AADR Awards the 2017 AADR Jack Hein Public Service Award to Christian Stohler


AADR contact: Ingrid L. Thomas  

+1.703.299.8084 or [email protected] 

March 23, 2017

Alexandria, Va., USA – The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) has announced Christian Stohler as the 2017 recipient of the AADR Jack Hein Public Service Award. He was recognized at the Association’s 46th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Calif., USA, on March 22, 2017, at the Opening Ceremonies. This meeting is being held in conjunction with the 95th General Session & Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research and the 41st Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research. 

Stohler is dean, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, New York, USA. He received his D.M.D. and DrMedDent degrees from the University of Bern, Switzerland, where he also obtained certificates in oral surgery and prosthodontics. From 2003-2013, he was the dean of the School of Dentistry, University of Maryland, where he led a curriculum update, oversaw Maryland’s expansion to become the largest public dental school in the U.S., re-engineered the school’s business operation, and expanded the school’s global presence.

Stohler is a leading expert on pain management and on jaw disorders, including temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJD). He has helped lead National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded work into the genetics, endocrinology and neurobiology of the human response to pain—particularly in patients with TMJD.

Through the AADR Jack Hein Public Service Award, Stohler is being honored for his years of exemplary leadership at the national level promoting the interests of the oral health research community, as former president of the Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (FNIDCR).During the past year, he helped facilitate the transition of FNIDCR programmatic activities to AADR.

 “AADR is pleased to honor Dr. Christian Stohler for contributions to health care policy and public service,” said AADR President Jack Ferracane. “I applaud him for this achievement and his tireless efforts to advance dental, oral and craniofacial health.”

The AADR Jack Hein Public Service Award honors individuals who have given exemplary service in the area of public affairs by consistently promoting the interests and activities of oral health research to a wide constituency.

About the American Association for Dental Research 

The American Association for Dental Research (AADR), headquartered in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit organization with nearly 3,500 members in the United States. Its mission is: (1) to advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health; (2) to support and represent the oral health research community; and (3) to facilitate the communication and application of research findings. AADR is the largest Division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). To learn more about the AADR, visit www.aadr.org.