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Academy of Laser Dentistry Accepting Applications for 2018 Research Grants

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Posted: January 10, 2018
Edited by Dentaltown staff

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), an independent and unbiased non-profit association dedicated to improving patient care with the proper use of laser technology, is now accepting applications for the Dr. Eugene M. Seidner Research Grants Program.

The Dr. Eugene M. Seidner Research Grant was founded to promote the advancement of dental laser technology education and clinical research. Up to three grant awards totaling up to $20,000 may be awarded annually to individuals to promote basic and applied clinical research for the use of lasers in dentistry. To be considered, the project must broadly assess the role of lasers of dentistry, irrespective of whether the technology is used for surgical, diagnostic, antimicrobial, photo biomodulation, photodynamic therapy, imaging or biomaterials applications. Research proposals on competing designs or devices are not encouraged.

Named in the memory of Seidner, a laser dentistry pioneer who also served as ALD president 1996-1997, recipients will be honored during the ALD’s 25th Anniversary Conference and Exhibition, April 26–28 in Orlando, Florida. 

“We established the scholarship in Dr. Seidner’s honor in 2004. In 2012, we reached our $100,000 fundraising goal, and now in 2018 ALD is excited to introduce research grants to the Seidner opportunities. The grant is intended to strengthen the Academy of Laser Dentistry’s mission of fostering a positive impact on dental laser education and research," said ALD executive director Gail Siminovsky, CAE.

Primary applicants or at least one team member must be member(s) of the Academy of Laser Dentistry for the past three years prior to application. Full details and applications may be downloaded or received by contacting the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Completed applications must be received by ALD by the end of March 1 for consideration for the 2018 annual conference. Click here for complete details and to download an application.

The award is made to the sponsoring academic institution on the behalf of the awardee. The institution must have the environment and general resources suitable for conducting research as stated in the application and a letter of support from the dean or director of the institution must be enclosed with the application. The investigator is directly responsible to the sponsoring institution for the proper conduct of the project and management of the funds.

Voluntary donations from ALD members and others in the dental profession, have funded the Dr. Seidner Scholarship program and to date, 26 dental students from around the world have traveled to the ALD annual session to present their work and benefit from ALD membership, ALD conference attendance and in receiving Standard Proficiency Dental Laser Education and certification. Click here to download more information and a contribution form.

For more information about the Academy of Laser Dentistry, visit laserdentistry.org.
 
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