Align Technology Funds Research Grants to Universities Worldwide for Advancing Orthodontic and Dental Research
“Align is committed to the advancement of the orthodontic and dental fields and we are pleased to support university research around the world, said Dr.
University of Washington( Seattle, US) – Primary Investigator, Dr. Greg Huang University of the Pacific( San Francisco, US) – Primary Investigator, Dr. Heeyeon Suh University of Alberta( Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) – Primary Investigator, Dr. Camila Pacheco-Pereira
- Uniderp (Campo Grande-MS,
Brazil) – Primary Investigator, Dr. Paula Vanessa Pedron Oltramari
The European research award recipients for 2023 are:
International Medical University( Rome, Italy) – Primary Investigator, Dr. Roberta Lione Mohammed Bin Rashid University( Dubai, United Arab Emirates) – Primary Investigator, Dr. Sabarinath Prasad Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universityof Frankfurt( Frankfurt, Germany) – Primary Investigator, Dr. Babak Sayahpour University of Milan( Milan, Italy) – Primary Investigator, Dr. Francesca Gaffuri
Sichuan University( Chengdu, China) – Primary Investigator, Dr. Hu Long School of Stomatology Wuhan University( Wuhan, China) – Primary Investigator, Dr. Sanjie Yeweng Mahidol University( Bangkok, Thailand) – Primary Investigator, Dr. Narudol Treethanya
“Over the years, it has been rewarding to see the evolution of research projects and the results that have advanced understanding and awareness of the various approaches for the treatment of malocclusion,” said
The 2023 funded research studies will cover a wide range of topics for projects seeking to better understand treatments in orthodontics and dentistry including, but not limited to: ClinCheck® treatment planning software and cone-beam computed tomography (“CBCT”) integration; Curve of Wilson in the lower arch using aligners vs. fixed appliances; comparing the pre-treatment characteristics, demographics, efficiency & effectiveness, prevalence and extent of white-spot-lesions in adolescents treated with aligners vs. fixed appliances in an academic setting; comparing the maxillary and mandibular arch changes with aligners vs. removable palatal expansion and Schwarz appliances; evaluating the treatment outcomes with clear aligner therapy during mixed dentition in transverse and vertical dimensions; comparing the microhardness values of the resin composite attachments using different light curing protocols; three-dimensional characteristics of facial soft tissues with Angle Class II malocclusion; clinical effectiveness of virtual root and bone model system; and, orofacial and smile changes with mandibular advancement, precision bite ramps, and craniofacial changes induced by maxillary expansion.
All award applications received were first reviewed and prioritized in a blind evaluation by an independent academic committee. The final recipients were then determined by
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