Dr. Naert's research has spanned long-term human clinical studies on implant-supported prostheses to biomechanical studies using photo-elasticity, strain gauges, and finite element analysis. He also has studied individual implant designs, including the effects of implant surface coatings. The results of his numerous studies have been extensively documented in peer-reviewed journals and have had a beneficial effect on the practice of implant dentistry. Dr. Naert has had a long and productive career and has made numerous contributions to prosthodontics.
Supported by Procter & Gamble Denture Care and given in memory of Willard J Tarbet, this award was established to encourage and give recognition to outstanding research accomplishments in the field of prosthodontics. The Research in Prosthodontics and Implants Award is one of the 15 Distinguished Scientist Awards conferred annually by the IADR, representing the highest honor the IADR can bestow.