UW School of Dentistry

Jonathan An wins ADA student research award

Third-year student Jonathan An won the American Dental Association’s Student Clinician Scholar Award during the ADA’s annual session in New Orleans earlier this month.

Jonathan An (center) celebrates his award with faculty members Dr. Robert London and Dr. Sun Oh Chung.
Jonathan An (center) celebrates his award with faculty members Dr. Robert London and Dr. Sun Oh Chung.

An took top honors in the Basic Science Research competition with a project titled “Chemokine Epigenome Modification and Its Association With Bacteria in Periodontitis.” Dr. Sun Oh Chung of the Department of Oral Health Sciences was his mentor, and An’s co-authors included Dr. Robert  London and Dr. Sul Ki Hong of the Department of Periodontics and biostatistician Charles Spiekerman of Oral Health Sciences.

This marked the second  year in a row that a UW student won the Clinician Scholar Award, with Peter Yamamura (Class of 2014) winning last year’s competition. It also marked another major student research award for An, who in 2012 won the International Association for Dental Research’s Hatton Award.

“We are all incredibly proud of Jon and our outstanding faculty who represented our School of Dentistry,” said Dean Joel Berg. “Our School has a remarkable tradition of leadership in oral health research, and it’s tremendously satisfying to see a new generation of young scientists and clinicians coming forward to continue that tradition.”

About 70 student clinicians from 36 countries competed in this year’s ADA competition, which also includes a Clinical Science / Public Health Research category. The competition is rooted in the ADA’s Student Clinician Research Program (SCADA), which began in 1959 as a joint venture between the ADA and Dentsply International, a leading maker of dental and other health-care products. Now more than 5,000 students participate in SCADA annually.

Student Clinician Scholar Award winners receive $750 and a travel award to  present their research at the annual Thomas Hinman Dental Meeting, which next takes place March 27-29 in Atlanta.

“The quality and breadth of the science presented at this year’s competition was truly outstanding,” said  Dr. Terri Dolan, vice president and chief clinical officer for Dentsply International. “I am so proud of our student clinicians from around the globe, and we wish them continued success as our future leaders in dentistry.”