Colgate Salutes Young Researchers With CARE Grants

Dentistry Today


Colgate has announced the recipients of the 2019 Colgate Award for Research Excellence (CARE), which recognizes new academic researchers by providing up to $30,000 per project to support oral health research across multiple disciplines. The four junior faculty members chosen to receive this year’s awards include: 

  • Abdelhabibe Semlali, MS, PhD, Laval University, Faculty of Dentistry, Quebec, Canada: Investigation of a Curcumin Analog (PAC) for Oral Diseases Treatment
  • Annie Shrestha, BDS, MSc, PhD: University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry, Ontario, Canada: Injectable, Thermosensensitive Scaffolds Modulate Immune Cells and Regulate Healing
  • Brian Partido, MSDH, BSDH, the Ohio State University, College of Dentistry, Columbus: Impact of Peri-Implant Treatment Using Glycine Powder Air-Abrasive Debridement on the Oral Microbiome
  • Keith Da Silva, MSc, University of Saskatchewan, College of Dentistry, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada: Developing a Multi-Disciplinary and Integrated Approach to Improve Oral Health for Vulnerable Children in Saskatoon

An independent and esteemed group of senior academic dental researchers reviewed the proposals, Colgate reports. Winners were selected based on program criteria, which included 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,” Ryan said. 

Established in 2016, the Colgate CARE Program is designed to foster and provide financial support to young academic researchers. To be eligible for the Colgate CARE grant, faculty applicants must be in the first five years of an academic appointment.

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