IADR/Philips Oral Healthcare Young Investigator Research Grant

This is the 15th year of this research grant, which is generously sponsored by Philips Oral Healthcare and offered through the IADR Periodontal Research Group. The objective is to provide seed funding for a post-doctoral student/staff that is within 12-months of successfully completing a Ph.D. at the time of the submission deadline, and wishes to establish an independent program of research. The research grant will be awarded on a competitive basis annually.

Award Prize/Recognition


Key Dates

Applications Open:

Jul 11, 2023

Applications Closed:

Jan 31, 2024

  • Applicants must be full or student members of the IADR Periodontal Research Group (PRG) at the time of application.
  • Applicant should be a post-doctoral student/staff that is within 12- months of successfully completing a PhD at the time of submission deadline.

Sponsor: Philips Oral Healthcare


2023 Recipient

David Fraser, DDS, MS, PhD

David Fraser is a Dental Clinical Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of California, San Francisco and completed a residency in periodontics at the University of Rochester. While at the University of Rochester, he received a master’s degree in dental science and continued his research training with Danielle Benoit in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He completed his PhD degree in 2022, receiving University honors for his dissertation on synthetic biomaterials for periodontal tissue regeneration.
Project title: Defining Gingival Neutrophil Heterogeneity in Oral Health and Periodontitis: This study will harness cutting edge biologic and bioinformatic techniques to characterize human neutrophil populations in the gingiva of patients with oral health and periodontitis. In collaboration with scientists at the Center for Human Immunology at the National Institutes of Health, molecular markers associated with specific neutrophil subsets will be identified, paving the way for future work targeting neutrophil subsets and their functions.  


David Fraser

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