Robert J. Genco, DDS, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor,
director of the University at Buffalo Science, Technology Transfer
and Economic Outreach (STOR) and UB professor of periodontics and
endodontics is the recipient of the American Academy of
Periodontology's (AAP) Distinguished Scientist Award for 2012.
The AAP Distinguished Scientist Award is presented to an academy
member who has actively contributed to the basic science and/or
clinical science of periodontology through published literature and
has contributed to pre- and postdoctoral education.
Genco received the award in recognition of more than three
decades of research, scholarship and service that contributed to
the understanding, prevention and treatment of periodontal
"I am pleased and humbled by this recognition. I have had a long
and fruitful association with the American Academy of
Periodontology, and to be honored by them is a highlight of my
career. It is also recognition of the many colleagues I have had
the honor of working with at UB and other universities," said
The AAP, founded in 1914, is an 8000-member association of
dental professionals specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and
treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures
of the teeth.
Dean of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine,
Michael L. Glick, DMD, said, "I am gratified to see my colleague
and friend, Dr. Genco, receive this well-deserved award from the
American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). His contributions to the
University at Buffalo and the oral health community are
immeasurable and continue to inspire researchers across the globe
to pursue new discoveries that define excellence while improving
quality of life."
A 1963 graduate of the UB School of Dental Medicine, Genco
received a PhD in microbiology and immunology from the University
of Pennsylvania in 1967.
Formerly chair of the Department of Oral Biology at UB's School
of Dental Medicine for 25 years and also the director of the
Periodontal Disease Clinical Research Center, Genco and his
colleagues were among the first to report a connection between gum
disease and heart disease and stroke and led studies relating
periodontitis to diabetes mellitus and obesity.
Genco has held editorial positions with 11 scientific journals,
edited or co-edited ten books and authored or co-authored more than
325 scientific articles and publications.
He is a past president of the American Association for Dental
Research and the International Association of Dental Research.
Genco has been the primary investigator on multi-million dollar
grants from the NIDCR, and editor of the Journal of Periodontology
and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National
Academy of Science.
When former University at Buffalo president, John B. Simpson,
named Genco interim provost in February of 2004, he noted that
Genco was "one of UB's most distinguished professors,
internationally recognized and highly regarded both within his
field and the UB community as an accomplished scientist and
William V. Giannobile, DDS, MS, DMSc, chair of the Department of
Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan School
of Dentistry, who nominated Genco for the award said, "I believe
that Dr. Genco is the ideal individual to be recognized for this
award given his tremendous dedication not only to the AAP but to
all of periodontology."
Genco has received many awards, including the American Dental
Association's 2003 Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical
Research; the American Academy of Periodontology Gold Medal (1993);
American Dental Association Gold Medal for Excellence in Dental
Research (1991); Samuel P. Capen Alumni Award, the UB Alumni
Association's most prestigious award (1990); William J. Gies
Foundation Award from the American Academy of Periodontology
(1983), and the George W. Thorn Award from the UB Alumni