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Dr. Nathaniel Lawson Awarded Inaugural 3M Innovative Research Fellowship

October 16, 2017

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ATLANTA, Oct. 16, 2017 — The American Dental Association (ADA) announced today that Dr. Nathaniel Lawson, Ph.D., has been awarded the inaugural 3M Innovative Research Fellowship. Supported by 3M Oral Care, this fellowship is designed to encourage and engage researchers who are innovating and leading the way to advance dental materials science. The focus of the program is to encourage future-oriented pathways and methods in dental research. Dr. Lawson will receive $10,000 for the two-year fellowship. 

Dr. Lawson is a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry and serves as the principal investigator on more than $560,000 of industry-sponsored research grants and several other academic and foundation-funded grants. After just three years in academia, he has served as an investigator on 32 research grants with a diverse research portfolio that includes biomaterials, tissue engineering and longitudinal outcomes of dental therapies. He has also published 39 peer-reviewed publications and authored 12 trade journal articles, several poster and scientific presentations and chapters in three texts. 

Dr. Lawson was nominated by his colleagues Drs. Mia Geisinger, D.D.S., M.S., and Paul Eleazer, D.D.S., M.S. “In his short academic career, Nate has developed a deserved reputation as a stellar researcher,” they wrote. “He has also been instrumental in creating a bridge between the ‘old guard’ faculty and the new dentists and student doctors not only at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, but nationwide. We cannot think of a better individual to receive the inaugural 3M Innovative Research Fellowship than Dr. Lawson.”

“We are excited to support the inaugural 3M Innovation Fellowship to advance and encourage research in dental materials science and want to extend our congratulations to Dr. Lawson on this well-deserved fellowship award,” said James Ingebrand, vice president, Oral Care Solutions Division of 3M.

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