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Dental researcher honored with career research award

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MUSC’s Dr. Carlos Salinas receives the award from presenter Mary Fete at the Nov. 21 event. Photo provided

Carlos F. Salinas, DMD, director of the MUSC division of Craniofacial Genetics, was selected as the 2013 recipient of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Outstanding Career Research Award by the Friends of the NIDCR.

This prestigious award is presented to an individual in appreciation of their lifetime achievements in pioneering research efforts leading to significant inroads in oral health.

The award was presented to Salinas by Mary Fete, director of research for the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias, at the 2013 Annual Conference & Awards on Nov. 21, in Washington, D.C.

The Friends of the NIDCR, a nonprofit organization, was established in 1998 on the 50th anniversary of the institute. The Friends is a broad-based coalition of individuals, institutions and corporations who understand the critical importance of dental, oral and craniofacial research to the health and well-being of people in the U.S. and globally.

In addition to serving as the director of the Division of Craniofacial Genetics in the College of Dental Medicine, he also serves as director of the MUSC Craniofacial Anomalies and Cleft Palate Team and codirector of the Clinical Resource Core for the MUSC Center for Oral Health Research.

Salinas graduated from the University of Chile. In 1972, he was awarded the NIH–Fogarty International fellowship in Medical Genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 1974, he joined MUSC where he has developed most of his academic pursuits including clinical service, research, teaching and outreach activities.

Salinas has a wide scope of research interests, including the study of craniofacial anomalies; ectodermal dysplasias; the relationship between oral dental disease and systemic disorders; and special care dentistry. Salinas was responsible for organizing several national and international symposia in the area of birth defects affecting craniofacial and oral-dental structures.

Salinas is a board member of the Special Care Dentistry Association and a member of numerous respected organizations. Salinas has enjoyed a distinguished career and was elected a fellow of the American College of Dentists, fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and Distinguished Scholar of the National Academy of Practices, Academy of Dentistry.

December 23, 2013

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