Recipients of the 2022 Colgate Award for Research Excellence announced

Colgate has announced the recipients of this year’s Colgate Award for Research Excellence (CARE). This award is designed to recognise oral health research projects and provides funding of US$30,000 per project.

The CARE recipients this year are as follows:

  • Michelle Arnett, RDH, BS, MS, University of Minnesota, “Impact of brief motivational interviewing on periodontal clinical outcomes: a 2-year post-trail follow-up”
  • Hyuk-Jae Edward Kwon, DDS, PhD, State University of New York, University at Buffalo, “Identification of heparan sulfate-binding therapeutic targets for correcting cleft palate”
  • Roberto Fanganiello, BSc, PhD, Unversité Laval, “Creation of physiologically reliable 3D biomimetic bone for regenerative dentistry”
  • Noha Gomaa, BDS, MDS, PhD, Western University (London, Canada), “From Home to Epigenome: Unraveling the Links between Oral Disease and Developmental Vulnerability in Children From Low-Income Families”
  • Neha Parikh, BSc, MSc, PhD, The University of Texas Health Science Centre at Houston, “Determining the correlation between oral health, microbial dysbiosis, and inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease”

Established in 2016, the CARE Programme provides financial support to young academic researchers. Those applying are required to be in the first five years of academic appointment. They are also expected to innovate dentistry in new and unique ways, according to Maria Ryan, DDS, PhD, vice-president and chief clinical officer at Colgate.

“The CARE Programme fosters the development of junior faculty by providing seed research funding to emerging leaders in academia at a time in their career path when it is most needed,” Ryan said in a press release from Colgate. “Every year, we look forward to meeting and supporting talented researchers in the early stages of their careers. We are pleased to fund innovative projects that promise to advance industry knowledge and perhaps even revolutionise the field of dentistry. On behalf of Colgate, sincere congratulations to the winners of this year’s grant awards.”