AO Announces Recipients of 2017-2018 Osseointegration Foundation Research Grants

Posted on March 31, 2017

Arlington Heights, Ill., March 31, 2017 - Recipients of the 2017-2018 Osseointegration Foundation (OF) Research Grants were announced at the Academy of Osseointegration’s (AO) 2017 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla last week. 

First-place grants of up to $30,000 each will be awarded to research teams in the following categories. These grant recipients will present their results at the 2018 AO Annual Meeting, to be held March 1- 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, Calif.

1st Place Basic Science

Title: A Novel Gene Activated Barrier Membrane that Harnesses the Regenerative Potential of Periosteum

Recipient: Satheesh Elangovan, BDS, DSc, DMSc, University of Iowa

"Our research team at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry is very grateful to the Osseointegration Foundation for this grant support that will allow us to explore the bone regeneration efficacy of a novel bioactive barrier membrane which has immense clinical translational potential," said Dr.  Elangovan.

1st Place Applied Science

Title: Identification of Host Related Risk Factors for Peri-implant Tissue Loss

Recipient: Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD, Ohio State University

“I’m very honored to receive the Applied Science Award,” said Dr. Leblebicioglu. “This grant will allow our team of clinicians and scientists to better understand peri-implant etiopathogenesis specific to dental implants. This knowledge, in turn, will be helpful to develop better preventive tools as well as treatment modalities with more predictable outcomes."

Also at AO’s 2017 Annual Meeting, the 2016-2017 OF Research Grant recipients presented their findings and are expected to submit manuscripts to the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants (JOMI) later this year. They were:

Alireza Moshaverinia, DDS, MS, PhD – UCLA School of Dentistry, recipient of the 2016-2017 Basic Science Grant, presented on the Influence of Mucosa Tissue Thickness on Marginal Bone Loss of Implants with Smooth Collars: A Prospective Controlled Trial.

Hom-Lay Wang, DDS, MSD, PhD – University of Michigan School of Dentistry presented on An Adhesive and Osteoconductive Hydrogel for Bone Tissue Regeneration in Peri-implant Bone Loss. He was the recipient of the 2016-2017 OF Implant Applied Science Research Grant.

A call for applications for the 2017-2018 OF Research Grants will be announced this fall. 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).

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