Greenspan to Receive American Association for Dental Research Scientist Award

February 26, 2010

John Greenspan

John Greenspan, BDS, PhD, distingished professor of oral pathology in the UCSF School of Dentistry and of pathology in the UCSF School of Medicine, has been selected to receive the 2010 American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Distinguished Scientist Award.

This award recognizes and honors outstanding research of particular significance in any of the fields related to oral science. Supported by GlaxoSmithKline, the award is presented every two years to a distinguished scientist who has contributed outstanding research of particular significance in any of the fields to oral science.

“AADR is pleased to present Dr. Greenspan with the 2010 AADR Distinguished Scientist Award,” said AADR President Grayson “Bill” Marshall. “Greenspan’s dedication to dental and oral health research has led to major contributions to HIV research and care, and he is uniquely qualified for this award.”

Greenspan will receive the award at the 39th AADR Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, March 3.

Greenspan, who served until recently as the associate dean for research of the School of Dentistry, is founding director of three pioneering components of UCSF’s world-renowned AIDS program: the Oral AIDS Center, the campuswide California AIDS Research Center and the UCSF AIDS Specimen Bank. He heads UCSF’s $140 million-per-year AIDS research efforts as director of the AIDS Research Institute at UCSF, part of the School of Medicine.

Greenspan and his group have for more than 25 years been leaders in studies of oral aspects of HIV infection. He and his colleagues, notably Deborah Greenspan, BDS, DSc, professor of clinical oral medicine and chair of the Department of Orofacial Sciences at the School of Dentistry, have made major contributions to HIV research and care, including the discovery of the lesion hairy leukoplakia, its association with EBV, and the significance of this and other oral lesions in the natural history of HIV disease

He is a fellow of the UK Royal College of Pathologists; of King’s College, London; and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Greenspan was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Since joining AADR in 1976, Greenspan has served on various AADR committees and is a past president of the association, as well as of the International Association for Dental Research.

Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., the AADR is a nonprofit organization with nearly 4,000 members in the United States. Its mission is to advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health; to support and represent the oral health research community; and to foster communication and application of research findings. AADR is the largest Division of the International Association for Dental Research.

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UCSF School of Dentistry

American Association for Dental Research

AIDS Research Institute website