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The Speaker

Robert Genco DDS, PhD

Robert J. Genco, is a State University of New York Distinguished Professor of Oral Biology and Microbiology and Immunology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also is Vice Provost and Director of the Office of Science, Technology Transfer, and Economic Outreach at UB. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and has served on several of its committees commissioned by the U.S. Government to study major health care issues such as Medicare coverage of new dental clinical advances, and barriers to clinical research. Dr. Genco has received many awards including the American Dental Association (ADA) Gold Medal for Excellence in Research, the ADA Award for Clinical Research, the UB Samuel B. Capen Alumni Award, and the SUNY Research Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received an honorary doctorate from Georgetown University. He received a DDS, cum laude, from the University at Buffalo, and a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Pennsylvania. He also is a Periodontist and treated patients for 35 years. Dr. Genco has published over 350 papers, edited 11 texts, and has been awarded 11 patents. He also was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Periodontology from 1996-2006. Dr. Genco has an extensive teaching career acting as mentor to over 80 M.Sc., Ph.D. and postdoctoral students. He taught clinical periodontics, microbiology, and directed the Graduate Program in Periodontology and Oral Biology. Many of his students are leaders in academics, industry and government research activities. Dr. Genco has conducted pioneering studies of the role of infections in increasing the risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease and stroke. His earlier work established smoking, diabetes mellitus, obesity, low dietary calcium, osteoporosis, and stress as risk factors for periodontal infections. He also has studied tissue engineering as applied to periodontal and implant surgery. He has directed a Clinical Research Center for 30 years, and has served on 2 FDA panels. Dr. Genco currently serves as Secretary of the Board of the Buffalo Museum of Science. He also serves on the Boards of the WNY Business Development Fund, and Excell Partners, 2 regional seed capital funds.