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Newell Johnson received 2019 Global Oral Health Research Award

International & American Associations for Dental Research

Alexandria, Va., USA - The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) announced Newell Johnson, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia, as the 2019 recipient of Global Oral Health Research Award. Johnson was recognized at the Opening Ceremonies of the 97th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR, held in conjunction with the 48th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (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.

Johnson is a Professor Emeritus at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia who has nearly 60 years' experience in basic and translational research worldwide. His research covers epidemiology, aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnostic markers and management of common and serious oral/head and neck diseases, particularly dental caries, periodontal diseases, head and neck cancer and HIV/AIDS.

Johnson has spent extensive periods performing field research in both crowded cities and in rural and remote parts of the country, in Australia, Sudan, Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Philippines and Colombia.

The Global Oral Health Research Award is supported by GlaxoSmithKline. One of the 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards, it is one of the highest honors bestowed by IADR. The IADR Global Oral Health Research Award honors IADR and AADR Past President John Greenspan, who is the founding President of the IADR Global Oral Health Inequalities Research Network and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health's Global Oral Health Interest Group. The award consists of a monetary award and a plaque and recognizes research that addresses inequalities in global oral health.


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