Division Of Experimental Odontology/Dental Research

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“...We can make our lives sublime, And departing, leave behind us Footprints on the sands of time.” (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807-1882) In 1954 a Dental Research Unit was formed between the Council for cientific and Industrial Research and the University of the Witwatersrand. Fifteen years later the Unit was taken over by the Medical Research Council who changed it into an Institute in 1978. In 2004 the Medical Research Council status of the Institute ended. These few lines of history conceal the intellectual efforts of four Directors, countless staff, postgraduate students and collaborators, as well as the sponsorship of the University, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and Medical Research Council. They conceal too the fun, hopes, worries and achievements of all of us who have striven to increase knowledge in an attempt to better Society. This collection shows the published work over 55 years of what is usually called the DRI, now the Division of Experimental Odontology. They are an acknowledgement of our “...footprints on the sands of time.”


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    Boris Ivan Balinsky 10 September 1905 – 1 September 1997
    (Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), 2005-05) Grossman, ES
    On 10 September 2005, we celebrate the centenary of the birth of Boris Ivan Balinsky, one of the best-known and most respected embryologists of the twentieth century. Through his remarkable and painstaking research, he laid the foundation of developmental biology as we know it today. Balinsky was a man whose research was shaped by his time, and for the first half of his working life this was dictated largely by the turbulence of the Russian Revolution and later by the instability of the SecondWorldWar. Soviet life depended on the whims of the man in power at any given time: thus, the course of Balinsky’s research was directed according to the situation in which he found himself and the facilities available to him. It is due to his insight, single-mindedness, ability to adapt, hands-on approach and meticulous technique that he managed to achieve the noteworthy research and groundbreaking findings in the years prior to, and after, his move to the West.