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Dr. Rena D'SouzaDr. Rena D'Souza, professor and chair of biomedical sciences, has been elected vice president of the American Association for Dental Research. D'Souza will serve a four-year term on AADR's board of directors, serving as its vice president in 2010-2011, president-elect in 2011-2012, president in 2012-2013 and immediate past president in 2013-2014.

"I know Dr. D'Souza will be outstanding in this leadership position, as she has been a strong advocate of the organization's goals throughout her career," says Dr. James S. Cole, HSC-BCD dean.

D'Souza has served on numerous AADR committees and has been a frequent keynote speaker at AADR annual meetings. From 1999 to 2003, she served on the editorial board of the Journal of Dental Research, the official publication of the International and American Association for Dental Research. In 2005 she was presented the AADR National Student Research Group Mentor Award, a recognition for outstanding faculty advisors.

The AADR is a nonprofit organization with more than 4,000 members in the United States. Its goals are to advance research for the improvement of oral health, to help apply research findings in clinical settings, and to support and represent the oral health research community.