Dr. Effie Ioannidou, a tenured professor and interim chair in the division of Periodontology in the UConn School of Dental Medicine, and director of UConn’s Dental Clinical Research Center, has been elected vice president of the American Association for Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR). Her term begins in March 2022, following the AADOCR and Canadian Association for Dental Research hybrid annual meetings in Atlanta.
An AADOCR member since 1998, Ioannidou is currently serving as associate editor of the JDR Clinical & Translational Research, as guest co-editor of Advances in Dental Research, and served as a Journal of Dental Research Editorial Board member. She is a founding member of the IADR Women in Science Network and has served in multiple AADOCR leadership roles, including member-at-large of the AADOCR Board of Directors, member of the AADOCR Government Affairs Committee, and member of the AADOCR Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion.
Ioannidou is a clinician scientist with training in periodontology. Her research addresses clinical and translational questions on the anti-inflammatory effect of periodontal interventions in systemic health as well as chronic kidney disease. She recently led a multi-center team of investigators with the goal of exploring the systemic antibiotic prescribing patterns in combination with periodontal therapy. She also developed a new line of research focusing on the sex and gender intersection in oral inflammatory diseases.
“I am very passionate about rigor and transparency in clinical research, and a proponent of high-quality scientific reporting and clinical trial registration,” says Ioannidou. “I’m excited about this opportunity to play a greater leadership role in the direction of AADOCR, and encouraged by the many advances we’ve experienced here at UConn Dental.”
Ioannidou graduated from the School of Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She completed her advanced training in periodontology and Masters in Dental Sciences at the UConn School of Dental Medicine. She received additional training in clinical research at the University of Washington in Seattle, and is a board-certified periodontist.
The American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research is the leading professional community for multidisciplinary scientists who advance dental, oral, and craniofacial research. Previously the American Association for Dental Research, the 3,000-member organization connects the scientific community of professionals who champion research that contributes to overall health and well-being.