Jonathan An (right) celebrates his Hatton Award with his preceptor, Dr. Timothy Cox.
Jonathan An, a rising second-year DDS/PhD student at the School of Dentistry, won the coveted Hatton Award for research on Thursday at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) meetings in Iguaçu Falls, Brazil.
An, representing the United States, won the international award in the junior category after winning the Hatton Award at the American Association for Dental Research meetings in March. His winning presentation was titled “Modulating Alcohol Effects on the Midface by Vitamin A Derivatives,” and his preceptor was Dr. Timothy Cox of the Departments of Pediatrics and Oral Health Sciences.
“The International Hatton Award is the highest research honor a dental student can achieve,” said Dr. Linda LeResche, Interim Associate Dean for Research at the School of Dentistry. “We are extremely proud that Jonathan has been recognized for the quality and importance of his research.”
An, who had previously been a researcher in the School’s Department of Oral Biology (before it merged into Oral Health Sciences), was also one of the initial winners of the IADR’s Haraeus Travel Award in 2010. He was one of five worldwide recipients of the award, given to young investigators who study new and innovative testing methods for dental materials, along with ways to develop and improve those materials.
The IADR/Unilever Hatton Competition and Awards are a showcase for leading junior researchers from around the world, who present their work at the annual IADR general session.