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2019 IADR Academy of Osseointegration Innovation in Implant Sciences Award

International & American Associations for Dental Research

Alexandria, Va., USA - The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) announced Marco Bottino, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA as the 2019 recipient of the IADR Academy of Osseointegration Innovation in Implant Sciences Award. Bottino was recognized at the Opening Ceremonies of the 97th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR, held in conjunction with the 48th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR). The IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition is held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West Building in Vancouver, BC, Canada from June 19-22, 2019.

Bottino is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences, and Endodontics in the School of Dentistry at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. He completed his D.D.S. in dentistry at the Universidade Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil and his Ph.D. in materials science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.

Bottino has over 10 years of experience in the development of dental and orthopedic biomaterials, in addition to tissue scaffolds and drug delivery systems for regenerative dentistry. He was selected for his research entitled "Customized 3D Printed PEEK-AMP Dental Implants with Enhanced Osseointegration." The goal of this research is to develop customized 3D-printed dental implants made of polyetherether-ketone (PEEK), a fairly new polymeric biomaterial with unique properties as compared to those of titanium implants. Bottino predicts that the presence of the amorphous magnesium phosphate (AMP) within the PEEK matrix will increase hydrophilicity and enable CaP (or Mg-doped CaP) deposition on the implant surface. This would enable enhanced osseointegration and the customized PEEK-AMP 3D printed implants can be translated as an innovative bioactive dental implant for oral rehabilitation.

"IADR is pleased that the Academy of Osseointegration is sponsoring this award for a ninth year," said IADR President Rena D'Souza. "IADR thanks the Academy of Osseointegration for their continued support which allows dental, oral and craniofacial researchers to create innovative discoveries that can be applied in clinical practice and be used to enhance oral health and quality of life." Bottino will receive an award of up to $75,000 USD.

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