Colgate Announces Recipients of the Colgate Award for Research Excellence

Posted: March 24, 2020
Edited by Dentaltown staff

NEW YORK—Colgate recently announced this year’s recipients of the 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 projects across multiple disciplines.  

The five junior faculty members chosen to receive this year’s awards are:

Amy Killeen, DDS, MS – University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Dentistry
“The effect of local cannabidiol on clinical and inflammatory outcomes in periodontal maintenance patients”

Danielle Wu, PhD – The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
“Salivary Avatars for Screening Stimulants and Sialogogues”

Robert Shields, PhD – University of Florida, College of Dentistry
“Development of new anti-caries therapeutics using a CRISPR interference platform”

Rosalyn Sulyanto, DMD, MS – Boston Children’s Hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School
“The Oral Microbiota of Children Treated with the ECC Chronic Disease Management Protocol”

Shaoping Zhang, DDS, MS, PhD – University of Iowa, College of Dentistry
“Identifying Signature Inflammatory Mediators In Gingival Crevicular Fluid in Periodontal Profile Class-stages”

Proposals were reviewed by an independent group of senior academic dental researchers. 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.”

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

For more information about program and its guidelines, visit (USA) or (Canada).
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