Alexandria, Va., USA, May 6, 2020 – The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) announced Fatemeh Momen-Heravi, Columbia University, New York, USA is the 2020 recipient of the AADR Anne D. Haffajee Fellowship.
Momen-Heravi is a clinician-scientist at Columbia University Medical Center and a member of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her laboratory is focused on understanding the interplay between the immune system and tumors to identify actionable molecular targets for head and neck cancer and other solid tumor treatments; examining the role of extracellular vesicles/exosomes in metastasis and mediating cellular cross talk, and hacking this cross talk by genetic engineering; as well as exploring the role of innate immunity in the pathogenesis of periodontal disease and its convergence with diabetes and carcinogenesis.
“The AADR Anne D. Haffajee Fellowship supports women researchers at the early stages of their scientific careers,” said AADR president, Tim Wright. “We are pleased to present this Fellowship to Dr. Momen-Heravi who is an exceptional young professional.”
This Fellowship was created in recognition of Anne Haffajee’s many contributions to clinical research in periodontology and oral biology and her prominence as a female leader and role model in the field. The immediate goal of this fellowship is to support women researchers at the early stages of their scientific careers. The long-term objective of this fellowship is to increase the representation of women at the higher ranks in science and academia in the field of oral biology. The $10,000 USD Fellowship is supported by generous donations from individuals and companies which created the endowment.
Due to the cancellation of the 2020 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session, the award was given locally.
About the American Association for Dental Research
The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is a nonprofit organization with nearly 3,400 individual members whose mission is to drive dental, oral and craniofacial research to advance health and well-being. AADR is the largest Division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). To learn more, visit www.iadr.org/aadr.