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2002: Professor Tom Van Dyke receives prestigious American Dental Association Award for Excellence in Clinical Research

Thomas VanKykeThomas Van Dyke, DDS, MS, Ph.D, has received the prestigious 2002 Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research by the American Dental Association.

For more than twenty years, Dr. Van Dyke has studied the structural and functional relationship of the inflammatory process by pinpointing the complex interactions between phagocytic cells and their environment, particularly microorganisms in periodontal and other infectious diseases. His work and research has significantly contributed to understanding the pathogenesis of localized juvenile periodontitis.

The annual Ross award recognizes a researcher who has made significant contributions in clinical investigations that have advanced the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of oral disease. The Association sponsors the award through the ADA Health Foundation with the support of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. The award honors the memory of Dr. Norton M. Ross, a dentist and pharmacologist who contributed significantly to the fields of oral medicine and dental clinical research.

Professor VanDyke is the Executive Director of IAP.

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