Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., the Alice T. and William H. Goodwin, Jr. Dean of the VCU College of Engineering has received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) for 2022. Every two years, the AADOCR recognizes those who perform outstanding research of particular significance in any of the fields related to oral science. This is the highest award given by the organization.
A nationally acclaimed researcher and entrepreneur, Boyan is focused on research in all aspects of bone and cartilage biology. From basic science studies on steroid hormone signaling to the use of cells for regenerative medicine strategies focusing on how cells interact with biomaterial surfaces, her work covers a wide range of biomedical engineering.
Boyan’s research in the bone and cartilage field began with studies to understand the underlying mechanisms of mineralized tissue formation. Her recent findings include novel technologies for controlling micro and nanotexture on surfaces of implants used in dentistry and orthopaedics, as well as for improving cell responses to materials that are used for regenerative medicine applications. Boyan also focuses on revealing the mechanisms used by steroid hormones like vitamin D and estrogen and by microRNAs in the regulation of bone and cartilage cells.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by my peers and receive this distinction from the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research,” Boyan said. “As a member of this organization for many years, I know its commitment to advancing research within the industry. It is my hope to continue focusing on research that changes the lives of people.”
The AADOCR is the leading professional community for multidisciplinary scientists who advance dental, oral and craniofacial research. The 3,000-member organization connects the scientific community of professionals who champion research that contributes to overall health and well-being. Boyan has been a member of the AADOCR since 1978, serving as its 25th president from 1996 to 1997.