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IADR Announces the Winners of 2017 Innovation in Oral Care Awards Recipients

Alexandria, Va., USA – The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) has announced the 2017 winners of the annual IADR Innovation in Oral Care Awards. The three prestigious awards recognize research in innovative oral care technologies that may maintain and improve oral health and quality of life. Each of the three 2017 winners will receive a $50,000 unrestricted research grant, which is funded by GlaxoSmithKline and administered by IADR. The winners were announced on March 23, 2017, and presented with their award plaques at a special reception supported by GlaxoSmithKline at the 95th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR, in San Francisco, Calif., USA. This meeting is being held in conjunction with the 46th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research and the 41st Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research.

The 2017 IADR Innovation in Oral Care Awards recipients are:
Mikako Hayashi and co-investigators Takayoshi Nakan and Reo Uemura, Osaka University, Japan, for the study titled “Riboflavin-UVA Treatment Prevents Root Caries by Promoting Collagen Crosslinking.” If the research assessment of ultraviolet A-light (UVA) excited by riboflavin (vitamin B2) proves its worth in strengthening dentin and improving acid resistance to prevent and arrest root caries, the next step will be to develop a product and method of taking the treatment to the clinic. Application of a varnish or gel boosted by UVA irradiation would be a solution, with the development of a fluoride enhanced toothpaste to follow for home treatment between clinical visits.

Grayson Marshall and co-investigators Stefan Habelitz, Sally Marshall and Kuniko Saeki, University of California, San Francisco, USA, for the study “Remineralizing Cement for Dentin Caries.” The product the research team plans to commercialize is designed to intervene with the carious process and will recover substantial amounts of the lesion depth in lesions that have progressed into dentin. It will repair dentin and regenerate the dentin structure. It is thus a procedure that conserves tooth structure and minimizes surgical intervention, thus improving dental treatment and quality of oral health for patients.

Petros Papagerakis and co-investigator Silvana Paperagerakis, both from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, and co-investigator Nikos Chronis, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, for the study titled “Intra-oral Device to Measure Time-dependent Saliva Biomarker Levels.” The researchers aim to manufacture a cost-effective personalized device that can collect saliva in real time for precise non-invasive analysis of melatonin and other biomarker levels and phase changes to support diagnosis and treatment monitoring of a variety of patients. This research is significant because it will facilitate the utilization of melatonin measurements for sleep disorders and psychiatric patients.

Supported by GlaxoSmithKline, each recipient receives $50,000 to support research focusing on new innovative oral care technologies that can be used routinely by the public to maintain and improve oral health and the quality of life.

“IADR is grateful to GlaxoSmithKline for supporting the Innovation in Oral Care Awards for 14 years. We also thank Medical Director at GSK, Dr. Stephen Mason, for his continued support of this award,” said IADR President Jukka Meurman. “This generous contribution from GSK will afford deserving teams of scientists the opportunity to develop innovative concepts that aim to improve oral health for the global population.”

In its 14th year of award support, GlaxoSmithKline has contributed more than $3 million to the IADR Innovation in Oral Care Awards program. IADR administers and awards the grants through a rigorous peer-review process, which was chaired this year by David Herrera, University Complutense, Madrid, Spain.

About the International and American Associations for Dental Research
The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with nearly 11,000 individual members worldwide, dedicated to: (1) advancing research and increasing knowledge for the improvement of oral health worldwide, (2) supporting and representing the oral health research community, and (3) facilitating the communication and application of research findings. To learn more, visit www.iadr.org.

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