kingdom as participant at the IADR Hatton Awards in 1993.

Peers’ recognition

Professor Mark Hector, Dean of the School of Dentistry at the University of Dundee since 2011, has been awarded Honorary Membership of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD) at its 27th congress in Cancun, Mexico. This is only the 19th time in its 50-year history that the IPAD has made this award, the highest honour that can be bestowed on a member.

Professor Hector said: “I am delighted to have received this honour from the IAPD, which represents more than 15,000 dentists around the world.”

Professor Hector was instrumental in securing the future of the association when he was first appointed to the board in 1989 as its secretary/treasurer, a post he held for nine years. He subsequently became the IAPD editor for the International Journal for Paediatric Dentistry and then president in 2009-11.

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