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Alexandria, VA, USA, June 22, 2022 – The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) announced that Edward Lynch, De Montford University, Leicester, United Kingdom is the recipient of the IADR Distinguished Scientist Pharmacology/ Therapeutics/ Toxicology Research Award. Lynch was recognized during the Opening Ceremonies of the virtual 100th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR, held in conjunction with the 5th Meeting of the Asia Pacific Region on June 20-25, 2022. Lynch originates from Cootehill, Co Cavan, Ireland.

Lynch earned his BA, BDentSc at Trinity College, Dublin with Distinctions in Prosthetic Dentistry and Conservative Dentistry, and subsequently received an MA from Trinity College, Dublin, completed his training and successfully passed the Royal College of Surgeons examinations to become a Fellow in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, then earned his PhD at the University of London in the Faculty of Medicine, where he worked for 20 years before he became Professor of Restorative Dentistry in Queens University Belfast and Consultant to the Royal Hospitals for 10 years. He left Belfast to become the Head of Dentistry at Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick. During that time, he was the first and only dentist to receive a Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence. He has been awarded the Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons in London and the Fellowship of the Academy for Dento-Facial Aesthetics (USA). He is also the first ever Dentist from Ireland (or the UK) to be awarded the prestigious Fellowship from the American Society for Dental Aesthetics. More recently, he moved to the USA to be a Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences and Principal Director of Biomedical and Clinical Research at the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA. He is currently listed in the Top 100 Doctors in Dentistry Worldwide He has also been elected as the most influential person in UK Dentistry in 2010 by readers of FMC’s Dentistry Lynch has been awarded the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award at the UK Dentistry Awards. In 2013 Lynch was awarded lifetime achievement from the International Association for Ozone in Healthcare for Services to Research and Teaching. In 2018 Lynch was awarded the prize for the best Worldwide Research in Ozone in Medicine, Veterinary and Dentistry as well as another Lifetime Achievement award from the Ozone Therapies Group and Frontiers in Ozone Group at their joint annual meeting in Santa Barbara, California, USA. Professor Lynch is a registered Specialist in 3 specialties, Restorative Dentistry, Endodontics and Prosthodontics and previously was also a BUPA Consultant in Oral Surgery.

Professor Lynch is one of the few Dentists to have been elected to the Livery of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and is also honoured with being a Freeman of the City of London. Since the USA Professorship, he is now an Honorary Professor at De Montford University and is enjoying life part-time in Schull in West Cork where his wife, Helene, runs the Exclusive Luxury (5 star) Retreat called The Fastnet Hotel, West Colla, Schull (see TripAdvisor The Fastnet Hotel and Instagram thefastnet1). He continues to supervise 6 PhD students and is very active on the editorial board of numerous prestigious International Journals including Scientific Reports, Nature, all of which he does for no fee. Lynch has just completed a new textbook on the management of medical emergencies with a colleague, Dr. Chet Trivedy, and he hopes this book can help save many lives every year. He and Chet have donated all the commission fees and royalties from this book to a charity to support conservation of tigers in India. Lynch is very active in many charities and has donated and raised considerable funds for numerous charities.

Professor Lynch stated after receiving the award “I feel honoured to receive this prestigious award from my academic peers. However, I dedicate this to all my co-workers and colleagues, with whom I have worked during the past 42 years. Without their help, guidance and support, I would never have today received the 2022 Distinguished Scientist Award in Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology from The International Association for Dental Research. Therefore, I dedicate this award to my wonderful colleagues who also deserve this award, so we can share this honour together and, of course, my wife (Helene) and Family who still have to put up with me every day!”

His research strengths started with investigations into improving glass ionomer resins; he then moved on to studying root caries management and how best to manage the microorganisms responsible for root caries. He also delved into Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and other studies to investigate oxidation products present in the oral cavity as a function oral care product use. Overall, Lynch has published more than 600 book chapters, reviews, case reports and peer-reviewed publications. Lynch’s research has been cited in prestigious journals around 8600 times (Google Scholar, Edward Lynch) He has been awarded number national and international awards for his research.

The Pharmacology/Therapeutics/Toxicology Research Award is an annual IADR Distinguished Scientist Award and is one of the highest honours bestowed by IADR. The Award is made for outstanding and sustained peer-reviewed research that has contributed to our knowledge of the mechanisms, efficacy or safety of drugs used in dentistry and consists of a monetary award and a plaque.

About IADR – 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 to advance health and well-being worldwide. To learn more, visit IADR Homepage