Awards: Dentistry faculty internationally recognized for oral health research


Congratulations to Drs. Walter Siqueira and Jeffrey Dixon who received international recognition for their work in Dental Research.

Dr. Walter Siqueira received the International & American Associations for Dental Research (IADR) 2019 Salivary Research Award. This award was designed to stimulate and recognize outstanding and innovative achievements that have contributed to the basic understanding of the salivary gland structure, secretion, and function, or salivary composition and function. It is one of 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards, representing one of the highest honors bestowed by the IADR.

IADR recognized Dr. Siqueira for his scientific excellence which is reflected by his many outstanding publications and consistent success in obtaining funding for his work. He has published more than 85 papers and has served on numerous editorial boards. Dr. Siqueira received the 2012 Salivary Researcher of the Year award from the IADR Salivary Research Group and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award.

“Without question, this is one of the most prestigious International awards in oral health research,” said Dr. Siqueira. “I’m pleased that this award recognizes my dedication to oral health research and also positions Schulich Dentistry internationally as a centre of excellence in salivary research.”

Also honoured by IADR, Dr. Dixon was awarded the 2019 Distinguished Service Award.

His career-spanning research has focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the resorption and formation of mineralized tissues in development, during orthodontic tooth movement and in inflammatory diseases such as periodontitis and rheumatoid arthritis. He is a member of the IADR Mineralized Tissue Group, a member of the Journal of Dental Research Editorial Board and has received the Canadian Association for Dental Research Award of Merit.

"S. Jeffrey Dixon is receiving this award in recognition for his outstanding contributions to the CADR and IADR, to the Journal of Dental Research and in appreciation of his generous leadership and service within the Mineralized Tissue Group," said IADR President Rena D'Souza.

Both Drs. Dixon and Siqueira were presented their awards as part of the IADR General Session and Exhibition in Vancouver on June 19.