Five junior faculty members have been chosen as this year’s recipients of the Colgate Awards for Research Excellence (CARE), which recognizes a new generation of academic researchers by providing up to $30,000 per project across multiple disciplines. This year’s winners include:
- Adriana Manso, DDS, MSc, PhD of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry for “Novel Multifunctional Curcumin-Based Adhesive Varnish for Caries Control”
- Ammaar Abidi, DDS, PhD, of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry for “Evaluation of the Effects of Phytocannabinoids on Human Gingival Fibroblast Proliferation, Migration, Growth, and Inflammatory Cytokine Production”
- Bianca Dearing, DDS, MPhil, PhD, of the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry for “The Nashville KROHL Study: Oral Health Literacy in Underserved Mothers”
- Yuan Liu, DDS, MS, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania Penn Dental Medicine for “Oral Candida Infection in Infancy and Early Childhood Caries”
- Zaher Jabbour, DMD, MSc, PhD, of the University of California and Los Angeles School of Dentistry for “Does Therapeutic Silver Remain in Carious Lesions Treated with Silver Diamine Fluoride and Potassium Iodide? And Does It Affect the Bonding Strength of Restorative Materials?”
Proposals were reviewed by an independent group of senior academic dental researchers. Winners were selected based on program criteria including innovation, clinical significance, originality, and scientific quality. CARE grants are typically offered for periods of 12 months.
“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. We are pleased 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 CARE Program is designed to foster and provide financial support to young academic researchers. To be eligible, faculty applicants must be in the first five years of an academic appointment.