Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research

Established in 1985 and presented every three years, the Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research honors individuals who, through basic or clinical research, have contributed to the advancement of the profession of dentistry or to major improvement in the oral health of the public. The Award is sponsored by the ADA together with Colgate.

Award Overview

The ADA Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research honors individuals who through basic or clinical research contribute to the advancement of the profession of dentistry or to major improvement in the oral health of the public.

The Gold Medal is awarded once every three years. The individual selected will receive $25,000 and a gold medallion at a formal presentation. All expenses for the recipient’s travel and lodging will be provided by the ADA. If eligible, the recipient will also serve a three-year term as a member of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. In addition, the recipient will select a fellowship recipient, who will receiving funding of $20,000 to support their own research.

Submission Instructions
Past recipients
2018: Dr. Ken Hargreaves

2015: Dr. Steven Offenbacher

2012: Dr. John S. Greenspan

2009: Dr. Harold C. Slavkin

2006: Dr. Lorne M. Golub

2003: Dr. Robert J. Gorlin

2000: Dr. William H. Bowen

1997: Dr. Takao Fusayama

1994: Dr. Harald Löe

1991: Dr. Robert J. Genco

1988: Dr. Basil G. Bibby

1985: Dr. Irwin D. Mandel
To nominate someone for the 2021 Gold Medal Award, click on the blue button above. You will be directed to an application form in which you will be asked to provide the following:
  • A formal letter of nomination.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • List of publications.

Nominations must be submitted by someone other than the person being nominated; self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominations are due by July 9, 2021. Questions can be directed to SRI@ADA.org.