Dr. Dana Graves’ Research Recognized with IADR/PRG Award in Regenerative Periodontal Medicine


Dr. Dana Graves, Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Vice Dean for Research & Scholarship

Philadelphia – Penn Dental Medicine’s Dr. Dana Graves, Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Vice Dean for Research & Scholarship, has been recognized for his research as the recipient of the 2020 International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Periodontal Research Group (PRG) Award in Regenerative Periodontal Medicine. This annual award, sponsored by REGEDENT AG, honors investigators who have made significant contributions to the field of regenerative periodontal medicine throughout their careers.

Nominees are selected based on the relevance of their work in the field of regenerative periodontal or periimplant medicine, the scientific quality of their peer-reviewed publications, and the overall impact of their research.

Dr. Graves’ research has focused on wound healing, identifying mechanisms that limit healing and bone regeneration in diabetic animals in vivo, fracture healing and bone coupling in periodontal disease. He was also one of the first researchers to study growth factors and their stimulation of osteoblasts and periodontal ligament fibroblasts, which provided a scientific basis for the use of growth factors in periodontal treatment.

“This is well-deserved recognition of Dr. Graves’ tremendous research and its impact in the field,” says Penn Dental Medicine’s Morton Amsterdam Dean, Dr. Mark S. Wolff.

Though Dr. Graves received the award this year, the PRG will celebrate his achievement during the next PRG annual business meeting at the 2021 IADR/APR General Session & Exhibition, Chengdu, China, given this year’s meeting was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.