January 23, 2012

Dentistrys Tim DeRouen to lead national dental research association

UW Health Sciences/UW Medicine

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Dentistry Interim Dean Tim DeRouen has been elected to a four-year term on the executive board of the American Association for Dental Research that will lead to his assumption of the AADR presidency in 2014, the AADR has announced.

DeRouen will serve as AADR vice president for 2012-13, then president-elect for 2013-14, then president for 2014-15, and finally past president for 2015-16.

“Election to this office is both an honor and a challenge,” DeRouen said. “I look forward to working with the organization’s staff and other officers over the next four years to help AADR continue its leadership role in dental research throughout the United States.”

Tim DeRouen

Tim DeRouen

Current AADR President Jeffrey Ebersole said, “AADR looks forward to [DeRouens] considerable research experience and leadership being brought to bear at a national level for the benefit of AADR members.”

DeRouen became interim dean at the School of Dentistry in August upon the departure of Martha Somerman, who left to direct the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health. Before this, he was executive associate dean for research and academic affairs.

He also has served as professor and chair of the Department of Dental Public Health Sciences (now part of the Department of Oral Health Sciences). In addition, he is professor of biostatistics and has been associate dean of the School of Public Health. He has served as director of multiple training grants, including one in collaboration with two dental schools in Thailand. He was also principal investigator of an international clinical trial that established the safety of dental amalgam in children. Before coming to the UW, he headed the Department of Biostatistics at Tulane Universitys graduate school. Since 1992, he has directed the Summer Institute on Clinical Dental Research Methods, and for six years has overseen the dental schools Northwest PRECEDENT regional practice-based research network.

Based in Alexandria, Va., AADR is the largest component of the International Association for Dental Research, with nearly 4,000 U.S. members. Its mission is threefold:

  • To advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health.
  • To support and represent the oral health research community.
  • To facilitate the communication and application of research findings.