The American Dental Association Science and Research Institute (ADASRI) and the American Association for Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) have announced the winners of the annual Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) Faculty and Practice Awards. The awards are supported thanks to an unrestricted educational grant from Colgate and are presented to educators and clinicians who have made significant contributions to implement and advance EBD. The winners received their awards at SmileCon™ in Las Vegas, United States.
Margherita Fontana, DDS, PhD, received the 2021 EBD Accomplished Faculty Award. Dr Fontana is the Clifford Nelson Endowed Professor of Dentistry in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. As director of the school’s cariology courses, she emphasises the use of evidence in active student learning activities that focus on critical thinking and problem solving. Outside the classroom, Dr Fontana has authored numerous evidence-based research manuscripts, including the 2016 ADA clinical practice guideline on the use of pit-and-fissure sealants and the 2018 ADA clinical practice guideline on non-restorative caries treatments. She chairs the expert panel responsible for the upcoming ADASRI clinical practice guideline on caries prevention and belongs to the expert panel developing the upcoming ADASRI clinical practice guideline on restorative caries treatments.
Marcelle Nascimento, DDS, PhD, received the 2021 EBD Mid-Career Faculty Award. Dr Nascimento is an associate professor of restorative dental sciences and director of the Dental Clinic Research Unit at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. As an educator, she empowers students to integrate evidence into clinical practice and decision-making so that they become lifelong learners and critical thinkers. As a researcher, Dr Nascimento contributes to dentistry’s evidence base through her study of the ammonia-producing capabilities of oral bacteria. She authored the 2018 ADA clinical practice guideline on non-restorative caries treatments and is co-author of the upcoming ADASRI clinical practice guidelines on caries prevention and restorative caries treatments.
Brian Nový, DDS, received the 2021 EBD Practice Award. Dr Nový practices full time as chief dental officer at the Alliance Dental Center, Massachusetts Public Employees Fund, in Quincy, Massachusetts. He conducts salivary assessments of each of his patients to monitor their oral health and uses this evidence to inform the treatment and patient education he offers chairside. Outside the clinic, Dr Nový authored the 2018 ADA clinical practice guideline on nonrestorative caries treatments. He holds faculty appointments at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine.