Align Awards 10 Grants to International Researchers

Dentistry Today


Align Technology’s Annual Research Award Program has recognized scientists at nine universities with 10 grants that will help fund their explorations into dental and orthodontic treatment.

“As leaders in clear aligner therapy, we remain committed to supporting universities around the world who are dedicated to the improvement of orthodontic and dental patient care,” said Zelko Relic, Align Technology’s chief technology officer and senior vice president of global research and development.

“Now in its tenth year of funding, we continue to support international research with increasing investments in the EMEA and APAC regions,” said Relic.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Dr. Bingshuang Zou of the University of British Columbia
  • Dr. F. Kurtis Kasper of the University of Texas at Houston
  • Dr. Christina Erbe of the University of Mainz
  • Dr. Serena Ravera of the University of Turin
  • Dr. Erwin Jonke of the Medical University of Vienna
  • Dr. Luca Levrini of the University of Insubria
  • Dr. Tony Weir of the University of Queensland
  • Dr. Wenli Lai of Sichuan University
  • Dr. Jun Wu of Nanchang University
  • Dr. Yu Li of Sichuan University

Topics will include:

  • The efficacy of 3-D tooth movements
  • The clinical evaluation of surface wear of attachments
  • Comparing the effects of two prescriptions using the mandibular advancement appliance
  • The accuracy of interproximal reduction performed by doctors
  • The efficacy of predefined tooth rotation with aligners
  • The effectiveness of clear aligners in reducing the incidence of root resorption and alveolar bone compared to fixed appliances
  • Determining the impact of intruding posterior teeth and tipping of the occlusal plane during treatment with aligners
  • A survey to identify what requirements are important to patients who decide to be treated with aligners

All award applications were reviewed and prioritized by an independent committee in a blind evaluation. The final recipients were determined by Align Technology.

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