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Travel grants available to dental students for top-scoring oral research, e-poster abstracts via AO's Osseointegration Foundation program

The Osseointegration Foundation (OF) recently announced a new initiative to help support student research efforts—the OF Student Travel Grant Program. Twenty, $1,000 student travel grants will be awarded to the recipients of top-scoring oral research and e-poster abstracts submitted for the 2018 Academy of Osseointegration (AO) Annual Meeting. This award is open to both AO dental student members and student nonmembers who are currently enrolled in a dental school program.

Abstracts must be submitted by Friday, September 29, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EST via the electronic abstract submission site. Only authors indicating their interest via the abstract submission site will be considered for a student travel grant.

“As the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Osseointegration, the OF is giving grants to students to advance the science of osseointegration for both clinical application and basic scientific research,” said Dr. Edward Sevetz, OF president and board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon based in Orange Park, Florida. “Today’s students need financial assistance, as they are the lifeblood to advancing the evidence-based scientific approach to, and further benefiting mankind with osseointegration.”

Members of the AO Research Submissions and E-Poster Committees will review and score the submitted abstracts to determine the best student presentations based on the quality of the dental research and relevance to the field of osseointegration.

“There has never been a more exciting time in implant dentistry than right now, as research is pushing the implant science envelope toward new horizons,” Dr. Robert Lemke, chairman of AO’s Research Submissions Committee and board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon from San Antonio, Texas. “AO is the only program in the world that brings together specialists, general dentists, and laboratory technicians to promote all aspects of implant dentistry, and provides the greatest number of travel grants to students. Fostering research at this grassroots level is key to advancing the science of implants for the ultimate benefit of our patients.”

The grants will be allocated toward travel expenses related to attending the AO annual meeting—to be held February 28 through March 3 in Los Angeles, California—to assist in paying travel expenses including airfare, hotel costs, and ground transportation. All recipients must be present at AO’s 2018 annual meeting to receive their grant.

Those receiving student travel grants may still be considered for the Best Abstract and Best E-poster Awards.

Questions? Contact Kim Scroggs, AO manager of education, by email at kimscroggs@osseo.org or call (847) 725-2288.


With nearly 6,000 members in 70 countries around the world, the Academy of Osseointegration 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. Connect with the AO on Facebook and follow the AO on Twitter.


Incorporated in 1987 as the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Osseointegration, Osseointegration Foundation 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.

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