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Supported by John Wiley and Sons, Ltd., the publisher of “Orthodontics and Craniofacial Research”


Deadline: January 17, 2022


The Orthodontic & Craniofacial Clinical and Translational Research Award will be presented to a young investigator for outstanding clinical and/or translational research as demonstrated by their abstract, supplemental information and research poster presentation at the 2021 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition in Boston, Massachusetts



This new Clinical and Translational Research Award will be presented by the IADR Craniofacial Biology Research Group in Boston, USA. The award competition is open to residents in a Certificate and/or MS-degree program, PhD candidates, and post-doctoral fellows.  

To be eligible for the award, applicants must:

  1. Submit their abstract online to the IADR General Session in Boston, USA through the IADR abstract submission portal to any special interest group by the deadline (January 17, 2022*),
  2. Submit the required supplemental materials directly to the specified Craniofacial Biology Research Group officer no later than January 17, 2022 (details below), and
  3. Must be a current member of both the IADR and Craniofacial Biology Research Group.**

*The IADR reserves the right to extend the abstract submission period.  If an extension is issued for abstract submissions, the Craniofacial Biology group will use the new submission deadline.

**All IADR members have the opportunity to join more than one special interest group. To be eligible for this award program, the applicant must be a member of the Craniofacial Biology Group by the time of the application. Individuals interested in this award program who are not members of the Craniofacial Biology Group yet are invited to become a member of the Craniofacial Biology Group.  Remember that all IADR student member must join at least one Group/Network and may join up to a total of three Groups/Networks at no charge.

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Five finalists will be chosen from among the applicant pool based on the contents of their abstract and supplemental information.  The finalists will be selected by a selection panel comprised of the executive officers and directors of the IADR Craniofacial Biology Research group.  Finalists will present their research and compete for the award in a poster format on first day of the IADR General Session. 

The winner will be awarded $700 USD and a certificate of award.

This new award program will require a minimum of three applicants for the competition to take place. Only trainees attending a higher academic institution will be eligible to apply for this award. Post-doctoral fellows must be within 5 years of their Ph.D. graduation to be eligible.  Applicants may only apply to one competition sponsored by the Craniofacial Biology Group and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

The following individuals are NOT eligible to apply to this competition (but may be listed as co-authors involved in the research): 1) Faculty members, 2) Current officers of the IADR Craniofacial Biology Research Group and/or 2) previous award winners of this awards program.


Application Process:

Applicants must submit their abstract to the IADR General Session & Exhibition using standard abstract submission process, and the submission must adhere to the normal IADR abstract format. Please visit for more information.

In addition to completing their abstract submission on the IADR website* and being a member of the Craniofacial Biology Group, applicants must email the following 3 documents to the Immediate Past-President of the IADR Craniofacial Biology Group by January 17, 2022

Dr. Lorri Ann Morford

  1. A one-page biography or CV containing the following information: name, date of birth, undergraduate and postgraduate studies completed, the name of your primary research mentor for the submitted work, and a list of your research publications.
  2. A one-page recommendation letter written by your primary research mentor (or the head of the research core/center at the applicant’s school or university, i.e., an Associate Dean of Research).
  3. A detailed project report written by the applicant (maximum 4 double-spaced pages) with the following 6 sections:
Section 1.   Abstract (same as submitted through the IADR website); *Not included in page limit.
Section 2.   Introduction: including a literature review, rationale/hypothesis, and concise aim statement
Section 3.  Methodology
Section 4.  Results: main findings, statistical data (Up to 4 figures and/or tables can follow the reference section with their legend(s); they are not included in the 4 double-spaced page limit)
Section 5.  Conclusions: including comments on the impact/innovation concerning clinical and/or translational sciences within the IADR Craniofacial Biology Group Research scope
Section 6: Bibliographic references. *Not included in page limit.

Judging Rules/Principles and Criteria:

The finalist selection panel will select a maximum of 5 candidates for the poster main competition based on the following:

Clarity of presentation, scientific strength, relevance, and potential impact.
Data presented should be original and unpublished.
Candidates selected to complete on site in Boston, USA will be informed in late December or early January 2021.

The selection of onsite judges and oversight of the onsite judging process will be coordinated by the Immediate Past-President of the Craniofacial Biology Research Group, Dr. Lorri Ann Morford (with assistance from the Craniofacial Biology Group Directors).

CRITERIA for judging and rating the finalists will include:

  • Impact in Clinical and Translational Research pertinent to Orthodontics and/or Craniofacial Biology
  • Quality of research design
  • Quality and clarity of presentation

Applicants are required to present their findings twice: 1) during a designated Award competition session to the judging panel in the form of a poster presentation, and 2) during a regular session (General Session or Exhibit Hall) in the form of an oral or poster presentation, depending on the acceptance of the abstract for either oral or poster presentation. If the abstract is accepted as a poster, the same poster should be used for both presentations in the poster format recommended at

All finalists must be present to compete in the poster competition.

Award Presentation

All finalists will be invited to attend the IADR Craniofacial Biology Research group business meeting during the IADR General Session, at which the winner will be announced, and the award certificate received. The cash portion of the award will be issued at a later date (usually 3-4 weeks after the meeting). The remaining finalists will receive a Certificate of Excellence.