Academy of Osseointegration announces call for applicants for 2016-2017 Osseointegration Foundation research grants

Dental professionals pursuing groundbreaking dental implant research may be eligible for as much as $30,000 in research grants. The Academy of Osseointegration (AO) announced it is currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Osseointegration Foundation Research Grants. Applications that address areas of research to enhance the public acceptance of implants are encouraged. The submission deadline is November 30, 2015, and applications can be downloaded at the AO web site.

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Dental professionals pursuing groundbreaking dental implant research may be eligible for as much as $30,000 in research grants. The Academy of Osseointegration (AO) announced it is currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Osseointegration Foundation Research Grants.

Applications that address areas of research to enhance the public acceptance of implants are encouraged. The submission deadline is November 30, 2015, and applications can be downloaded at the AO website.

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“These grants are a tangible way to support researchers who share the academy’s commitment to being on the leading edge of evidence-based dentistry,” said Osseointegration Foundation President Mollie Winston, DDS.

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Dr. Ghadeer Thalji, recipient of the 2014-2015 Osseointegraton Foundation Implant Clinical Science Research Grant, receiving her award at AO's 2015 Annual Meeting.

First-place grants of up to $30,000 each will be awarded to research teams in the categories of Basic Science, which is research to advance implant knowledge that does not include human subjects, and Applied Science, which is research to advance clinical implant dentistry that does include human subject(s). Additional awards of up to $15,000 each will be given to the second-place recipients in the same categories.

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. First-place grant recipients are required to present their results at the 2017 AO Annual Meeting, as well as submit a research manuscript to TheInternational Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants no later than December 31, 2017.

2015-2016 award recipients
The 2015-2016 AO/Osseointegration Foundation research grant recipients are listed below. First-place recipients will present their findings at AO’s 31st Annual Meeting to be held February 17–20, 2016, in San Diego.

Basic Science

  • First Place, $30,000: “MicroRNA Expression and their Role during Osteoblast Differentiation on Nanoscale Titanium Surfaces,” by Gustavo Mendonca, DDS, MS, PhD, University of Michigan
  • Second Place, $15,000: “Mimic the Natural Bone Regeneration by using Three-dimensional Co-culture of Adipose-derived Macro Spheroids with Monocytes” by Hidemi Nakata, DDS, PhD, Tokyo Medical and Dental University

Applied Science

  • First Place, $30,000: “Adhesion, Proliferation, and Osteogenic Differentiation Potential of Gingival Mesenchymal Stem Cells over Failed Implants” by Julio Carrion, DMD, PhD, Stony Brook University
  • Second Place, $15,000: “3D Printing cell-sheet Technology: Development of Patient-specific in Vitro Assessment Tools for Evaluation of Implant Surface” by Hyumin Choi, BDS, Yonsei University

About the Academy of Osseointegration
With 6,000 members in 70 countries around the world, the 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. Follow AO on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Osseointegration Foundation
The Osseointegration Foundation (OF) is the philanthropic arm of the AO and is chartered to develop and provide financial support for the art and science of osseointegration. Grants are awarded annually for research as well as patient treatment. A Board of Directors, which is comprised of AO members, guides its operation. The OF receives its financial support from corporate contributions and gifts from AO members and others.