Rugh earns distinguished scientist award
The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) this month honored Dr. John Rugh, of the Dental School, for his research on the psychological aspects of oral disorders.
The Distinguished Scientist Award is the IADR's highest honor. Dr. Rugh is the 2002 honoree in Behavioral Sciences and Health Services.
Dr. Rugh is professor and chairman of the department of orthodontics at UTHSC's Dental School. "It is gratifying to be recognized by my peers," Dr. Rugh said. "I am thankful to be in San Antonio at this university and to have had the resources to do my research for 24 years. I'm lucky to be here." His research emphasizes behavioral and psychological aspects of oral health care. Much of his work has been integrated into numerous dental textbooks and professional practice guidelines.
The National Institutes of Health has funded Dr. Rugh's research and training programs for more than 16 years. In 1995, the American Dental Association made him an honorary member in recognition of his contributions to dentistry. He also is the only behavioral scientist to hold the position of president of the American Association for Dental Research.
UTHSC's Dental School, which opened in 1970, educates and trains dentists for Texas and the nation. Students may complete the doctor of dental surgery degree and pursue advanced certifications in prosthodontics, periodontics, orthodontics, dental diagnostic science, endodontics and pediatric dentistry. The Dental School has been rated the top dental school in the country in peer reputation surveys published in U.S. News & World Report. The IADR has more than 12,000 members internationally and is the world's leading oral health research organization.