Robert J. Genco to Receive 2016 Distinguished Scientist Award from AADR

Buffalo, NY, USA – Robert J. Genco, University at Buffalo world-renowned scientist, will receive the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Association for Dental Research (AADR).

The prestigious award, presented once every two years, recognises Genco for his outstanding contributions to periodontal disease research.

He was honoured on March 16 at the association’s 45th Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Los Angeles.

“I am honoured to receive this award which recognises work done not only by myself, but many colleagues at UB,” says Genco, PhD, DDS, SUNY Distinguished Professor of oral biology, periodontics and microbiology in the Department of Oral Biology in the UB School of Dental Medicine.

Formerly chair of the Department of Oral Biology for 25 years and current director of the Periodontal Disease Clinical Research Centre, Genco and his colleagues were among the first to report a connection between gum disease and heart disease and stroke, and led studies relating periodontitis to diabetes and obesity.

Genco, also director of the Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach, has been the primary investigator on multimillion-dollar grants and has demonstrated success in commercialising both his discoveries and those of others.

Genco’s work focuses on understanding oral diseases. Most recently, his lab studied the effects of periodontal infections, as they increase the risk for heart disease and lower glycaemic control in diabetics.

He has earned many awards throughout his career, and most recently received the 2012 Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Academy of Periodontology.

Along with having held editorial positions with 11 scientific journals, Genco has edited or co-edited ten books, and authored more than 325 scientific articles and publications. He is also a past president of both the AADR and International Association of Dental Research.

A 1963 graduate of the UB School of Dental Medicine, Genco received a doctorate in microbiology and immunology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967. – Kahaliah Richards