AO announces recipients of 2018-2019 Osseointegration Foundation Research Grants
Recipients of the 2018-2019 Osseointegration Foundation (OF) Research Grants were announced at the Academy of Osseointegration’s (AO) 2018 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles earlier this month.
First-place grants of up to $30,000 each and one second-place grant of $15,000 will be awarded to research teams in the following categories. These grant recipients will present their results at the 2019 AO Annual Meeting, to be held March 13 – 16, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
1st Place Basic Science
Title: “Customized Stem Cell Therapy for Alveolar Bone Regeneration and Implant Therapy”
Recipient: Darnell Kaigler, DDS, MS, University of Michigan
1st Place Applied Science
Title: “The Use of RNA-Seq in the Quantification of Gene Expression by Microbial Population in Adult Patients Diagnosed with Peri-implantitis Compared to Controls”
Recipient: Hanae Saito, DDS, MS, University of Maryland
2nd Place Applied Science
Title: “Electrophoretic Fusion of Perpendicular Type I Collagen into Titanium Nanotube for the Future Peri-implant Ligament
Recipient: Chia-Yu Chen, DDS, Harvard University
“I am very honored to receive the Applied Science Grant and our research team at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine is very grateful to the Academy of Osseointegration for this grant support. The grant will allow us to explore the potential of developing peri-implant ligament which could revolutionize implant dentistry,” said Dr. Chen.
Also at AO’s 2018 Annual Meeting, the 2017-2018 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:
Satheesh Elangovan, BDS, DSc, DMSc, University of Iowa presented his findings about “A Novel Gene Activated Barrier Membrane that Harnesses the Regenerative Potential of Periosteum.” He was the 2017-2018 OF Basic Science Grant recipient.
Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD, Ohio State University, recipient of the 2017-2018 Applied Science Grant, presented her research findings on “Identification of Host Related Risk Factors for Peri-implant Tissue Loss.”
A call for applications for the 2019-2020 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).