Griffith University Emeritus Professor Newell Johnson has received the 2019 Global Oral Health Research Award from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) for his research in the field of oral health.

One of 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards, it is one of the highest honors bestowed by the association and was announced at the opening ceremony of the 97th General Session and Exhibition of the IADR in Vancouver.

Professor Johnson is a member of Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland and was the Foundation Dean of Griffith University’s School of Dentistry and Oral Health.

His remarkable career spans nearly 60 years, with research covering epidemiology, aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnostic markers, and the management of common and serious oral, head and neck diseases, such as dental caries, periodontal diseases, head and neck cancer and HIV/AIDS.

He has carried out field research in cities, rural and remote areas around the world, in countries including Sudan, Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Philippines and Colombia.

Professor Johnson was previously awarded Honorary Life Membership of the International Association of Oral Pathologists.