Dr. Shigemi Nagai, associate professor of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Sciences at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) recently received the E. B. Clark Award from the Society for Color and Appearance in Dentistry (SCAD)–the society’s highest recognition for lifetime achievement in color science research.
“I’m honored to be the first female recipient of the E. B. Clark Award,” Dr. Nagai said. “The past recipients of this award have been great researchers and clinicians. Some of them are pioneers of CAD/CAM in dentistry and dental ceramics and color. My career has focused on many different areas of research, and I remain passionate about color science in dentistry.”
Dr. Nagai is a full-time faculty member in prosthodontics and is dedicated to teaching prosthodontics and mentoring students. She conducts research in various fields of dentistry, and has published numerous academic articles. She was involved in the development of a dental spectrophotometer for precise color measurement of hard and soft tissue. With this device, Dr. Nagai conducted and published a clinical research study with Colombia University on the clinical efficacy of a colored implant system on the soft tissue esthetic and bone stability. Her research has also explored the development of a novel optical system for caries detection using an NIR (near-infra-red) fluorescence probe, and computerized color-matching technology for dental restorations and maxillofacial prostheses.