Background information: Dr. Meurman is professor of oral infectious diseases at the University of Helsinki and head physician at the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland.
He is the author or co-author of numerous peer-reviewed original research publications mainly focusing on the various aspects of oral health and systemic health and in oral microbiology.
Current PubMed hits are 265 publications, Web of Science 308 entries with Hirsch index 35 and 4261 citations.
Dr. Meurman has also had special interests in probiotics, a new research area he pioneered in the early 1990s, and in oral Candida infections.
He has supervised 22 doctoral theses and lectured extensively in various international forums.
He has received several honours including the “Echelon Argent” of Ville de Paris, France, in 1991, from President Chirac.
In 2004, Dr. Meurman received the title of “Docteur honoris causa” from the Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg, France.
In 2005 he received the “Geriatric Oral Research Award” of the IADR.
In 2007 Dr. Meurman was promoted “Doctor honoris causa” in the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, where he also took the position as an Adjunct Professor.
In 2009 he received his third “doctor honoris causa” from the Medical University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
He is an invited member of the German Leopoldina Academy of Sciences and Chair of the Biomedical Section of the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters, and member ad hominis of the Royal Society of Surgeons Edinburgh.
Dr. Meurman is knight, first order, of the Finnish White Rose, an honour conferred by the President of the Republic of Finland.