Ciancio Honored With Inaugural AADR Presidential Citation

Dentistry Today


Sebastian Ciancio, DDS, the SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Endodontics at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, has been named the first recipient of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Presidential Citation. 

The new award acknowledges AADR members who have made significant contributions to the association and who have helped to further the organization’s mission of advancing research and knowledge for the improvement of oral health.

“I accept this award on behalf of all the faculty, staff, and students with whom I have conducted research over the past 50 years, always with the conviction that today’s research is the promise for tomorrow,” said Ciancio, also an adjunct professor of pharmacology and toxicology in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

“The students, staff, and faculty of the School of Dental Medicine offer their congratulations to SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Ciancio on receiving the first American Association for Dental Research Presidential Citation,” said Joseph J. Zambon, DDS, PhD, dean of the School of Dental Medicine. 

“This well-deserved award acknowledges Dr. Ciancio’s many contributions to oral and dental research during his remarkable career,” said Zambon.

An internationally recognized scholar in periodontology and pharmacology, Ciancio is widely known for his research into periodontal disease treatment, the school reports. He studies the effects that oral hygiene devices such as toothbrushes and dental floss as well as chemical agents such as toothpaste and mouthwashes have on gum disease. 

Ciancio also established and directs the UB Center for Dental Studies, which partners with companies around the world to perform clinical dental research. Since its inception, the center has completed more than $15 million in funded research projects.

Additionally, Ciancio founded the Chautauqua Dental Congress, a forum for continuing dental education in Western New York. He served as chair of the UB Department of Periodontics and Endodontics for 20 years and as chair of the dental division of the United States Pharmacopeia as well. 

A fellow of the International College of Dentists, Ciancio has more than 150 publications in academic journals, has written more than 25 books and book chapters, and holds two patents. He earned his DDS from the University at Buffalo. He will be honored at the IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition in Vancouver, British Columbia, on June 21.

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