Congratulations to Robert Burne, Ph.D., a professor and chair of the Oral Biology department, who is the recipient of the 2009 Research in Dental Caries Award from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). The award will be presented during the IADR General Session & Exhibition in Miami, Fla., on April 1, 2009.
Burne received the honor in recognition for his work in oral microbiology, applying molecular biology and molecular genetic techniques to the study of oral pathogens and, in particular, to the physiology and pathogenesis of Streptococcus mutans.
Burne earned his bachelor’s degree in 1981 from Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pa., and his doctorate in 1987 from the University of Rochester, in Rochester, N.Y. He worked at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry from 1981 to 2001, when he joined the University of Florida College of Dentistry in his current position.
Burne has received several National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIH/NIDCR) R01 awards and has published more than 100 papers. Burne is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has also distinguished himself through service as president of the Microbiology and Immunology Section of the International Association for Dental Research, as a member of the NIDCR Caries Technical Advisory Panel, and as a member of the editorial board for the journal Infection and Immunity.
The Research in Dental Caries Award is one of the 16 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards and one of the highest honors bestowed by IADR. The award, consisting of a monetary prize and a plaque is supported by Johnson & Johnson Oral Health Products and is designed to stimulate and recognize outstanding and innovative achievements that have contributed to the basic understanding of caries etiology and/or to the prevention of dental caries.
About the International Association for Dental Research
The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with more than 11,300 individual members worldwide, dedicated to advancing research and increasing knowledge to improve oral health, supporting the oral health research community, and facilitating the communication and application of research findings for the improvement of oral health worldwide.