IADR Sigmund Socransky Young Investigator Award

The Periodontal Research Group of the IADR makes an annual award in recognition of the contribution to Periodontal Research by Dr. Sigmund S. Socransky. The award recognizes promising investigators who are members of the Periodontal Research Group, are under 40 years of age, do not hold a full professorship or chairmanship, and have contributed significantly to periodontal biological and/or clinical research. Nominations can be submitted by any PRG member. The award amounts to $2,500.

Award Prize/Recognition


Key Dates

Applications Open:

Sep 01, 2023

Applications Closed:

Dec 31, 2023

  • Must be a member of the Periodontal Research Group
  • Must be under 40 years of age, as of the application deadline (December 31st)
  • Must not hold a full professorship, chairmanship, or deanship, as of the application deadline (December 31st)
  • Must have contributed significantly to periodontal basic and/or clinical research

Past winners (including Anthony Rizzo Award winners) are not eligible for the competition again, but unsuccessful candidates can be re-nominated. Nominations can be made by any member of the Periodontal Research Group.

Nomination packages must be submitted by December 31 of each year and must include:

  • A recommendation/ nomination letter which confirms the above listed eligibility criteria.
  • The candidate's Curriculum Vitae together with his/her 5 best publications in a single PDF file

Please submit nominations to:

Dr. Evanthia Lalla, at

2023 Recipient

Loreto Abusleme, University of Chile, Santiago

Dr. Loreto Abusleme received a DDS degree (2009) and a Master’s in periodontology (2012) from the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Chile. During her master’s studies, she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Patricia Diaz and performed one of the first studies that characterized the subgingival microbiome in health and periodontitis utilizing high-throughput sequencing. She then pursued a PhD in a combined program between the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the NIH (2013-2017), working at the laboratory of Dr. Niki Moutsopoulos (2013-2018). Her doctorate and postdoctoral work were dedicated to furthering the understanding of microbiome-immune interactions at the oral mucosa. Her contributions during this period include fundamental studies in oral mucosal Th17 immunity and microbiome. Then, Dr. Abusleme went back to the University of Chile in 2019, where she is currently an Associate Professor and has established herself as an independent Investigator, focusing on the interplay between the microbiome and the host immune responses in the oral cavity, particularly in the subgingival environment.

Loreto Abusleme

Questions about the award?

Evanthia Lalla, DDS, MS

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