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.
Osseointegration Foundation announces MORE Student Travel Grants
By Robert R. Lemke, DDS, MD, PA
Chairman, AO Research Submissions Committee
For the Academy of Osseointegration’s (AO) 2018 Annual Meeting, the Osseointegration Foundation (OF) introduced Student Travel Grants. It was a great success leading to 20 students from throughout the world receiving $1,000 each to help cover the costs of attending the yearly meeting. For 2019, OF is able to increase this to 25 grants each of $1,000. The additional grants are being made possible by Anker Dental Implant Systems. The grants are given to the top 25 students with the best abstracts submitted for publication.
A peek into the abstract submission process
Do you have a research project that you would like to publish? AO offers many ways to present and publish research and now can support your research with these Student Travel Grants.
The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, October 5, 2018.
There are four categories for presenting your research.
1. Clinical Innovations
2. Oral Clinical Research
3. Oral Scientific Research
Oral Clinical Research focuses on studies that involve patients. Examples include studies on peri-implantitis, bone levels around implants, or radiographic analysis of implants in patients. Eight abstract authors are selected for oral presentation.
Oral Scientific Research focuses on laboratory research that does not directly involve human patients. Studies that evaluate materials, growth factors, or prosthetic components are some examples. Eight abstracts are selected for oral presentation.
Abstracts that are not accepted for oral presentation in the above three categories may be given the opportunity to present their findings as an e-poster.
Clinical Innovations submissions should consist of science-based presentations on original, novel and thoughtful clinical technique(s), biomaterials, and devices that add to the body of knowledge of clinical implant dentistry.
E-Posters are an exciting, relatively new venture for AO. Presenters no longer have to travel to AO’s Annual Meeting with their poster in an unwieldy tube. Posters are now elegantly displayed electronically on large-screen displays. In 2017, more than 200 posters were presented in this manner.
Oral Clinical and Oral Scientific speakers (at left and right, respectively) were among the myriad research presentations conducted at AO’s 2018 Annual Meeting.
Students often perform their research over the summer and early into the fall, so it’s important to keep the end of September abstract submission date in mind. Once your abstract is submitted, committee members work to evaluate submissions in each category. After an initial evaluation, your abstract may be moved to a different category if better suited or, in rare cases, may be rejected.
Awards are given to the best in class for each of the sections: Clinical Innovations, E-Posters, and Oral Clinical and Oral Scientific abstracts. These awards are determined by a consensus of the AO committee members who work at reading, grading, and observing the presentations.
Our goal is to increase support for student research. Any individuals or companies interested in sponsoring the Student Travel Grants are encouraged to contact Dr. Georgios Romanos through the Osseointegration Foundation.
I hope to see you at the 2019 AO Annual meeting in Washington DC!
The deadline for abstract submissions is October 5, 2018 (11:59 pm CDT, U.S. Chicago). Follow the on-screen prompts, which will take you through the submission process.
See more information about the OF 2019 Student Travel Grant Program.
To review the full Call for Abstracts document and guidelines, click here.