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Dent Mater. 2019 Oct 31. pii: S0109-5641(19)30874-7. doi: 10.1016/ [Epub ahead of print]

The Academy of Dental Materials: Providing roots and wings.

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School of Dentistry, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA. Electronic address:
School of Dentistry, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA.
School of Dentistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.



The long history of the Academy of Dental Materials (ADM) is documented with its strategies (a) to rapidly communicate science among its members, (b) to establish special awards to stimulate new science, and (c) to develop new dental materials scientists.


We searched the history of the last 35 years of the ADM newsletters, transactions, journals, and officer notes. We document the (a) presidents, (b) meeting history, (c) membership growth, and (d) development of special awards through 2019 with the recent creation of the ADM Marshall Post-Doctoral Award.


There are 36 years of recent ADM history, 42 international meetings, membership growth to 400 individuals from 15 countries, service of 19 presidents, Paffenbarger annual Awardees since 1989, induction of >200 fellows, and recognition of the first winner of Marshall Post-Doctoral Award in 2018. New directions for recruiting members are suggested. Three potential new thrusts for the organization are presented: artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, and intensive member mentoring.


These suggestions for the ADM provide a path for the ADM to continue to adapt to the ever changing scientific landscape.


Academy of Dental Materials; Foundations; Future mentoring

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