03-31-17 – AO announces recipients of 2017-2018 Osseointegration Foundation Research Grants
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL — March 31, 2017
Recipients of the 2017-2018 Osseointegration Foundation (OF) Research Grants were announced at the Academy of Osseointegration’s (AO) 2017 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla last week.
First-place grants of up to $30,000 each will be awarded to research teams in the following categories. These grant recipients will present their results at the 2018 AO Annual Meeting, to be held March 1- 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, Calif.
1st Place Basic Science
Title: A Novel Gene Activated Barrier Membrane that Harnesses the Regenerative Potential of Periosteum
Recipient: Satheesh Elangovan, BDS, DSc, DMSc, University of Iowa
“Our research team at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry is very grateful to the Osseointegration Foundation for this grant support that will allow us to explore the bone regeneration efficacy of a novel bioactive barrier membrane which has immense clinical translational potential,” said Dr. Elangovan.
1st Place Applied Science
Title: Identification of Host Related Risk Factors for Peri-implant Tissue Loss
Recipient: Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD, Ohio State University
“I’m very honored to receive the Applied Science Award,” said Dr. Leblebicioglu. “This grant will allow our team of clinicians and scientists to better understand peri-implant etiopathogenesis specific to dental implants. This knowledge, in turn, will be helpful to develop better preventive tools as well as treatment modalities with more predictable outcomes.”
Also at AO’s 2017 Annual Meeting, the 2016-2017 OF Research Grant recipients presented their findings and are expected to submit manuscripts to the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants (JOMI) later this year. They were:
Alireza Moshaverinia, DDS, MS, PhD – UCLA School of Dentistry, recipient of the 2016-2017 Basic Science Grant, presented on the Influence of Mucosa Tissue Thickness on Marginal Bone Loss of Implants with Smooth Collars: A Prospective Controlled Trial.
Hom-Lay Wang, DDS, MSD, PhD – University of Michigan School of Dentistry presented on An Adhesive and Osteoconductive Hydrogel for Bone Tissue Regeneration in Peri-implant Bone Loss. He was the recipient of the 2016-2017 OF Implant Applied Science Research Grant.
A call for applications for the 2017-2018 OF Research Grants will be announced this fall. To qualify, research grant proposals must be submitted by an AO member, faculty member or student who conducts research in any academic dental institution (at least one person on the research team must be an AO member).
About Academy of Osseointegration
With 6,000 members in 70 countries around the world, the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) is recognized as the premier international association for professionals interested in implant dentistry. AO serves as a nexus where specialists and generalists can come together to evaluate emerging research, technology, and techniques; share best information; and coordinate optimal patient care using timely, evidence-based science and methods.
About Osseointegration Foundation
Incorporated in 1987 as the philanthropic arm of AO, Osseointegration Foundation (OF) fosters the highest standards of research and education of practitioners, who in turn, use this research and education to enrich their patients’ lives and enhance their students’ knowledge and skills. Support of the Osseointegration Foundation is essential for the continuation of existing research grant programs and to enable new programs to be launched.