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EBD Awards

The American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) are pleased to announce the winners of their 2016 evidence-based dentistry (EBD) awards.

Accomplished faculty award

John Rugh, Ph.D., professor and director of the evidence-based practice program at the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School in San Antonio.

Mid-career faculty award

Ahmad Abdelkarim, D.M.D., Ph.D., Ed.D., associate professor and chair of the department of orthodontics at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry.

Collaborative award

Teresa Marshall, Ph.D., professor of preventive and community dentistry and director of experiential learning at the University of Iowa's College of Dentistry.

Cheryl Straub-Morarend, D.D.S., clinical associate professor in the department of family dentistry at the University of Iowa’s College of Dentistry.

The awards were presented on October 19, 2016, at a reception for the ADA's EBD Champions Conference at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. Pictured below, from left to right, are the 2016 winners at the awards reception: Dr. Rugh, Dr. Straub-Morarend, Dr. Marshall, and Dr. Abdelkarim.

The ADA and AADR established the awards to acknowledge dental school faculty and practitioners who have made significant contributions to implementing and advancing EBD.

Learn more about the EBD Champions Conference


The evidence-based dentistry faculty and practice awards are generously supported by


Important Dates
Application deadline: TBD for 2017
Decision made: TBD for 2017
Award presented: TBD for 2017


**Collaborations among faculty and/or practitioners (two-person team) are welcomed. 

Accomplished faculty award

Eligibility criteria: 
- Membership in the ADA and/or AADR
- Being a full-time or part-time faculty member at an accredited U.S. dental school
- Demonstrate or have a leadership role in bringing a new EBD research or educational program to their dental school, or have a leadership role in developing EBD resources for the profession


Mid-career faculty award

Eligibility criteria: 
- Membership in the ADA and/or AADR
- Being a full-time or part-time faculty member at an accredited U.S. dental school
- Completion of an EBD project within the past two years
- First authorship on an EBD-related project (such as an evidence summary, a systematic review, an evidence-based guideline, or a dissemination and implementation research study) that is accepted by a peer-reviewed publication


Practice award 

Award criteria:
The recipient of this award is an individual who demonstrates leadership in implementing EBD to improve patient care in a private practice or public health setting and in encouraging colleagues to use research findings in practice

Eligibility criteria:
- Membership in the ADA
- Completion of a EBD project within the past two years


For more information or questions, please contact Tyharrie Woods at the ADA's Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry at 312.440.2507 or woodst@ada.org.