Stamm Honored With AADR 2020 Presidential Citation Award

Dentistry Today


The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) has named John Stamm, DDS, DDPH, the winner of its 2020 Presidential Citation Award.

The award acknowledges an AADR, who by the assessment of the AADR president, has made significant contributions to the association over a period of time, shown dedication to the association, and has helped to further the mission of the AADR through their service and commitment, the AADR said.

“It was without reservation and truly a pleasure to nominate John Stamm for the AADR Presidential Citation,” said Tim Wright, DDS, MS, a former AADR president and the James Bawden Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry.

Stamm was the fifth dean of the Adams School of Dentistry, serving from 1984 to 2004.

Though Stamm retired a few years ago and is no longer a member of the AADR, Wright said, his broad and important contributions to dentistry, dental research, and the AADR and International Association of Dental Research (IADR) made him an ideal candidate for the award.

Stamm joined the IADR in 1975. He served as president of its Canadian Division from 1982 to 1984 and as treasurer of the association from 1997 to 2001. He joined the AADR when he came to the United States in 1985.

Also, Stamm served both as the IADR Finance Committee chair from 2000 to 2001 and as the IADR Nominating Committee chair from 2007 to 2008. He served as chair of the IADR Innovation in Oral Care Awards Committee as well.

Stamm additionally has served as a science consultant for the ADA, the World Health Organization, and the Federation Dentaire Internationale. He has served on the board of the ADA Foundation and the Sunstar Foundation for Oral Health as well.

Stamm’s fellowships include the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American and International Colleges of Dentistry. And, he was the Academy of Dentistry International’s 2003 International Dentist of the Year.

The University of Montreal recognized Stamm with an honorary degree in 2010 for his contributions to academic dentistry and dental health policy development during his 14 years at McGill University and for his contributions to dental epidemiology in the United States and Canada.

Stamm retired in 2016 after 32 years of service to the Adams School of Dentistry. During his tenure, the school completed two capital campaigns, constructed a new building, and underwent to accreditation cycles. He also is responsible for establishing the school’s first two PhD programs.

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