Roger Fillingim, Ph.D., received a 2020 University of Florida Foundation Term Professorship Award, which was created in 2013 to invest in the research endeavors of UF faculty members whose work is transforming lives.
Only two UF faculty members receive this award each year and this is the first time a UF College of Dentistry researcher has been honored with this prestigious award since its inception.
“He is highly-deserving and I am very proud of him, his work and the fact that he represents our college. His work on pain research is respected across the nation and is a perfect fit for the intent of the UF Foundation’s aim to invest in the research endeavors of UF faculty members whose work is transforming lives,” said A. Isabel Garcia, D.D.S., M.P.H., dean.
Fillingim, a distinguished professor in the UF College of Dentistry Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, is the director of the UF Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence and joined UF in 2000. His research investigates biological, social, and psychological factors that may influence the experience of pain, perhaps the most widespread and expensive health problem in the United States. One major area of focus for Fillingim’s research is how women and men experience pain differently.
“I am very honored and humbled to have been selected for this award,” Fillingim said.
The UF Foundation awards two $25,000 term professorships annually, for the duration of three years. Awardees must have substantial research assignments and outstanding records of accomplishment.