Dr. Meurman has spent over 30 years investigating preventive dentistry, oral epidemiology, oral microbiology and pathology, with special emphasis on the role of oral infections in medically compromised patients. He has been at the forefront of identifying oral complications of systemic diseases, particularly head and neck cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic gastrointestinal diseases, diabetes, rheumatological and renal diseases. Since most of these conditions affect the elderly, Dr. Meurman's findings have had significant implications for the identification and treatment of oral-facial disorders in geriatric populations. His work in the development and application of molecular biological techniques for detecting oral pathogens from saliva and oral mucosal tissue samples has allowed scientists to simplify and enhance diagnosis of oral and systemic conditions. He is the recipient of numerous international awards for his clinical, teaching, and research contributions.
The award, funded by Sunstar Butler, was established to stimulate, encourage, and recognize outstanding research accomplishments in the field of geriatric oral research, especially research in the basic and clinical epidemiological sciences associated with geriatric oral research. It is one of 15 Distinguished Scientist Awards conferred annually, representing the highest honor the IADR can bestow.
The Award consists of a cash prize and plaque and was presented to Dr. Meurman during the Opening Ceremonies of the IADR's 83rd General Session, convening here at the Baltimore Convention Center.