The Elmer S. Best Memorial Award, named in memory of the founder of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, was established by the Board of Trustees in 1962. It is awarded when the occasion is deemed proper by the Board and to no more than one recipient in any year. Recipients must be members of the dental profession from outside the United States who have made distinguished contributions of international significance to dentistry. This award is presented at a time and place mutually agreed upon by the recipient and the presenter.
Past Trustee Latin America Dr. Omar Campos with the Elmer S. Best Award Recipient Dr. Francisco Rothhammer and PFA International President Dr. Richard Sawers, award was presnted to Dr. Rothhammer in Arica Chile on September 12, 2018
2018 Elmer S. Best Recipient:
Dr. Francisco Rothhammer
Prof. (Dr.) Francisco Rothhammer
His academic career began with a training as a dental surgeon on the Faculty of Odontology at the University of Chile followed by a genetics training at the Faculty of Medicine. He obtained a Fogarty Center grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health to specialize in human genetics at the University of Michigan, Department of Human Genetics led by James V. Neel, one of the most prestigious geneticists worldwide.
After the return of Prof. Rothhammer to Chile, he was appointed as Associate Professor of University of Chile. He organized the Multinational Andean Population Genetic Project with participation of colleagues from Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, the USA and Peru, and returned to the US as Visiting Professor at the University of Texas, Center for Demographic and Population Genetics with the eminent population geneticists Ranajit Chakraborty and Masatoshi Nei. During this stay, he published a monograph on Genetics of Human Populations commissioned by the Department of Scientific Affairs of the Organization
of American States (OAS). After his return to the University of Chile, he was appointed as Full Professor of Cell Biology and Genetics. He held the positions of Director of the Department of Cell Biology and Genetics and Director of the Human Genetics Program of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences.
He visited the University of Hamburg with a DAAD fellowship on two occasions and held courses on genetics of human populations in universities from Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. He is founder and was the first president of the Latin American Association of Biological Anthropology. After being elected a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Institute of Chile and to occupy the positions of Vice President and President of this institution, he actively collaborated with the Deans of the Faculties of Sciences of Chilean state universities and with the Ministry of Education. In 2016, Prof. Rothhammer received the Chilean National Natural Science Award for his outstanding scientific achievements.
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