Dr. Augusutus Elias discussed the research portfolio at the University of Puerto Rico School of Dentistry during his visit to NYUCD. He pointed out that three of the four research programs on the chart are affiliated with NYUCD.
Dr. Augustus Elias, left, receives the RAAHPer of the Year Award from Dr. Ralph Katz.
Elias, Director of Research at the University of Puerto Rico School
of Dentistry, has won the 2003 RAAHPer of the Year Award, presented
annually by the NYU Oral Cancer Research for Adolescent and Adult
Health Promotion (RAAHP) Center to the individual who has excelled
in RAAHP Center activities during the preceding year. The RAAHP Center
was established in 2001, with a seven-year, $8.3 million grant from
the NIH to investigate why African Americans and Hispanics have a
higher incidence of oral cancer and higher mortality rates from oral
cancer than other groups.
The award was presented at the RAAHP Center’s annual banquet for the
External Advisory Board, a dinner preceding a two-day working meeting which
reviewed the progress of the NYU Oral Cancer RAAHP Center to date, and this
year also featured guest speakers on oral cancer from India and Sri Lanka/England,
as well as from the NYU School of Medicine’s Center for Immigrant
In presenting the award to Dr. Elias, Dr. Ralph V. Katz, Director
of the RAAHP Center and Professor and Chairman of the Department of
Epidemiology & Health Promotion, said: “Dr. Elias’s
vision, scientific interests, and administrative diligence not only
have made the University of Puerto Rico our major partner in the RAAHP
Center, they have also been central in making our RAAHP Center a reality
for all 48 participants at the 15 collaborating universities and agencies.
Simply put, without Dr. Elias there would not have been, could not
have been, an NYU Oral Cancer RAAHP Center. Tonight we thank him,
and honor him.”