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Eastman Dental Center’s Caton Wins National Award

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Dr. Jack Caton, chair of Periodontics Division and program director of the Advanced Training Program in Periodontics at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Eastman Dental Center, has won a national award for his significant contributions to oral medicine and dental clinical research.

Caton received the 2008 Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, sponsored by the American Dental Association and Johnson & Johnson Consumer and Personal Products Worldwide. He has spent a professional lifetime discovering ways to improve the way clinicians worldwide diagnose and treat periodontal disease. His research on the significance of bleeding upon probing has resulted in showing the dental scientific community that this diagnostic parameter can be reliably used to assess periodontal health.

Several of Caton’s phase three clinical trials have resulted in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approving commercial products, mot notably Periostat—used for treating chronic periondontitis.

ADA President Mark J. Feldman wrote in a letter to Caton that his “extensive and very impressive work involving clinical research on periodontal disease, along with the publication of numerous studies in this area, has greatly contributed to the body of scientific knowledge.” Caton received a plaque and $5,000 during a special ceremony recently at the American Dental Association headquarters in Chicago.

Caton is a former chairman of the American Board of Periodontology and a past president of the American Academy of Periodontology. He serves as an editorial consultant to several national and international periodicals and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Periodontology. He received a DDS from the University of California Dental School, San Francisco, an M.S. from the University of Rochester and a Periodontology Specialty Certificate from Eastman Dental Center. He has published more than 80 scientific articles and book chapters, and presented before major dental groups worldwide. He also has a private periodontal practice.

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