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IADR Announces Recipients of the Innovation in Oral Care Awards

Alexandria, VA, USA, June 22, 2022 – The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) announced the IADR/AADOCR Journal of Dental Research Cover of the Year, 2021 for the paper, “Dental Pulp Stem Cell Polarization: Effects of Biophysical Factors.” The authors were recognized during the Opening Ceremonies of the virtual 100th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR, held in conjunction with the 5th Meeting of the Asia Pacific Region on June 20-25, 2022.

Each of the winners will receive US$50,000, which is funded by an unrestricted grant from GlaxoSmithKline and administered by IADR. The recipients are:

  • Joao Ferreira, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. “Novel Mucoadhesive Delivery of Plant-derived Epidermal Growth Factor towards the Topical Over-the-Counter Treatment of Oral Mucositis
  • Yoav Finer, University of Toronto, ON, Canada. “Antimicrobial self-assembled nanocomposite loaded adhesive for the prevention of denture stomatitis
  • Livia Tenuta, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. “Multifunctional nanoparticle to manage xerostomia and hyposalivation-induced caries

“We are thankful for the ongoing support from GlaxoSmithKline for the IADR Innovation in Oral Care Awards,” said IADR President Eric Reynolds. “These proposals illustrate innovative oral care technologies that will improve oral health and overall quality of life for many individuals.”

In its 19th year of award support, GlaxoSmithKline has contributed more than US$3 million to the IADR Innovation in Oral Care Awards program. IADR administers and awards the grants through a rigorous peer-review process. 

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