Ann Arbor, MI — June 26, 2015 — Dr. Jacques Nör will become the new chair of the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics on September 1. Dean Laurie McCauley announced the appointment following a highly competitive international search.
Nör is the Donald Kerr Collegiate Professor of Dentistry and also a professor of otolaryngology at the Medical School and a professor of biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering. He has taught at both predoctoral and graduate levels and has served on many school and U-M committees.
Nör earned his dental degree in 1985 from the Rio Grande do Sul Academy of Dentistry in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and practiced dentistry in a small town about 600 miles south of Rio de Janeiro until he came to Michigan in 1992 to earn a master’s degree in pediatric dentistry. “It was only after I came to Michigan that my interest in research flourished and I decided to pursue a PhD,” he said in the Fall 1999 issue of the School of Dentistry’s alumni magazine, DentalUM.
He was the first of two individuals to receive a doctorate in Oral Health Sciences from the School of Dentistry in May 1999. Working for his PhD in Dr. Peter Polverini’s laboratory, Nör’s research focused on angiogenesis, the formation and growth of new blood vessels that is fundamental to physiological and pathological processes. He earned two first-place Edward Hatton Awards for his work that same year from the American Association for Dental Research and the International Association for Dental Research (IADR).
Nör is co-director of the U-M Head and Neck SPORE (Specialized Programs of Research Excellence) funded by the National Cancer Institute and principal investigator for several NIH grants. His work has been published in 160 peer-reviewed publications and nine book chapters. He recently received the Distinguished Scientist Award from IADR.
Last December, Nör was inducted as the first honorary member of the Rio Grande do Sul Academy of Dentistry in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where he earned his dental degree in 1985. The academy is made up of 41 lifetime members who have demonstrated distinguished service to dentistry through scientific excellence and academic leadership.
The Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics is one of the school’s largest with approximately 130 faculty, adjunct faculty, researchers and staff. It plays a significant role in educating students in the predoctoral curriculum including preclinical instruction, comprehensive patient care and practice management. Nör succeeds Dr. Stephen Bayne who has chaired CRSE for the past 10 years.