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Dr. Masri Receives Outstanding Clinician/Researcher Award

Written by Adam Zewe

Assistant Professor Radi Masri, DDS, MS, PhD, received the 2012 Clinician/Researcher award from the American College of Prosthodontics (ACP). Dr. Masri will be honored at the ACP annual meeting on Nov. 2 in Baltimore. "I am proud to receive this award. It feels good to be acknowledged by my peers," he states.

Dr. Masri, a native of Jordan, joined UMSOD as an assistant professor in 2008. He came to Maryland 10 years earlier to complete the postgraduate prosthodontics program. After receiving his specialty certificate, he went on to earn a PhD in neuroscience and pain and complete a three-year fellowship at the School of Medicine before returning to UMSOD as a faculty member. For Dr. Masri, the most rewarding part of teaching is watching students learn and grow as they progress from pupils to professionals. "That's what motivates me, finding someone who wants to learn," remarks Dr. Masri.

Scientific discovery is also a strong motivator for Dr. Masri. His lab investigates treatments for chronic pain and researches dental devices that enhance patients' lives. Recently, Dr. Masri studied intraoral devices that improve deaf patients' abilities to hear. An intraoral device worn inside the patient's mouth picks up sound waves and then vibrates using the same frequency as those waves. When those vibrations are applied to the teeth, the patient can hear the sound. "Working on the project was a nice opportunity to do something translational that can help patients quickly," Dr. Masri says.

In the future, Dr. Masri looks forward to focusing on even more translational research. He is particularly interested in studying how the brain processes pain signals, in an effort to find remedies for chronic pain conditions that are currently untreatable. "Research satisfies my curiosity. It is almost like a puzzle, trying to solve one piece at a time," he concludes.

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