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Dr. Hatice Hasturk Earns 2020–2021 Norton M. Ross Award

October 11, 2021

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CHICAGO, Oct. 11, 2021 — The American Dental Association announced today that Dr. Hatice Hasturk has been named the 2020–2021 recipient of the ADA Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research. The ADA has presented the annual award, through the generous support of Johnson & Johnson, since 1991 to recognize investigators whose research has significantly impacted some aspect of clinical dentistry. 

Dr. Hasturk has served as a dentist and clinical scientist for more than 30 years. She has authored more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including work on the relationship between periodontitis and heart disease, as well as between periodontitis and type 2 diabetes. Since September 2017, she has served as director of the Forsyth Institute’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research. In 2019, Dr. Hasturk coauthored a paper concerning the potential link between periodontitis and Alzheimer’s disease. She is an adjunct associate professor at the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine and diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.

According to ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D., Dr. Hasturk’s research into some of dentistry’s most pressing issues has opened new avenues for treating oral disease. In a letter to Dr. Hasturk announcing the honor, Dr. Klemmedson said the award “is a testament to your prolific research career.” He added, “As director of the Forsyth Institute’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research, you have established a world-renowned research facility with a reputation for high-quality clinical work.”

Dr. Hasturk received $5,000 and a commemorative plaque during a ceremony at SmileCon™.

“I am truly honored and humbled to receive such a prestigious award as a recognition of my dedication to clinical and translational research,” said Hatice Hasturk, D.D.S., Ph.D. “I am very fortunate to work with a wonderful team, colleagues and students who all have contributed to the success of our Center for Clinical and Translational Research at the Forsyth Institute. I have a deep passion for oral biology and dental research, overall public health and the education of our young generation of dentists. The Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research recognition motivates me further to continue with this passion.”

Editor’s Note: Reporters are invited to follow the ADA on Twitter @AmerDentalAssn and #SmileCon2021 for updates from SmileCon 

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