Call for the ORCA Prize 2021

The deadline for nominations is January 10, 2021.

Nominations are invited for the ORCA Prize 2021. This prestigious prize is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of dental caries research.

Only ORCA members can make nominations for the prize but nominees need not be ORCA members. Moreover, there are no restrictions on nominees with respect to age or seniority, and persons who have previously been nominated unsuccessfully can be renominated.

The main qualification is a body of original published work in caries research, but this may be supported by a record of active promotion of caries research in other ways. The chairman of the Prize Committee will be Prof. David Beighton. Each nomination should be supplemented by a “brief statement of the reasons for nomination” (i.e., a suggested citation), a curriculum vitae including a listing of “the body of original published work”, the field(s) in which the nominee predominantly works or worked, and the location where he/she did so.

Please send your nomination to the chairman of the Prize Committee: Prof. David Beighton; e-mail:

2020 Winner: Eric Reynolds

Dr. Reynolds, in a career spanning 36 years, has become an influential researcher with over one hundred publications in the field of caries research and over 325 total peer-reviewed publications overall. His publications have an impressive impact (h) factor of nearly 70. In his career he has attracted more than $100 million for dental research from government agencies and industry. In 2003 Dr. Reynolds established the Australian Co-operative Research Center for Oral Health Science, which is grown to become an important center for the study of oral diseases, in particular dental caries.
Dr. Reynolds' early work demonstrated that the frequency of sugar consumption was more important than the total amount of sugar consumed, that sialoglycoproteins played an important role of in S. mutans pellicle adherence. His early studies on S. mutans led to a better understanding of how this bacteria transports sugars, how it maintains a neutral intra-cellular pH while growing in an acidic environment. This later study won, in 1992, the William J. Gies award for the best paper published the Journal of Dental Research. Professor Reynolds has also extensively studied antimicrobial peptides with important papers published in Nature and other prestigious journals. Finally, Dr. Reynolds’ research has provided insights into the critical role of fluoride in remineralization of enamel subsurface lesions, and the pathogenic processes of specific oral bacteria. It was during these studies that Dr. Reynolds pioneered the use of novel techniques to characterize the ultrastructure of demineralized and remineralized enamel.
Perhaps most importantly, Dr. Reynolds early characterization of the properties of milk proteins lead to the development of a peptide stabilized amorphous calcium phosphate with anti-caries potential that has been widely used in numerous products from commercial chewing gums to professional products.
Besides the Gies award noted above, Professor Reynolds has received the Docking award for outstanding scientific in dental research, the Australian Clunies Ross National Science and Technology Award, the Victoria Prize, and the Smorgon Award for the successful application of science and technology. Professor Reynolds was also awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia in 2005 and in 2016 he received the Award of Merit from the Australian Dental Association. In 2017 he received the Australian Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation.
Dr. Reynolds is an active member of ORCA. He has served as an editor for the Journal of Dental Research and the Australian Dental Journal, as an expert reviewer for numerous panels, and as an ad hoc reviewer for dozens of scientific journals. He holds more than 80 patents for the development of treatment modalities in the field of oral health.
Finally, Dr. Reynolds has significantly contributed to the future of oral health research by supervising more than 35 PHD/MS thesis.

ORCA Prize Past Winners

2020 Eric Reynolds
2019 Not ORCA Prize but Ingve Ericsson Prize was awarded
2018 Gerald L Vogel
2017 Cor van Loveren
2016 Not ORCA Prize but Yngve Ericsson Prize was awarded (link)
2015 Cynthia Pine
2014 David Beighton
2013 Not ORCA Prize but Yngve Ericsson Prize was awarded (link)
2012 Jaime Cury
2011 Peter Shellis
2010 Not ORCA Prize but Yngve Ericsson Prize was awarded (link)

Recipients of the ORCA/Zsolnay Prize

2009 Adrian Lussi
2008 Helen Whelton
2007 George Stookey
2006 Brian Clarkson
2005 Nigel B Pitts
2004 Jorman Tenovuo
2003 Denis O'Mullane
2002 John DB Featherstone
2001 Bente Nyvad
2000 Jaap J ten Bosch

Recipients of the ORCA/Rolex Prize

1999 B. Angmar-Mansson
1998 D. Geddes
1997 W.M. Edgar
1996 A. Rugg-Gunn
1995 H. Luoma
1994 G.N. Jenkins
1993 G. Bowden
1992 G.M. Whitford
1991 P.D. Marsh
1990 K.W. Stephen
1989 C. Dawes
1988 O. Fejerskov
1987 J.P. Carlos
1986 J.M. ten Cate
1985 J. Ekstrand
1984 G. Rolla
1983 F. Brudevold
1982 C. Robinson
1981 J. Arends
1980 H. Held
1978 J. Patz
1977 W.H. Bowen
1976 G.S. Ingram
1975 J.A. Beeley
1974 T. Mikx
1973 L.M. Silverstone
1972 B. Guggenheim
1971 C. Cimasoni
1970 J.M. Birkeland
1969 Y. Ericsson
1968 J.A. Weatherell
1967 S.A. Leach, W.G. Armstrong
1966 A. Boyde, T.M. Marthaler
1965 J.E. Eastoe
1964 K.G. König, H. Schule, R.J. Gibbons