Awards, Prosthodontics, Research

Cooper Receives International Research Award

Dr. Lyndon Cooper, chairman of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry’s Department of Prosthodontics, has received an international award recognizing his outstanding research within prosthodontics and implantology.

Cooper received the International Association for Dental Research’s (IADR) 2009 Research in Prosthodontics and Implants Award on April 1 at the association’s 87th General Session and Exhibition in Miami.

The honor is one of the 16 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards and consists of a monetary prize and plaque.

Cooper also is the Stallings distinguished professor of dentistry, and director of the graduate prosthodontics program and the bone biology and implant therapy laboratory at the School of Dentistry.

A recipient of University, corporate and National Institutes of Health funding, Cooper and his colleagues investigate the cellular basis of bone formation. His interests focus on the development of cell-based tissue engineering for clinical bone formation and the immediate loading of dental implants. Cooper’s current activities include several clinical studies focused on improving dental implant therapy, as well as basic science studies that apply nanotechnology to improving dental implant healing.

Astra Tech Inc. supports the IADR prosthodontics honor. The IADR, a nonprofit organization of more than 11,300 members worldwide, advances research and knowledge to improve oral health, supports the oral health research community and works to advance communications and the application of research findings to improve oral health worldwide.