Align Technology Awards $310,000 as Part of Its University Research Award Program 2015 for Orthodontic Therapy and Intraoral Scanners
"The number of applications for the Research Award Program increased tremendously this year. The topics and quality of the proposals received from around the world are very impressive making the program even more competitive than in previous years. We eagerly await the results of the university research efforts funded by this program as we endeavor to advance the field of clinical orthodontics," said
Joel Gluck, Dr. Marion Messersmith, and Dr. Sonia Rahangdaleat Vanderbilt University( Nashville, TN), $25,000
- Dr. Phimon Atsawasuwan, Dr.
Manika Agarwal, and Dr. Spiro J. Megremisat University of Illinoisat Chicago( Chicago, IL.), $25,000
Carlos Flores-Mir, Dr. Camila Pacheco-Pereira, and Dr. Terry Carlyleat University of Alberta( Edmonton, AB), $25,000
Miroslav Tolar, Dr. Robert Boyd, Dr. Mohammed Fallah, Dr. HeeSoo Oh, and Dr. Marie Tolarova at University of the Pacific( San Francisco, CA), $25,000
The International research award recipients for 2015 are:
- Dr. Ali Darendeliler and Dr.
Alexandra K. Papadopoulouat University of Sydney( Sydney, Australia), $25,000
Graciela J. Barreda, Dr. Elizabeth A. Dzierewianko, Dr. Karina A. Muñoz, and Dr. Gisela I. Piccoliat S.A.O. - U.C.E.S. ( Buenos Aires, Argentina), $25,000
Jana B. Chabke, Dr. Waddah Sabouni, and Dr. Philippe Chanavaz at Paris Decartes University( Paris, France), $25,000
Isabelle Graf, Dr. Bert Braumann, Dr. Jorg Schwarze, Dr. Carolin Keller, Dr. Julia Supke, and Dr. Andreas Stippig at University of Cologne( Cologne, Germany), $25,000 Dr. Bin Cai, Dr. Tingting Ai, Dr. Lixiang Mai, Dr. Xiaonan, and Dr. Lusai Xiang at Sun Yat-sen University( Guangzhou, China), $25,000
- Dr. Phanomporn Vanichanon, Dr. Supranee Vichiennet, and Dr. Thanaporn Sowithayasakui at Chulalongkorn Univeristy (
Bangkok, Thailand), $25,000
Wenli Lai, Dr. Hu Long, Dr. Renhuan Huang, Dr. Rui Xu, and Dr. Rui Zhaoat Sichuan University( Chengdu, China)
Mimi Yow, Dr. Linton J. Nash, and Dr. Jason C. Shengat National University of Singapore( Singapore), $25,000
"As we further expand our growth in the international markets, especially in the APAC regions, more universities are now engaging in advanced research to further the capability of Invisalign treatment in all types of malocclusion and orthodontics.
The research study proposals approved for funding in 2015 consist of evaluating long term flexibility, and translucency of clear retainers; understanding of the factors that influence patients' satisfaction with their Invisalign orthodontic treatment outcomes; quantifying the amount of tooth movement achieved; evaluation of the magnitude of force applied by an aligner; evaluating the efficacy, effectiveness and treatment results and stability of open bite treatment; evaluating attachment surfaces; evaluating treatment duration for surgical class II patients; evaluating occlusal characteristics and oral health-related quality of life; examining the effect of orthodontic treatment on speech; analyzing occlusion in patients before and after Invisalign treatment; comparing tooth movement efficacy and comfort with Invisalign treatment.
In 2013, Align introduced a intraoral scanner research award component in recognition of the rapid increase in the utilization of intraoral scanning technology. The following are the scanner award recipients for 2015:
Emiliya D. Tanevaat University of Illinoisat Chicago( Chicago, IL.), $5,000
Jing Guoat Shandong University( Shandong, China), $5,000
The two intraoral scanner award proposals include evaluating palatal rugae patterns using 3-dimentional digital models obtained with the iTero intraoral scanner; evaluating the repeatability and reliability of digital intraoral scanning by different operators under clinical conditions.
All proposals received were reviewed and prioritized by an independent academic committee in a blind evaluation. The 2015 academic committee is comprised of six members: Dr.
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