Noted educator and researcher Harold Slavkin, D.D.S., is the 2009 recipient of the ADA's Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research.
Dr. Slavkin will receive $25,000 and a gold medallion at a formal presentation October 2 during the ADA's annual session in Honolulu. Dr. Slavkin also can serve a three-year term on the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs.
Established in 1985 and presented once every three years, the award honors individuals who contribute to the advancement of the profession of dentistry or who help improve the oral health of the community through basic or clinical research. The ADA and Church & Dwight jointly sponsor the award.
Dr. Slavkin served as dean of the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dentistry from August 2000 until his retirement in December 2008. Currently on sabbatical, he plans to return to USC in early 2010 to resume being part of the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology (of which he is the founding director) and teaching in the graduate school and dental school. Prior to becoming dean, Dr. Slavkin served as the sixth director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health.
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