Dr. Sara El Husseini from the University of Southern California was one of the Osseointegration Foundation’s Student Travel Grant recipients and presented a scientific e-poster at AO’s 2018 Annual Meeting.
OF Student Travel Grant recipients reflect on Annual Meeting experience
With financial support from the Osseointegration Foundation (OF), 20 students from around the globe were awarded Student Travel Grants to present their research at the Academy of Osseointegration’s (AO) 2018 Annual Meeting.
These inaugural recipients were among the top scoring oral research and e-poster abstracts submitted for the Annual Meeting as selected by members of the AO Research Submissions and E-poster committees. More than 250 abstracts and e-posters representing original and groundbreaking research conducted by AO’s international implant dentistry member community were received for the 2018 Annual Meeting.
AO CONNECT staff contacted a few of the winners to offer their reflections about being selected and presenting at AO’s Annual Meeting.
One recipient was Dr. I-Ching Wang from China, a first-year resident in the graduate program of periodontics in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan, specializing in periodontics and implantology. Dr. Wang presented “Volumetric and Linear Analysis of Tissue Changes on Immediate Implants with or without Immediate Provisionalization: A Randomized Controlled Trial” at the Oral Clinical Research Session.
“I am most grateful that not only I got accepted for the oral presentation, but also had this privilege to receive this grant dedicated to students,” said Dr. Wang. “It was a remarkable experience to be among world-class presenters and clinicians. I definitely learned a lot about how an idea or story could be expressed through multiple-media and styles, and possible direction for research work.”
Dr. Zeeshan Sheikh from the University of Toronto said, “It was indeed a great honor and a great platform to present research work to the dental fraternity that attends the annual meetings. I hope to be a more permanent part of the AO family in the immediate future and for a long time to come.”
Dr. Sheikh presented a scientific e-poster, “Improved Vertical Bone Augmentation Using Dicalcium Phosphate Grafts Containing a Novel Bisphosphonate-EP4a Conjugate.”
Attending from Tokyo Medical and Dental University was post-graduate student Dr. Wataru Kozuma, who presented “Effect of Hydroxyapatite Fiber Material with Magnesium on Bone Regeneration: in vivo and in vitro study.” The goal of his research, a scientific e-poster, is to develop the best bone substitutes.
“When I was informed about receiving a Student Travel Grant, it was incredible. I told my family and boss about it. It was a valuable opportunity to present my research in a foreign country and meet other excellent students. I was impressed listening to presentations of famous people,” said Dr. Kozuma.
Attending as a second year periodontal resident from the University of Southern California was Sara El Husseini Ahmed. Dr. El Husseini presented “3D Volumetric analysis of post-extraction maxillary sinus floor pneumatization: A Retrospective Analysis,” a scientific poster of a research project to explore the changes in the maxillary sinus floor post extraction using 3D volumetric analysis.
“It was the first time to receive such an award. I was really astounded, excited and happy. AO is for sure one most educational meetings I have attended so far. It felt like a great accomplishment to be part of it and to present my research project at such a keystone meeting in our field,” said Dr. El Husseini.