Members of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) have elected Dr. Maria Emanuel Ryan, professor and chair of the Department of Oral Biology and Pathology in the School of Dental Medicine at Stony Brook University, to serve as the next AADR vice president. Her term will begin at the conclusion of the 45th AADR Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California, March 16-19, 2016. After serving as vice president, she will remain on the AADR Board of Directors for three consecutive terms as president-elect, president and immediate past president. AADR is the largest division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR).
Dr. Ryan, who is a distinguished Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine alumna and a past president of the Stony Brook University Alumni Association, has served on the Board of Directors of the Task Force on Design and Analysis of Oral Health Research since 2003 and is a newly elected member of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Association Board. She received an AB from Barnard College, Columbia University; a DDS from the School of Dental Medicine, Stony Brook University; a certificate in periodontology from the School of Dental Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center; and a PhD in Oral Biology and Pathology, Stony Brook University. She was a fellow of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine, and the Energeia Partnership, Academy of Regional Stewardship at Molloy College.
Ryan stated that she was honored to be elected the AADR vice president and that it will be a privilege to serve the AADR membership and contribute to the continued growth of the organization. “This is a proud and exciting time for the AADR as it is for the Department of Oral Biology and Pathology, known for its’ translational research,” she said. “I look forward to working together with my colleagues here at Stony Brook and throughout the nation to achieve high standards of excellence in oral health research, promoting the mission and advancing the vision of the AADR.”
“The School of Dental Medicine faculty, students and staff are quite honored and pleased that Dr. Ryan has been recognized for her achievements,” said Dr. Mary R Truhlar, dean of the School of Dental Medicine at Stony Brook University. “We wish her much success in this prestigious position.”
Ryan has been an AADR member since 1991. She has been an invited speaker and co-chaired numerous scientific sessions at IADR/AADR meetings. As an active member and volunteer, she has reviewed applications for the AADR Neal W. Chilton Fellowship in Clinical Research since the inception of the award. She served as president of the AADR New York/Long Island Section from 2000 to 2007 and on the AADR Council from 2001 to 2006. Additionally, she has been a reviewer for the IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research. As vice president, Ryan will work to support the AADR mission and the vision of the Board of Directors.
Maria Ryan and her husband, Charles Ryan, a distinguished Stony Brook University alum, established the Ryan Endowed Scholarship for Future Academicians at the School of Dental Medicine in 2012. This is the second endowed scholarship the couple has created at Stony Brook. In 2002 the Ryan’s established the Charles and Maria Ryan Scholarship in Oral Biology and Pathology.