Eric Reynolds receives IADR distinguished scientist award

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

 

Professor Eric Reynolds has received the 2011 International Association for Dental Research award for Basic Research in Periodontal Disease.

Professor Reynolds leads research into this debilitating disease in his roles as the CEO of the Oral Health CRC and Head of the Melbourne Dental School. Professor Reynolds has made a long-term and outstanding contribution to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms of the virulence and pathogenicity of the bacteria associated with periodontal disease. He has been involved in periodontal disease research for 30 years and has published 173 peer-reviewed scientific publications, seven book chapters and 20 patents. His total publications number more than 300.

His research has resulted in awards from IADR including a William J. Gies Award and a GlaxoSmithKline Innovation in Oral Care Award. Professor Reynolds' research has also led to a better understanding of how oral bacteria transport sugars and amino acids, how they maintain a transmembrane pH gradient and electrical potential and how they excrete end products of metabolism. His research has also helped understand how salivary proteins are metabolised by oral bacteria and helped elucidate their role in bacterial colonisation of the oral cavity.

Professor Reynolds has been recognised for his significant contribution to the field of dental research by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) at their San Diego Conference.

Professor Reynolds' current research projects include the development of a chairside diagnostic for periodontal disease and potential treatment of chronic periodontitis through vaccination.