Alexandria, Va., USA – The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) announced Patricia Miguez, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, as the 2021 recipient of the AADR Procter & Gamble Underrepresented Faculty Research Fellowship. Miguez was recognized during the Opening Ceremonies of the virtual 50th Annual Meeting of the AADR, held in conjunction with the 99th General Session & Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and the 45th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR), on July 21-24, 2021.
Miguez is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She received her D.D.S. at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil and her M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Miguez’s research covers a range of studies of critical importance to oral and general health with the common theme of focusing on the extracellular matrix (ECM) and its modifications in health and disease. Her current research efforts are built on ECM components (collagen and proteoglycans) and post-translational modifications (enzymatic and via natural compounds) and their effect on cellular behavior in health and disease states in the craniofacial region as well as their function as effectors of mineralized tissue formation/regeneration.
The goal of the Fellowship, supported by P&G Professional Oral Health, Crest + Oral-B, is to support researchers from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups at the early stages of their scientific careers and to increase representation of these underrepresented groups at the faculty level in science and academia. Recipients receive $10,000 that must be put towards their post-doctoral research, establishment of their laboratories, the completion of a research project or preparing research for publication or grant submission.
About the American Association for Dental Research
The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is a nonprofit organization with over 3,100 individual members in the United States, with a mission to drive dental, oral and craniofacial research to advance health and well-being. The AADR is the largest Division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). The AADR also manages the activities of FNIDCR. The AADR also manages the activities of FNIDCR. To learn more, visit www.iadr.org/aadr.