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The Oral Health Research Group of the IADR is inviting nominations for a group-sponsored award in oral health research. The purpose of the award is to recognize a body of meritorious research by a member of the IADR Oral Health Research Group, with preference given to a Dental Hygienist.



  1. Nominee must be a member of the IADR Oral Health Research Group and, if a Dental Hygienist, a graduate of an accredited dental hygiene program.
  2. Nominations must include a Curriculum Vitae that provides supporting evidence that the nominee has conducted original research.
  3. A letter of nomination should highlight the major reasons and body of research for which the individual is being nominated. Work considered for this award should have resulted in publications in scientific, peer-reviewed journals.
  4. Once a nomination is made, it is considered each year for five years unless the nominee is selected for an award during this period.


Research Topic:

Submissions must represent original research in the area of oral health. This includes a broad array of basic, clinical and applied studies related to: strategies for the prevention of oral disease and promotion of wellness; outcomes of primary and secondary preventive care; interdisciplinary approaches to integrating oral health into general health; clinical efficacy of professional and personal oral hygiene measures; methods to improve health outcomes of compromised patients; the dental hygiene process of care; self-care strategies; disease-prevention/health promotion focused curricular models; science transfer methods; ethics and quality assurance; alternative patterns for practice; clinical decision-making; and issues related to the conduct of research.



A Certificate of Recognition and one cash award in the amount of $2,000 will be made. This award is intended to provide travel and other support related to attending the IADR annual meeting and participating in the Oral Health Research Group activities. Information about the award winner will be made available to dental hygiene and other dental publications.



A committee with an appointed chair or co-chairs, the President and Immediate Past-president of the Group will select the winner. A representative of Colgate-Palmolive Company will review eligibility qualifications with the committee. The award recipient will be formally announced during the business meeting of the Oral Health Research Group at the 2021 IADR/APR General Session & Exhibition a virtual experience. and honored during the reception that follows. Researchers who are currently under contract with Colgate-Palmolive are not eligible to participate. The committee may elect not to present an award if there is not an appropriate nominee.



The Award is sponsored by a generous donation from the Colgate-Palmolive Company.


Nomination Deadline:

Nominations must be received by March 31, 2022.



Submit nominations electronically to Award Chair Sylvia Santos at

For questions concerning this award, please contact:
Sylvia L. Santos, RDH, MS, CCRP
President, SLS Clinical Research Consulting, LLC




Past Recipients

1995:  Margaret (Peg) Walsh, USA

1997:  Jane Forrest, USA

1998:  Birgitta Solder, Sweden

1999:  Terri Tilliss, USA

2002:  Rebecca Wilder, USA

2003:  Caren Barnes, USA

2004:  Phyllis Beemsterboer, USA

2005:  Kerstin Ohrn, Sweden

2006:  Maryann Cugini, USA

2007:  Jean Suvan, United Kingdom

2008:  Samuel Yankell, USA

2009:  Karen Williams, USA

2010:  Helen Whelton, Ireland

2011:  Christine Charles, USA

2012:  Olivia Marchisio, Italy

2013:  Patricia Lenton, USA

2014:  Annamaria Genovesi, Italy

2015:  Jagan K. Baskarodoss, USA

2016:  Deborah M. Lyle, USA

2017:  Sylvia Santos, USA

2018: Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, USA

2019: Francie Genco, USA

2020: Dagmar Slot, Netherlands

2021: JoAnn Gurenlian, USA