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Margaret R. Byers received 2019 AADR Honorary Membership

International & American Associations for Dental Research

Alexandria, Va., USA - The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) announced Margaret R. Byers, University of Washington, Seattle, USA is the 2019 recipient of AADR's Honorary Membership. Byers was recognized at the Opening Ceremonies of the 97th General Session & Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), held in conjunction with the 48th Annual Meeting of the AADR and the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR). The IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition is held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West Building in Vancouver, BC, Canada from June 19-22, 2019.

Byers is a research Professor Emeritus in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and in Biological Structure at the School of Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. Her research interests include: the neurobiology of peripheral sensory nerve fibers, especially those that cause pain; sensory functions in normal tissues; neural interactions with inflammation, wound healing, anesthetics and other clinical treatments; the development of teeth and their innervation; immune capabilities of tooth pulp cells and pulp/nerve interactions. She received the 1995 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Pulp Biology and served as an officer for the IADR Pulp Biology Group. Byers was also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Dental Research from 1997-2000.

"AADR is pleased to honor Margaret R. Byers," said AADR President Maria Ryan. "Byers serves as a model for contributions to dental research by a basic scientist located in a medical school setting. For decades she successfully sought out and engaged dental school faculty in endodontics,residents and dental students, as collaborators in her groundbreaking research on tooth innervation, pain and pulp biology."

AADR Honorary Membership is granted 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, oral and craniofacial research.


About the American Association for Dental Research

The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is a nonprofit organization with nearly 3,400 individual members dedicated to: (1) advancing research and increasing knowledge for the improvement of oral health, (2) supporting and representing the oral health research community, and (3) facilitating the communication and application of research findings. AADR is the largest Division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). To learn more, visit

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