Jane Weintraub, DDS, MPH, R. Gary Rozier and Chester W. Douglass Distinguished Professor in Dental Public Health, was recently elected the 48th vice president of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR). She is the fourth ever vice president and the first female vice president for the AADR from the UNC-Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry.
“I am honored to serve our nation’s premier organization promoting oral health research,” said Weintraub. “I welcome opportunities for advocacy to improve the public’s health and to advance supportive and collaborative research environments for our scientists.”
Since joining IADR/AADR in 1979, Weintraub has held several AADR leadership positions such as AADR board member-at-large, president and group councilor of the IADR Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research Group and president of the AADR North Carolina Section and AADR San Francisco Section.
Weintraub is currently chair of the AADR’s Ethics in Dental Research Committee. She is the recipient of the 2009 IADR H. Trendley Dean Memorial Award for meritorious research in epidemiology and public health. She is the first specialist in dental public health to be elected as an AADR officer in 36 years. As vice president, she will subsequently assume the office of president-elect and then president.
“I am thrilled once again to see that the Adams School of Dentistry is well-represented within key organizations such as the AADR,” said Associate Dean for Research, Shannon Wallet, PhD. “With Dr. Weintraub’s election to vice-president of the AADR, we have two of our distinguished faculty as part of the leadership of AADR.
“Together they will be shaping the future of oral health and, in particular, key issues in oral health research. I am very excited for Dr. Weintraub to have this opportunity and have no doubt that oral health research and the research community at large will benefit greatly from her leadership within the AADR.”
Her research focuses include the epidemiology and prevention of oral conditions and oral health disparities, with an emphasis on conducting prevention-oriented clinical trials. Her patient and population-based research, with applications to dental patients or the larger community, spans the continuum of epidemiology, clinical research and health policy. Weintraub’s research has helped shape scientific guidelines regarding sealants and fluoride that have become a part of mainstream dental and public health practices.
Weintraub earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her Master of Public Health and postdoctoral fellowship from Harvard University.
The American Association for Dental Research is a nonprofit organization with over 3,300 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 facilitate the communication and application of research findings. AADR is the largest division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR).