Global Health Nexus, Spring 1999

NIDCR Director Harold Slavkin Presents Sackler Distinguished Lecture

Dr. Harold Slavkin, director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), presented the fourth annual Dr. Alvin M. Sackler Distinguished Lecture in Oral Medicine at the College of Dentistry on April 27, 1999.

Entitled "The Challenge for Oral Medicine in the 21st Century," the lecture attracted hundreds of NYU dental students, faculty, and alumni.Dr. Slavkin had been scheduled to present the annual Sackler Lecture last year, but weather conditions grounded his plane at the last minute.

The sixth director of the NIDCR, Dr. Slavkin oversees a staff of 450 scientists and administrators working at the NIH Research campus in Bethesda, Maryland, and administers an annual budget of more than $234 million. A cofounder of the journal Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology, he is a past president of the American Association of Dental Research and the founding chairman of the first Ph.D. program in the United States in craniofacial biology, at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry.

The Dr. Alvin M. Sackler Distinguished Lectures in Oral Medicine have been established and permanently endowed at the College of Dentistry by the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation to honor Dr. Alvin M. Sackler, a noted periodontist and researcher in the field of oral medicine. Dr. Raymond Sackler is president of the Purdue Frederick Company, a pharmaceutical research, manufacturing, and distributing concern. He and Mrs. Sackler are active supporters of many causes, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tel Aviv University, and the New York University School of Medicine, in addition to the New York University College of Dentistry.