The Birth of a Discipline: Craniofacial Biology


The Birth of a Discipline: Craniofacial Biology — Harold C. Slavkin, DDS

FEATURES: In this eclectic personal history, Harold C. Slavkin explores the forces behind biological and cultural changes, focusing on how the field of craniofacial biology has evolved. The author vividly describes the ideas and events that played out over the last two centuries that not only shaped craniofacial biology, but have begun to impact other research and healthcare areas. Published by AEGIS Communications.




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Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: Through My Prism: On Becoming a Midwife to Craniofacial Biology

CHAPTER 2: Origins

CHAPTER 3: From “Fish to Philosopher”—Defining The Problem

CHAPTER 4: Leadership and the Skills of Communication, Cooperation, Collaboration, and Coordination Drive Biomedical, Behavioral, and Social Sciences

CHAPTER 5: Evo-Devo Informs the Evolution of the Modern Human

CHAPTER 6: From Charles Darwin and a Case Report in 1875 to Clinical Trials in 2010

CHAPTER 7: The Promise of the Biological Revolution: Human Genome Project, Discovery of Genes,and Craniofacial Malformations

CHAPTER 8: Personal Reflections on Building Coalitions

CHAPTER 9: Reflections on My NIDCR Experience: The Art, Science, and Politics of Advocacy

CHAPTER 10: Looking to the Future: Craniofacial Biology—A Geometric Progression


About the Author

Harold C. Slavkin, DDS, has spent nearly five decades engaged in biomedical research focusing on craniofacial developmental biology. He was director of the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology at the University of Southern California (USC). In 1995 he took a leave of absence to serve as the sixth director of the National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)(1995-2000). He was instrumental in a name change for the Institute to become the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) in 1998. Slavkin and his team served as the lead agency for the first-time ever Surgeon General’s Report “Oral Health in America” released in May 2000.

Slavkin then returned to USC as dean of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry from August 2000 until through December 2008, and continues to be a full-time member of the faculty. Dr. Slavkin is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences; a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American College of Dentistry, and the International College of Dentistry. He is also a past president of the American Association for Dental Research, a member of the International Association for Dental Research, and a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association and the Los Angeles Dental Society.

He is the author of Developmental Craniofacial Biology (1979), has edited nine books, and has authored more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific papers emphasizing craniofacial molecular biology in understanding how the craniofacial-oral-dental complex is formed, as well as its applications through biotechnology. Slavkin holds Honorary degrees from Georgetown University, University of Maryland, University of Detroit, University of Paris, University of Montreal, University of Connecticut, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and the Peking University in Beijing, China.
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