Rutgers School of Dental Medicine alumnus Anthony Volpe, DDS, MS, '60, recently learned that a premier dental facility now bears his name. A dental research center on the grounds of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland is now known as the Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center. The facility is jointly operated by the ADA and the ADA Foundation and conducts research in biomaterial and tissue engineering.
Formerly known as the Paffenbarger Research Center, the lab's name was changed when Dr. Volpe retired from Colgate-Palmolive Co. in 2012. In addition the American Dental Association (ADA), the ADA Foundation and Colgate-Palmolive Co. have made major contributions to enhance the ongoing research at the center and to support the endowment of a new fellowship. A distinguished researcher will be recruited and known as the Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Fellow.
During his 40-plus year career Dr. Volpe conducted clinical research around the world, interacting with all of the major global dental organizations. He was also a tireless advocate for dental research and was extremely successful at instilling in young scientists the excitement and rewards of conducting dental research. He has received numerous prestigious dental awards and has been published in more than 200 international scientific dental journals. He is also the only dentist in industry to be elected president of the ADA Foundation.
"We wanted to find an appropriate way to honor Tony when he retired," says Gene Wurth, executive director of the ADA Foundation. "He established a pathway for young scientists and has served as a mentor to hundreds of them. He represents everything good about research. By naming the lab after him, we are holding him up as an example. We want young researchers to aspire to be like Tony."
"I was completely overwhelmed," Dr. Volpe said when he learned of the name change. "I didn't know anything about it, and I was shocked and very humbled. Most of all I am thrilled that there is a new source of revenue that will continue to advance the research going on there."