Applications are no longer being accepted for 2019 awards


The purpose of this fellowship will be to support the awardee's attendance at the IADR Academy and IADR General Session & Exhibition, and then to have a research experience in a renowned research laboratory immediately before or after the IADR General Session.

The purposes of the visit are to:

  • Network with colleagues in in the area of the candidate´s own research. 
  • Develop an understanding of contemporary research environments. 
  • Learn new and innovative research techniques that can advance the science undertaken by Fellow on their return to their home.
  • Develop shared research protocols and possible funding applications.

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The candidate:

  1. Must be an IADR member.
  2. Must be a current Ph.D. student OR within five years post- Ph.D.



Each fellowship is $5,000 USD for travel and accommodation for visiting a research laboratory proximate to the meeting for a period of up to three weeks immediately before or after the IADR General Session. Registration for the IADR Academy and IADR General Session is included for the successful applicant. 

The 2019 IADR STAR Network Academy Fellowship labs will take place at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. 

Sponsoring Lab:  Dental Sleep Apnea Clinical Research Team
Mentor:  Dr. Fernanda Almeida
Research Description:  Some of our current specific interests are dentofacial side-effects related to the use of oral appliances (OA) for periods longer than 8 years; the impact of denture use on sleep apnea; craniofacial form and sleep disordered breathing in children; understanding of patient insights into treatment approaches for obstructive sleep apnea; treatment choices between mandibular advancement splints, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), and treatment combination strategies (CPAP + OA) to improve patient adherence.
Dates:  June 24–July 12, 2019

Sponsoring Lab:  Laboratory of Periodontal Biology
Mentor:  Dr. Hannu Larjava
Research Description:  Our laboratory is interested in periodontal pathogenesis, particularly the protective role of αvβ6 integrin on the junctional epithelium (JE) in periodontal disease (PD).  Humans and mice with mutations in this integrin develop PD.  Furthermore, when JE transforms to pocket epithelium in PD, the expression of αvβ6 integrin is lost.  Therefore, chronic PD presents as acquired β6 integrin deficiency.  The main role of αvβ6 integrin in tissues is the activation of anti-inflammatory TGF-β1 and immunomodulation.  Our laboratory is focussing on discovering the pathways that downregulate β6 integrin expression in JE in PD and how β6 integrin deficiency modulates inflammation in spontaneous and experimental PD.  We use a variety of experimental techniques to seek out the answers, including experimental PD models, micro-CT scanning, histology, RT-qPCR, cell culture, gene knockdown, and other methods.
Dates:  May 27–June 14, 2019

Sponsoring Lab:  Developmental Biology
Mentor:  Dr. Joy Richman
Research Description:  Dr. Richman works on tooth replacement in reptiles and the origins of cleft lip in the chicken embryo model.  The leopard gecko has life-long tooth replacement and our aim is to use single-cell RNAseq to identify unique populations that might harbor dental stem cells.  Bioinformatics experience will be gained using a genome for a non-model organism.  In addition we are using hatching animals to the initiation of the dentition from the first pioneer teeth to the full complement of functional teeth, present by track shedding and replacement of teeth.  We use micro-CT to gain a 3D image of mineralizing teeth along the jaw and characterize the pattern of the dentition at different ages.  The chicken embryo is specifically suited for studying cleft lip since the face is accessible during development. In our recent work we are introducing human gene variants into the chicken lip to determine which of these are likely to be pathogenic.  This is the first time that the chicken embryo has been used to functionally test genes that may increase the risk of human clefting.
Dates:  June 24–July 12, 2019



Application requires the following:

  • CV – (10 pages maximum)
  • Letter of Interest
  • Reference Letter from Dean/Chair of applicant’s current institution

Recipients of the IADR STAR Network Academy Fellowship will be required to submit a brief report on their experiences to IADR at the conclusion of the fellowship which may be published as part of the IADR Global Research Update, and will be reported to the IADR Board and Council on an annual basis.



Sheri S. Herren, Strategic Programs Manager at sherren@iadr.org for more details.


View Past Recipients of the IADR STAR Network Academy Fellowship