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Dr. Augusto R. Elias-Boneta



Augusto R. Elías-Boneta, DMD, MSD, Professor and Assistant Dean of Research at the University of Puerto Rico, School of Dental Medicine (UPR SDM). He obtained his dental degree (DMD 1973) from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master in Science of Dentistry (MSD 1975) in Dental Materials and Preventive Dentistry from Indiana University. He was awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree from the University of Costa Rica (Jun, 2008). Dr. Elías served in the ADA Council of Dental Therapeutics and in the NIDCR National Advisory Council. He was a board member of the Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Elias has also served as President of the Puerto Rico Dental Association and the Hispanic Dental Association. He is a fellow of the American and International College of Dentists.

In his role as Assistant Dean of Research, Dr. Elías promotes and coordinates research and other scholarly activities for faculty, graduate and undergraduate dental students. These activities include mentoring young researchers, research components of a Masters program for graduate students and a DMD/PhD program. He chairs the SDM Research Committee and is one of the two Multiple PI's and the Project Director of the School of Dental Medicine Endowment Fund: Capacity Advancement in Research Infrastructure (S21). Dr. Elías has served as the Principal Investigator/Project Director (P1/PD) in a successfully completed Infrastructure Grant (U24) to address the building of infrastructure and capacity of the UPRSDM for the conduct, collaboration, and promotion of research. In addition, he was the UPR Co-Director of the administrative core for the NYU Oral Cancer RAAHP Center, a NIDCR-funded initiative, to reduce Oral Health Disparities (U54).

His research activities include: 1) first and second island wide study assessing the prevalence of dental caries in 12 year-old children attending private and public schools in Puerto Rico, which recognized a health disparity attributed to socioeconomic status between children attending public and private schools, 2) the identification, in collaboration with a group of researchers from NYU, of a deficit in biopsying potentially premalignant oral lesions and the study of oral health disparities in Puerto Rico 3) calibration and training program in dental caries, plaque and gingivitis that offers training to examiners from PR, USA, and Latin America.

Dr. Elías established the School of Dental Medicine Community Board to advise investigators from the US and Puerto Rico on the social, behavioral and cultural health determinants of Puerto Ricans. Dr. Elías has developed research collaborations with dental schools and professionals from the USA and Latin America. He mentors and contributes with researchers from the University of Costa Rica in community projects and dental materials research.



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