Due to the COVID-19, the 98th General Session of The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) in Washington, D.C. USA from 18 to 21 March, 2020 has been cancelled. Although the Faculty members are unable to attend the session, some of them were selected as recipients of IADR awards.
IADR Centennial Emerging Leaders Award
In recognition of his achievements in the advancement of dental, oral and craniofacial research, Dr Waruna L Dissanayaka, Research Assistant Professor in Biomedical and Tissue Engineering, won the Centennial Emerging Leaders Award.
The IADR, in celebration of its Centennial, launched the IADR Centennial Emerging Leaders Award to recognise young investigators "who will help guide the next century of discovery and innovation in the field of dental, oral and craniofacial research across the globe".
Dr Dissanayaka said he felt "honoured to have his work recognised by a prominent organization like IADR". He expresses his gratitude to his mentors and collaborators for the support and guidance. He is also thankful to Professor Zhang, Chengfei, Clinical Professor in Endodontics and Professor Professor Matinlinna, Jukka Pekka, Professor in Dental Materials Science who have been encouraging him and recommended him to IADR.
IADR Lion Dental Research Award
Dr Nadeem Bijle, PhD student in Paediatric Dentistry was a recipient for the 2020 IADR Lion Dental Research Award for Oral Health Research. This award was for the accepted abstract oral presentation entitled "A novel synbiotic-fluoride synergism for restoring oral ecological homeostasis". This is the first time that a member from the Faculty is winning the Award for Oral Health Research. Dr Bijle is delighted to receive the honour and he is thankful to his supervisor, Professor Cynthia Yiu, Clinical Professor in Paediatric Dentistry for her guidance and support. In addition, he would also like to thank his co-supervisors: Professor Edward Lo, Professor, Chair of Dental Public Health and Dr Manikandan Ekambaram, Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry from the University of Otago.
IADR KULZER Travel Award
With the project title "Synthesis and characterisation of fluoridated silver nanoparticles and its potential as a non-staining anti-caries agent", Xiaoxue Yin, PhD Candidate in Cariology, won the IADR KULZER Travel Award. She is glad to know the news and she sincerely appreciates the support from her supervisor Professor CH Chu, Clinical Professor in Cariology and co-supervisors Professor QL Li, Dr ML Mei and Dr IS Zhao.
IADR/Colgate Research in Prevention Travel Award
From Paediatric Dentistry, Dr Zhou Li's presentation on "A novel hydroxyapatite-binding antimicrobial peptide phosphoserine-histatin 5 for caries prevention" won the IADR Colgate Research in Prevention Travel Award. "I feel so excited when I received the email from IADR." said Dr Li. She thanks the supports and guidance from her primary supervisor Dr Gloria Wong and co-supervisor Professor Quan Li Li. "They are always kind and patient for my research. Without them, I would not have this opportunity to get this award."
Another recipient, Jingyang Zhang, PhD Candidate in Dental Public Health, has awarded with the IADR/Colgate Research in Prevention Travel Award with her project "Povidone Iodine and NaF Varnish versus Silver Fluoride in Preventing Root Caries." Zhang sends her gratuity to her primary supervisor, Professor Edward Lo, Professor, Chair of Dental Public Health, for his continuous guidance since her the first day of her PhD study. In addition, she would like to thank her co-supervisor, Dr Katherine Leung, Clinical Associate Professor in Prosthodontics, as well as Professor CH Chu, Clinical Professor in Cariology and Professor May Wong, Professor in Dental Public Health who had built the project. The research team’s effort is also appreciated.
Kudos to the abovementioned winners! The Faculty wish to see more members to shine locally and internationally.
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