Colgate Names CARE Award Recipients

Dentistry Today


Colgate has announced the recipients of this year’s Colgate Award for Research Excellence (CARE). The CARE Program recognizes a new generation of academic researchers by providing up to $30,000 per project to support oral health research across multiple disciplines. 

The five proposals were selected by a group of senior academic dental researchers from a large pool of submissions, Colgate reports. CARE grants are typically offered for periods of 12 months. The five researchers selected to receive funding this year are:

  • Jin-Hee Kwak, DDS, MS, University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry, for “BP-NELL-PEG Therapy to Regenerate Craniofacial Bones”
  • Kuei-Ling (Christine) Hsu, DDS, MS, University of Maryland School of Dentistry, for “Transcriptomic and Metabolomic Profiling of the Oral Microbiome in Socially Disadvantaged African American Children with Early Childhood Caries”
  • Tamanna Tiwari, MPH, MDS, BDS, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, for “A Participatory Approach in Improving Dental Health in African Immigrants” 
  • David Prince, DDS, Roseman University College of Dental Medicine, for “Silver Diamine Fluoride and the Elderly”
  • Cristina Vidal, DDS, MS, PhD, University of Iowa College of Dentistry, “Development of Therapeutic Nanoparticles for Sustained Delivery of Proanthocyanidins in Adhesive Interfaces

Proposals were reviewed by a panel of independent reviewers who are non-Colgate researchers. Winners were selected based on program criteria, which included innovation, clinical significance, originality, and scientific quality.

“The CARE Program fosters the development of junior faculty by providing seed research funding to emerging leaders in academia at a time in their career path when it is most needed,” said Maria Ryan, vice president and chief dental officer, global technology, at Colgate. 

“Every year, we look forward to meeting and supporting talented researchers in the early stages of their careers by helping to fund innovative projects that promise to advance industry knowledge and perhaps even revolutionize the field of dentistry. On behalf of Colgate, sincere congratulations to the winners of this year’s grant awards,” said Ryan.

Established in 2016, the Colgate CARE Program is designed to foster clinical and scientific research by providing financial support to young academic researchers. To be eligible, faculty applicants must be in the first five years of an academic appointment.

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