Diagnostic Sciences, Faculty and Staff, Research

Ribeiro Awarded International Association for Dental Research Fellowship 

Apoena De Aguiar Ribeiro, DDS, MS, PhD, associate professor at the UNC-CH Adams School of Dentistry, was awarded the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Cariology Research Group Science award for her research, “The Oral Microbiome and Metabolome in Caries Initiation and Arrestment.” The award is designed to promote the quality of science at the annual IADR scientific meeting of researchers working in the field of cariology, erosion and related subjects. 

I’m deeply honored to accept the Science Award and to join past recipients who I have long admired and respected in Cariology,” said Ribeiro. “This achievement was possible due to a strong collaboration between the Oral Microbiology, Pediatric Dentistry and Periodontology from UNC-CH Adams School of Dentistry, the Microbiome Core from UNC-CH School of Medicine, the Forsyth Institute and the Rio de Janeiro Federal University, in Brazil. Our team is committed to continue this research topic and endeavoring to place our School among the world leaders in Cariology Research.” 

The Cariology Research Group is the second largest scientific group within the IADR, and the leading forum for dental researchers to present and discuss their oral care research findings. The primary purpose of the CRG is to promote research on the etiology, epidemiology, risk assessment, pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention, and management of dental caries. 

Ribeiro joined the UNC-CH Adams School of Dentistry in 2018. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Fluminense Federal University in 1995. She earned a master’s degree and certificate in pediatric dentistry in 2000, as well as a doctorate degree in microbiology in 2006, from the Rio de Janeiro Federal University. She completed two years of postdoctoral training in oral microbiology at UNC-CH Adams School of Dentistry in 2015.  

She has been a member of the International Organization for Caries Research since 2007, a member of the International Association for Dental Research since 1998, and a member of the Brazilian Association for Dental Research since 1997, and has published more than 35 papers in peer-reviewed journals.