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Christopher Bowman Named 2023 Recipient of AADOCR Distinguished Scientist Award

Christopher Bowman Alexandria, VA – The American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) announced Christopher Bowman, University of Colorado, Aurora as the 2023 recipient of the AADOCR Distinguished Scientist Award. Bowman was recognized during the Opening Ceremonies of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the AADOCR, which was held in conjunction with the 47th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR), that took place on March 15, 2023.

Bowman has made tremendous contributions to the science of polymer chemistry, and specifically to dental biomaterials development, for decades. He has won numerous awards and accolades, including being named Fellow of the National Academy of Medicine, the Mark Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society, the IADR Peyton-Skinner Award for Innovation in Dental Materials, and many others. 

He has co-authored nearly 400 published articles, 11 books/chapters, and has had 28 patents issued with several more in the process. His inventions have been commercialized by several dental materials companies. He has been grant funded from the NIH, NSF, industry, and other agencies since the mid-1990s. He has been an invited lecturer nearly 300 times around the world and has given over 400 additional scientific presentations. 

Bowman has mentored dozens of post-doctoral fellows and graduate students, many of whom have gone on to become outstanding faculty and research scientists in their own right. He has an H-index on Google Scholar of 106 and has nearly 50,000 citations of his work.

The AADOCR Distinguished Scientist Award recognizes and honors outstanding research of particular significance in any of the fields related to oral science. The award, supported by Haleon, consists of a monetary prize of US$5,000, a commemorative plaque, and travel expenses to the AADOCR/CADR Annual Meeting.                

The American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to drive dental, oral, and craniofacial research to advance health and well-being. AADOCR represents the individual scientists, clinician-scientists, dental professionals, and students based in academic, government, non-profit and private-sector institutions who share our mission. AADOCR is the largest division of the International Association for Dental Research. Learn more at