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28.01.2020 | Host Parasite Interactions in Periodontal Disease (C Genco and D Kinane, Section Editors)

On the Role of Mentorship in Team Science

Current Oral Health Reports
Hailey R. Banack
Wichtige Hinweise
This article is part of the Topical Collection on Host Parasite Interactions in Periodontal Disease

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Purpose of Review

This paper highlights the value of mentorship based on lessons learned working with Dr. Robert (‘Bob’) Genco before he passed away in March 2019. Bob was a terrific mentor to researchers working in diverse environments, including academia, clinical settings, and industry.

Recent Findings

Five key dimensions of mentorship are discussed in this review: resources, opportunities, advice, protection, and interpersonal connection. Bob demonstrated that mentorship can and should be cross-disciplinary. Though we had very different areas of expertise, our joint involvement on a multidisciplinary research team provided ample opportunities for learning and knowledge translation.


Mentorship is particularly valuable for early and mid-career researchers seeking to develop a productive and well-funded program of research. My experience working with Bob taught me about the value of mentorship that encompasses both professional and interpersonal dimensions. Bob was a terrific mentor and will be missed by all who had the chance to work with him.

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