News Release

IADR announces 2021 recipients of the IADR Innovation in Oral Care Awards

Grant and Award Announcement

International Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research

Alexandria, Va., USA - The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 IADR Innovation in Oral Care Awards. The winners were recognized during the Opening Ceremonies of the virtual 99th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR, held in conjunction with the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the 45th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR), on July 21-24, 2021.

Each of the winners will receive $50,000 USD, which is funded by an unrestricted grant from GlaxoSmithKline and administered by IADR. The 2021 IADR Innovation in Oral Care Awards recipients are:

Cesar de la Fuente, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

Low-cost Biosensing Mouthguard for Rapid Detection of Emerging and Oral Pathogens
Co-Investigators: Hyun Koo

Prasanna Neelakantan, University of Hong Kong, SAR, China

Precision Engineered, Functional Oligonucleotide-eluting Mucoadhesive Nanoscale Films for the Management of Oral Candidiasis
Co-Investigators: Conrado Aparicio, Lakshman Samaranayake, Julian Tanner, Gordon Ramage

Nicole Ritzert, ADA Science and Research Institute, Gaithersburg, Md., USA

Label-Free, Multianalyte Electrochemical Biosensors for Monitoring Progression and Treatment Response of Periodontitis
Co-Investigators: Steve Semancik, Anna Kalmykov, Erin Claussen

"IADR is thankful for the continued support from GlaxoSmithKline for the IADR Innovation in Oral Care Awards," said IADR President Pamela Den Besten. "These proposals focus on new innovative oral care technologies will impact the public and enable people to maintain and improve their oral health and their overall quality of life."

In its 18th year of award support, GlaxoSmithKline has contributed more than $3 million USD 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 Sharan Sidhu. Queen Mary University of London, England.


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International Association for Dental Research

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