Dr Hylander has made seminal contributions to modern experimental studies of bone adaptation, craniofacial evolution, and masticatory function. He pioneered the use of foil strain gauges bonded to the skull to investigate the mechanics of the mandible and the temporomandibular joint. He was the first to demonstrate in vivo loading of the jaw joint. He clarified the function of the mandibular symphysis and brow ridges and determined correlations between muscle activity and bone deformation. The techniques and approaches he developed have been widely applied in craniofacial biology, and his eminence has already been recognized by a variety of awards, including the highly prized Merit Award from the NIH.
The Craniofacial Biology Research Award, supported by BioMimetic Pharmaceuticals and Osteohealth Company, 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 consists of a cash prize and plaque, and represents one of the highest honors the IADR can bestow.
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