Professor Avijit Banerjee has been announced as the recipient of the 2022 William H. Bowen Research in Dental Caries Award. Professor Banerjee received the award from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) during the opening ceremonies of the virtual 100th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR on June 22 2022.
Known for his pioneering development of innovative minimally invasive caries-management systems and for his work on caries prevention, Avijit Banerjee is Professor of Cariology & Operative Dentistry in the Centre for Oral, Clinical & Translational Sciences. He also works as Honorary Consultant and Clinical Lead, Restorative Dentistry in Guy’s & St. Thomas’ Hospitals Foundation Trust, London, UK.
Speaking on his award, Professor Banerjee said, "It is an incredible honour and privilege to receive such a prestigious international research award from the IADR, acknowledging and rewarding my research endeavour over the past 25 yrs in Cariology, Minimum Intervention Oral Care and Minimally Invasive Operative Dentistry. I am truly humbled at the thought of being considered to be of the same calibre in dental caries research as so many of the great clinical academics and scientists who have won this IADR distinguished scientist award in the past."
As is always the case, standing on the shoulders of giants in one's own discipline enables one to push further the boundaries of scientific and clinical knowledge. It is absolutely critical that these fundamental scientific advances are duly translated to clinical practice to improve the oral and dental care, health and wellbeing of our patients and populations around the world.– Professor Avijit Banerjee
Commenting further, Professor Banerjee added, "I am truly indebted to all of my wonderful students (undergraduate, masters and doctorate), post-doc research associates, clinical colleagues and the many expert principal research collaborators / fellows across the different dental and medical disciplines locally within the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences at King's, nationally across the UK and internationally, with whom I have worked tirelessly to enable my research to come to fruition. I duly share this award with all of them."
Professor Banerjee holds the positions of Head of Conservative & MI Dentistry, and Programme Director of the innovative King’s College London distance-learning Masters in Advanced Minimum Intervention Dentistry. He also leads the Cariology & Operative Dentistry research programme.
He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry; the Associate Scientific Editor of the British Dental Journal; serves as the Specialty Lead for the NIHR Oral & Dental Clinical Research Network for South London.
Professor Banerjee also acts as consultant to the Office of the Chief Dental Officer for England.
The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with over 10,000 individual members worldwide, with a mission to drive dental, oral and craniofacial research for health and well-being worldwide.