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Standards award named for John Stanford, Ph.D.

February 06, 2012

By Jean Williams, ADA News staff

Dr. Stanford

Honoring the contributions of one of its most vital figures, the ADA Standards Program has established the John W. Stanford New Investigator Award. Dental students and new dentists working on original research in the realm of dental standards may apply for the new award through Aug. 31.

Dr. Stanford, who died in February 2011, was a 40-year ADA employee and played a pivotal part in standards setting and development. He is credited with establishing the ADA’s current standards program.

The new investigator award will annually pay homage to Dr. Stanford’s legacy and underscore the crucial role that dental standards play in patient health and safety and in the efficacy of dental products.

Dental students or dentists who received their D.D.S. or D.M.D. degrees no more than five years prior to the time of selection are eligible to submit applications. Submissions must be original research that addresses some aspect of the use of standards in dental research or clinical application.

The winner will be notified in December and will receive airfare and accommodation to present the winning research at the March 2013 ADA Standards Committee annual meeting in Seattle, Washington.

For more information about the award and the ADA Standards Programs, visit Contact Kathy Medic with questions at 1-312-440-2533 or email