Align Technology Awards $220,000 as Part of Its University Research Award Program for Clear Aligner Orthodontic Therapy and Intraoral Scanners
"We are pleased to see continued and growing interest in our research awards program -- the number of applications we received this year was substantially greater than received in previous years," said
The new clear aligner therapy research award recipients in
Athena Papadakis, Dr. Alexander Yadegari, Dr. Sam Daherat Université de Montréal( Montreal, QC), $25,000;
Chung How Kau, Dr. Clark Browne, Assistant Professor Nada Souccarat the University of Alabama (Birmingham, AL), $25,000;
The new clear aligner therapy international research award recipients for 2013 are:
- Associate Professor
Moschos A. Papadopoulos, Dr. Periklis Panos, Dr. Andreas Karamouzosat Aristotle Universityof Thessaloniki( Thessaloniki, Greece), $25,000;
Giulio Rasperini, Dr. Gaia Pellegrini, Dr. Giorgio Pagniat the Università degli Studi di Milano( Milan, Italy), $25,000;
- Associate Professor
Alejandro Iglesias-Linares, Professor Enrique Solano-Reina, Associate Professor Rosa Maria Yanez-Vico, Dr. Beatriz Solano Mendoza, Dr. Boris Sonnenberg, Dr. Bebora Elizabeth Bueso-Madrid at the University of Seville( Seville, Spain), $25,000;
Wenli Lai, Ms. Jian Fan, Mr. Zhangrui Liang, Mr. Hu Long, Mr. Junjie Xue, Mr. Niansong Ye, Ms. Xin Yangat Sichuan University( Sichuan, China), $25,000;
Colman McGrath, Associate Professor Ricky Wong, Associate Professor. Balvinder Khambayat the University of Hong Kong(Hong Kong SAR, China), $25,000;
Luca Levrini, Dott. Gian Marco Abbate, Dott. Novara Francescaat the University of Insubria( Varese, Italy), $25,000
"The growth of Invisalign in the European and other international markets is a direct reflection of the investment Align is making in those markets, a key component of which is the university research program," said Dr.
The eight new research study proposals approved for funding in 2013 consist of a comparison of predicted tooth movement of ClinCheck® in the middle and at the end of treatment to the actual outcome; a comparison on clinical outcomes of periodontal regeneration of infrabony defect in combining orthodontic treatment after surgery; a study of pain perception; an evaluation on oral health-related quality of life among patients in orthodontic treatments; an analysis of bacteria concentration using different aligner cleaning methods; an evaluation on the duration of treatment, quality of outcomes and patient satisfaction of combined orthodontic-surgical treatment with Invisalign; a retrospective study analyzing Invisalign treatment outcomes using indices; and a study on the association of aligner therapy with the dramatic reduction in the prevalence of External Apical Root resorption secondary to orthodontic treatment.
This year, Align also introduced a new scanner research award component in recognition of the rapid increase in utilization of intraoral scanning technology. The following are the scanner award recipients for 2013:
Greg Huang, Dr. Weitao Liuat University of Washington (Seattle, WA), $5,000
Mario Greco, Assistant Professor Aldo Giancottiat University of Rome Tor Vegata Fatebenefratelli Hospital Department of Orthodontics( Rome, Italy), $5,000
- Associate Professor
Mohamed Masoud, Dr. Amornrut Manosudprasit at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine( Boston, MA), $5,000
Jeryl English, Dr. Benjamin Cozad, Dr. Sercan Akyalcin, Dr. Clark Colvilleat the University of Texas Health Science Center (Houston, TX), $5,000
The four scanner award proposals include an exploration on methods and training techniques for intraoral scanning efficiency; an investigation on iTero's capability of reproducing the 3D dental anatomy accurately as compared to desktop laser scanners; an analysis on the reliability and accuracy of the intraoral scanner; and a validation on the use of 3D extraoral and intraoral imaging as a substitute for cephalometric radiography in orthodontic treatment planning and to determine the case types that require additional radiographic exposure.
All proposals received were reviewed and prioritized by an independent academic committee in a blind evaluation. The 2013 academic committee is comprised of six members: Dr.
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