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Leaders in Evidence-Based Dentistry Honored

October 16, 2017

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ATLANTA, Oct. 16, 2017 — The American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) announced today the winners of their annual evidence-based dentistry awards. The awards are presented to educators and clinicians who have made significant contributions to implement and advance evidence-based dentistry. The winners will receive their awards at ADA 2017 – America’s Dental Meeting.

Dr. Jane Forrest will receive the 2017 Evidence-Based Dentistry Accomplished Faculty Award. Dr. Forrest, a professor at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California, teaches evidence-based dentistry to dental residents, hygiene students and dental students. Additionally, she has developed and implemented faculty development workshops at the university and has been the lead author of two textbooks about evidence-based dentistry. 

Dr. Jaana Gold will receive the 2017 Evidence-Based Dentistry Mid-Career Faculty Award. Dr. Gold is the director of evidence-based dentistry at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, where she leads a widely acclaimed introductory course for second-year dental students and an elective course for third- and fourth-year students. She is also an online instructor at A.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Health Studies and is a published researcher. 

Dr. Ben Balevi will receive the 2017 Evidence-Based Dentistry Practice Award. Dr. Balevi operates a private practice in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has published five critical summaries on the ADA’s Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry website, conducted his own research and given several presentations on evidence-based dentistry throughout his career. 

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 163,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website

About the International and American Associations for Dental Research
The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with more than 10,500 individual members worldwide, dedicated to: (1) advancing research and increasing knowledge for the improvement of oral health worldwide, (2) supporting and representing the oral health research community, and (3) facilitating the communication and application of research findings. To learn more, visit The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is the largest Division of IADR, with more than 3,700 members in the United States. To learn more, visit IADR/AADR jointly own and publish through SAGE Publishing Journal of Dental Research and JDR Clinical & Translational Research.