May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


The Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research

May 2013 Volume XLVIX Number 3


The Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research was established to recognize investigators whose clinical research has had a meaningful impact on some aspect of clinical dentistry. Twenty-two distinguished recipients have received the award since its inception in 1991.

This award honors the memory of Dr. Norton M. Ross (1925-1990), a dentist and pharmacologist who spent most of his career in academic and research positions. Dr. Ross elevated clinical research to a higher level of scientific standards. His considerable contributions to the fields of oral medicine and dental clinical research have had a positive and lasting influence on the publics oral health.

This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions in clinical investigations that have advanced the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of craniofacialoral-dental diseases, as well as outstanding research endeavors in other areas.


Submit a concise letter of nomination describing the nominees accomplishments in the context of the awards objectives, along with the nominees curriculum vitae and a list of publications. The letter should be explicit in describing the impact of the nominees research on clinical dentistry.


Selection is based upon the scope of the nominees research, with special emphasis on its impact on clinical dentistry and on publications in refereed journals.

Award recipients typically demonstrate a high level of creativity and innovation.

For example, individuals who have not only developed new materials but also conducted the clinical trials necessary to translate the research results to clinical application are more probable candidates than those involved solely in clinical testing of dental materials or other products. They may have generated new insights into disease etiology and/or pathogenesis, which, in turn, have led to changes in therapeutic and/or preventive measures for a given disease.


The recipient will receive a $5,000 honorarium and a plaque.


The American Dental Association sponsors the award with the generous support of Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products, Division of McNeil-PPC, Inc. 

Nominations must be received at ADA headquarters by June 14, 2013. Please address nominations to: Kathleen Alexandrakis, The Norton M. Ross Award, American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611.