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Leaders in Evidence-Based Dentistry Honored

October 12, 2018

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HONOLULU — The American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) announced today the winners of the annual evidence-based dentistry awards. They are awarded to educators and clinicians who have made significant contributions to implement and advance evidence-based dentistry. The winners will receive their awards at ADA 2018 – America’s Dental Meeting.

Richard Niederman, D.M.D., will receive the 2018 Accomplished Faculty Award. Dr. Niederman is a professor and the chair of the department of epidemiology and health promotion at New York University’s School of Dentistry. He is also the co-director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Quality-Improvement, Evidence-Based Dentistry. Dr. Niederman is the founding US editor of the journal Evidence-Based Dentistry, co-author of the book Evidence-based Dentistry and author of more than 100 peer reviewed scientific articles.  

Vineet Dhar, B.D.S., M.D.S., Ph.D., will receive the 2018 Mid-Career Faculty Award. Dr. Dhar is a clinical professor and chair of orthodontics and pediatric dentistry at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He is also the graduate program director in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Dhar has served on the ADA Sealant Guidelines Panel and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Vital Pulp Therapies Guidelines Panel.

Elliot Abt, D.D.S., M.S., M.Sc., will receive the 2018 Practitioner Award. Dr. Abt operates a private practice in Skokie, Illinois, and is an adjunct associate professor of oral medicine at the University of Illinois. He also teaches research methodology and biostatistics at the ADA evidence-based dentistry workshops. Dr. Abt has co-authored several ADA clinical practice guidelines and previously served as chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. 

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 American Association for Dental Research
The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is the largest Division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), with more than 3,300 members in the United States. To learn more, visit IADR/AADR jointly own and publish the Journal of Dental Research and JDR Clinical & Translational Research through SAGE Publishing.