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Dean McCauley receives top Harvard dental school award

Laurie McCauley (center) with members of the Goldhaber family, from left, Ethel, Samuel and Reeve. At far right is Bruce Donoff, dean of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. 

Ann Arbor, Mich., June 16, 2017 -–  Dr. Laurie McCauley, dean of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, has received the annual Goldhaber Award from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

The Harvard dental school describes the Goldhaber Award as the preeminent honor it bestows on individuals in the field of dental medicine. The award is presented to “an individual of distinction who has made novel and innovative contributions to dental medicine, science and patient care.” McCauley was cited for her research in hormonal controls of bone remodeling, parathyroid hormone anabolic actions in bone and prostate cancer skeletal metastasis.

The award ceremony was part of the Harvard dental school’s research presentations day this spring. McCauley gave the keynote Goldhaber Award lecture on “Osteal Macrophages: Micromanagers of Skeletal Homeostasis.”

McCauley is the William K. and Mary Anne Najjar Professor in Periodontics at U-M. She joined the School of Dentistry as a faculty member in 1992, and continues to conduct scientific research, clinical education and clinical practice. She also has an appointment as a professor in the Department of Pathology at the U-M Medical School. She holds five degrees from Ohio State University: undergraduate degrees in dental hygiene and education, Doctor of Dental Surgery, Master of Science in dentistry and a PhD in veterinary pathobiology. McCauley started her first five-year term as 14th dean and first woman to lead the School of Dentistry on Sept. 1, 2013, and earlier this year was reappointed to a second five-year term through 2023.

The Harvard award is named for the late Paul Goldhaber, dean of the Harvard dental school for 22 years. The award was presented to McCauley by Dean Bruce Donoff and members of the Goldhaber family.


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