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AADR presents honorary membership to J. Bernard Machen

International & American Associations for Dental Research

Alexandria, Va., USA - The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) has announced J. Bernard Machen as the 2018 recipient of the AADR Honorary Membership.

He was recognized at the Opening Ceremonies of the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR), held in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR). The AADR/CADR Annual Meeting is in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., USA from March 21-24, 2018.

J. Bernard Machen received his bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University, his D.D.S. from Saint Louis University with his doctor of dental surgery degree in 1968, his M.S. in pediatric dentistry from the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. in educational psychology in 1974.

Machen was President of the University of Florida from 2004-2014 and served as President of the University of Utah from 1998-2004. Before those positions, he was employed in various capacities as professor and administrator by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Michigan. Additionally, he served in various ways with the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association of Dental Schools. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, was president of the American Association of Dental Schools and is a retired U.S. Army major.

"AADR is pleased to honor J. Bernard Machen for his dedication to public health," said AADR President Raul I. Garcia. "He was nominated for his innovative leadership in dental education, unwavering support for research and discovery science and for advancing the cause of low-income and minority students. AADR is proud to welcome Dr. Machen as a member."

AADR Honorary Membership is decided by the three most recent living AADR past presidents who are no longer serving on the Board, and given to a person who has made significant contributions to and/or supports dental research.


About the American Association for Dental Research

The American Association for Dental Research (AADR), headquartered in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit organization with over 3,400 members in the United States. Its mission is: (1) to advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health; (2) to support and represent the oral health research community; and (3) to facilitate the communication and application of research findings. AADR is the largest Division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). To learn more about the AADR, visit

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