Dental professionals pursuing groundbreaking dental implant research may be eligible for as much as $30,000 in research grants being offered through the Academy of Osseointegration (AO). The Academy is currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Osseointegration Foundation Research Grants.
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Applications that address areas of research to enhance the public acceptance of implants are encouraged. The submission deadline is Nov. 28, 2014, and applications can be downloaded at the AO web site.“We are always incredibly impressed by the innovative thinking and research we see from AO members and the faculty and students at academic dental institutions across the United States,” said Osseointegration Foundation President Clarence Lindquist, DDS. “These grants are a concrete way for the Academy of Osseointegration and the Osseointegration Foundation to provide support and advance research in the rapidly evolving field of implant dentistry.”
To qualify, research grant proposals must be submitted by an AO member, faculty member, or student who conducts research in any U.S. 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 2016 AO Annual Meeting, as well as to submit a research manuscript to the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants no later than Dec. 31, 2015.
The 2014-2015 AO/Osseointegration Foundation research grant recipients were:
- First Place, $30,000 — “Arrest Periodontal Bone Loss Using MicroRNAs,” by Liu Hong, MD, PhD, University of Iowa
- Second Place, $15,000 — “An In Vitro Assessment of a Tissue Engineering Titanium Surface for Enhanced Per-implant Healing,” by Sateesh Elangovan, BDS, DSc, DMSc, University of Iowa
- First Place, $30,000 — “Comparative Assessment of Alternative Macrophage Differentiation in an Early Osseointegration Model in Healthy Non-obese Patients vs. Obese Type II Diabetes,” by Ghadeer Thalji, DDS, PhD, University of Iowa
- Second Place, $15,000 — “Survival of Dental Implants Placed in Grafted and Non-grafted Bone: A Retrospective Study in a University Setting,” by Duong Tran, DDS, MPH, PhD, University of Texas, Houston
The Osseointegration Foundation 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.