Mark Herzberg, DDS, PhD, has been named president of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR). Active with AADR for more than three decades, Herzberg has served as chief editor of the Journal of Dental Research for 11 years.
The AADR has more than 3,100 members in the United States and is the largest division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), which has more than 10,000 individual members worldwide and encourages participation from dental schools, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
“I have found the IADR/AADR to be the most exciting venue for dental and craniofacial scientists to find research peers and share their work,” said Herzberg, interim associate dean for research at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry whose work focuses on host-microbial interactions.
“Opportunities for collaboration occur at regional section meetings and international meetings, through the website and the associations’ journals. I have had the opportunity to build relationships through AADR which have evolved into a huge cohort of lifelong friends in science,” said Herzberg.
As president of the AADR, Herzberg said he supports the expansion of the organization, with an intentional effort to welcome scientists from other disciplines.
“I hope the organization will grow as a platform that hosts and fosters exciting research and research collaborative opportunities for more and more people beyond investigators from schools of dentistry,” he said.