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Dr. Robert Weyant earns inaugural ADA/AADR EBD Faculty Award

October 20, 2014

By Jean Williams

ADA President Charles Norman, Dr. Robert Weyant, AADR President Timothy DeRousen
Supporting evidence: Dr. Robert Weyant, center, is the first recipient of the ADA/AADR Evidence-Based Dentistry Faculty Award. Dr. Weyant poses with then-ADA President Charles Norman, left, and AADR President Timothy DeRouen. Photo by EZ Event Photography
San Antonio
— The ADA and American Association for Dental Research awarded the ADA/AADR Evidence-Based Dentistry Faculty Award, a new joint honor, to longtime evidence-based dentistry advocate Dr. Robert Weyant Oct. 8 at the AADR's Fall Focused Symposium, which preceded ADA 2014.

"I am deeply honored to receive this award.  To be recognized by my peers and colleagues is humbling," Dr. Weyant said.

The award acknowledges a dental faculty member who has made significant contributions to implement and advance evidence-based dentistry. As the recipient, Dr. Weyant received a $1,000 award.

Dr. Weyant is a professor and associate dean for Dental Public Health and Community Outreach at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He also is a longtime lecturer at the annual ADA Evidence-Based Dentistry Champion Conference, held annually at ADA Headquarters.

The inaugural ADA/AADR Evidence-Based Dentistry Faculty Award is an important honor to introduce to EBD, Dr. Weyant said.

"This award brings attention to the area of evidence-based dentistry, an area that I am strongly committed to seeing expand in scope within dental schools and in clinical practice," he said. "By acknowledging faculty who support the teaching and research associated with EBD, I believe that it will add to the visibility and importance placed on EBD in the dental school curriculum. Teaching EBD in dental schools is key to ensuring that the profession remains evidence-based into the future."

Timothy A. DeRouen, Ph.D., AADR president, also considers the award an important one in dentistry, especially for strengthening the relationship between the co-creators.

"It signifies a collaboration between the ADA and the AADR — between practice and research," Dr. DeRouen said. "It helps to solidify ties between one organization, the ADA, whose primary focus is on practice and practitioners, and AADR, whose primary focus is on research in dentistry."

Dr. DeRouen was part of the committee that selected Dr. Weyant as the award's first recipient.  "It's clear that he's been a leader in this area for some time," Dr. DeRouen said. "He's been involved in teaching others about principles of evidence-based research and evidence-based dentistry for some time, and has been a leader in the science of evidence-based dentistry as far as understanding what kind of evidence needs to be developed and understanding what kind of information is needed to convince practitioners that they need to rely on this evidence to change their practice, if that's what's called for."