Align Technology Awards 10 Research Grants

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Align Technology has awarded 10 research grants under its eleventh annual Research Award Program. Since the program’s 2010 inception, the company has funded more than $2 million in awards that have led to advances in digital orthodontics and dentistry, it said.

“We are proud to support scientific research to further advance the study of dentistry and orthodontics and congratulate this year’s group of research award winners,” said Dr. Mitra Derakhshan, vice president of global clinical at Align Technology.

“These studies focus on work that can contribute to improvements in oral healthcare and orthodontic movement and support Align’s purpose of transforming smiles and changing lives,” said Derakhshan.

The Americas research award recipients for 2021 include:

  • The University of British Columbia: primary investigator Dr. Edwin HK Yen
  • The University of Toronto: primary investigator Dr. Anuradha Prakki
  • The University of Toronto: primary investigator Dr. Céline Lévesque
  • The University at Buffalo: primary investigator Dr. Pramod Philip

The European research award recipients for 2021 include:

  • The Hebrew University and Hadassah: Dr. Omer Fleissig
  • The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens: primary investigator Dr. Iosif Sifakakis
  • The University of Rome Tor Vergata: primary investigator Dr. Roberta Lione
  • Gothenburg University: primary investigator Anna Westerlund

The Asia Pacific research award recipients for 2021 include:

  • Anhui Medical University: primary investigator Dr. Xu Jianguang
  • Kunming Medical University: primary investigator Dr. Jiangtian Hu

The funded research studies cover a range of topics for projects seeking to better understand treatment in orthodontics and dentistry, the company said, including but not limited to:

  • Comparing the clinical performance of the index test in detecting supragingival interproximal caries
  • Investigating remineralizing properties of polyaspartic acid attached to a resin infiltrant
  • Evaluating the effects of mesenchymal stem cells transfer to periodontal ligament on the rate of orthodontic tooth movement
  • The role of adaptive immunity and B cells in orthodontic tooth movement
  • Determining the effect of probiotics on oral health
  • Examining the effect of Class II elastics on the vertical dimension
  • Prevention and progression of caries with the addition of an active agent in aligners
  • Comparing the effectiveness of Invisalign mandibular advancement with incremental advancements versus single advancement
  • Demonstrating that Invisalign First treatment is effective in treating anterior crossbite

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

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