Dr. Kato was selected for this Award for his innovative research on three topics: swallowing problems, tooth-grinding, and jaw-joint problems. These are clinical issues of great relevance to the general public. Tooth-grinding in particular can wear away the teeth, causing sensitivity and pain, as well as spoiling a person's smile, since the front teeth can be greatly reduced in height. It is re-assuring that a young researcher is investigating such practical problems which can be debilitating for the individuals suffering from them.
The IADR Young Investigator Award, supported by The Procter & Gamble Co., is designed to stimulate basic research in all dental disciplines. To be eligible for the award, the recipient must not have reached his/her 36th birthday at the time the award is presented. The award consists of a cash prize and plaque.
Dr. Kato received his award during the Opening Ceremonies of the IADR's 83rd General Session. One of 15 Distinguished Scientist Awards conferred annually by the IADR, the award represents the highest honor the IADR can bestow.