Fridus (GA) Van der Weijden
Professor at the Department of Periodontology at the Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA), Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Professor Van der Weijden has during his career been actively engaged in research related to the prevention and therapy of gingivitis, periodontitis, peri-implant diseases and caries. His research interest focuses particularly on oral hygiene, where toothbrushes, dentifrices and mouth rinses are at the core of the research portfolio. Dr Van der Weijden’s original research has to a large part been performed in the form of randomized controlled trials, focusing on the effects of various oral hygiene-related products. Since 2002 Professor Van der Weijden has, in addition, performed extensive and innovative work resulting in a large number of high quality systematic reviews of importance for the field of preventive odontology.
The Yngve Ericsson Prize is awarded once every 3 years in acknowledgement of outstanding contributions to prevention of oral diseases. This international Prize is named after the founder of the Patent Revenue Fund.
The prize awardees have been selected by a five-member Prize Committee appointed by the Patent Revenue Fund and ORCA - the European Organization for Caries Research. The Prize was presented on July 4, 2019 at the ORCA Congress in Cartagena, Colombia.
Professor at the Division of Oral Ecology and Biochemistry at Tohoku University Graduate School of Dentistry in Sendai, Japan. Professor Takahashi has made outstanding contributions within the field of oral microbial physiology, where his research during the years has addressed questions related to the oral biofilm with a particular focus on bacterial metabolism in relation to different oral diseases. He has uncovered the metabolic pathways of a number of oral bacteria and the mechanisms responsible for their biochemical regulation. Professor Takahashi is a pioneer of metabolomics analysis of the oral biofilm. In addition, he has elucidated the interactions between bacterial metabolism-based pathogenicity and environmental factors. Among other achievements can be mentioned that he has been co-author of a number of textbooks and today serve as Associate Editor for Caries Research. Professor Takahashi's scientific contributions have been central to the almost paradigmatic change in oral microbiology taking place during recent years.