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Marianne Bronner named 2024 Recipient of AADOCR Honorary Membership

Grant and Award Announcement

International Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research

Alexandria, VA – The American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) has announced Marianne Bronner as the 2024 recipient of the Honorary Membership. Bronner, from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, was recognized during the Opening Ceremonies of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the AADOCR, which was held in conjunction with the 102nd General Session of the International Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research and the 48th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research, on March 13-16, 2024 in New Orleans, LA.

Bronner is a pioneer in craniofacial development biology, with a focus on how neural crest cells journey through the embryo. Her work had substantial influence on craniofacial research and was foundational on its translation to oral health care.

Bronner’s first breakthrough was in 1988 in collaboration with her husband, Dr. Scott Fraser. They labeled a neural crest precursor cell in the chicken embryo using dye and an adaptation of an electrophysiological technique used for recording neural activity and saw that individual neural crest cells could give rise to multiple cell types, demonstrating that they were multipotent. Her lab is still studying the mechanism of neural crest cell induction and its underlying gene regulation.

Honorary Members are non-members, selected based on the candidate’s significant contribution to, or support of, dental, oral, or craniofacial research.

About AADOCR

The American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research is a nonprofit organization with a mission to drive dental, oral, and craniofacial research to advance health and well-being. AADOCR represents the individual scientists, clinician-scientists, dental professionals, and students based in academic, government, non-profit and private-sector institutions who share our mission. AADOCR is the largest division of the International Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research. Learn more at www.aadocr.org.


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