Marcelo W.B. Araujo, DDS, MS, PhD

Marcelo W.B. Araujo, DDS, MS, PhD

The American Dental Association (ADA) has named Marcelo W.B. Araujo, DDS, MS, PhD, as vice president of its Science Institute and James M. Lyznicki as senior manager for its Council on Scientific Affairs.

Araujo will focus on leading scientific and dental research projects and manage the research agenda, including ADA policies and programs pertaining to the Council on Scientific Affairs, Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, ADA Research and Laboratories, Professional Product Review, Seal of Acceptance, Scientific Information, and Standards.

In addition, Araujo will provide scientific guidance within the Institute and agencies of the ADA to address current and emerging scientific issues that affect public health, patient care, dental practice, and national and international health programs. He will collaborate with the ADA’s chief science officer and serve as liaison to the ADA Foundation’s Volpe Research Center.

Before accepting the position with the ADA, Araujo held the position of senior research director in the Global Scientific & Professional Affairs department at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies Inc, where he led a global team focused on five therapeutic areas of innovation aimed at improving public health and wellness.

Prior to his post at Johnson & Johnson, Araujo served as senior director of global clinical research for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, where he assumed responsibility for the leadership of global clinical programs in cardiology. Araujo has held academic positions both in the United States and Brazil, where he also practiced dentistry in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro.

James M. Lyznicki will provide support to the Council and its consultants in the ADA Seal of Acceptance Program, ADA Professional Product Review, and Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry.

Prior to joining the ADA, Lyznicki served as senior policy analyst in the Science and Biotechnology unit at the American Medical Association (AMA), where he researched and wrote science policy reports on clinical and public health topics. He also held positions at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Rush Medical Center in Chicago.

Lyznicki earned a master’s degree in clinical microbiology from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in public health in the environmental and occupational health sciences from the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago.