The Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) selected Carlos F. Salinas, DMD as the 2013 recipient of the Outstanding NIDCR Career Research Award.

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

Dr. SalinasThe award was presented to Dr. Salinas by Mary Fete, Director of Research of the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias at the Friends Annual Dinner on November 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.

The Friends of the National Institute of Dental ad Craniofacial Research, a non-profit organization, was established in 1998 on the 50th Anniversary of the Institute. The rids 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.

Dr. Salinas is Professor and Director in the Division of Craniofacial Genetics, Department Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, College of Dental Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Charleston, SC. He also serves as Director of the MUSC Craniofacial Anomalies and Cleft Palate Team and as Co-Director of the Clinical Research Core in the MUSC Center for Oral Health Research.

Dr. Salinas is a dentist graduated from the University of Chile. IN 1972, he was awarded an NIH-Fogarty International Fellowship in Medial Genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 1974, he joined the MUSC where he has developed most of his academic career including clinical service, research, teaching and outreach activities.

Dr. Salinas' areas of reach interest include the study of craniofacial anomalies, the ectodermal dysplasias, the relationship of oral dental diseases and system disorders, and special care denitrify. He has edited five books published over 100 scientific publications and has been guest editor in three journals. He has organized several national and international symposia in the area of birth defects affective craniofacial and oral-dental structures.

Dr. Salinas is a Board member of the Special Care Dentistry Association, a member of the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association, American Society of Human Genetics, the Society of Craniofacial Genetics, and the South Carolina Oral Health Coalition. He has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, Fellow to the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and as a Distinguished Scholar of the National Academy of Practices, Academy of Dentistry.

Dr. Salinas has been recognized by the South Carolina Oral Health Coalition and the South Carolina Dental Association with an Annual Award that bears his name – The Dr. Carlos Salinas Award – for excellence in treating individuals with special health care needs. Recently, in September 2013, the same organizations honored him with lifetime leadership award.