Colgate is pleased to announce 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 USD (per project) to support oral health research projects across multiple disciplines.The five proposals were selected by an esteemed group of senior academic dental researchers from a large pool of submissions. The five researchers to receive Colgate’s CARE program funding this year are:
• Dr. Jin-Hee Kwak--University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), School of Dentistry
Research Topic: “ BP-NELL-PEG Therapy to Regenerate Craniofacial Bones.”
• Dr. Kuei-Ling (Christine) Hsu—University of Maryland, School of Dentistry
Research Topic: “Transcriptomic and Metabolomic Profiling of the Oral Microbiome in Socially Disadvantage African American Children with Early Childhood Caries.”
• Dr. Tamanna Tiwari--University of Colorado, School of Dental Medicine
Research Topic: “A Participatory Approach in Improving Dental Health in African Immigrants.”
• Dr. David Prince—Roseman University, College of Dental Medicine
Research Topic: “Silver Diamine Fluoride and the Elderly.”
• Dr. Cristina Vidal--University of Iowa, College of Dentistry
Research Topic: “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. 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 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.”
Established in 2016, the Colgate CARE Program is designed to foster clinical and scientific research by providing financial support to young academic researchers. In order to be eligible for the Colgate CARE grant, faculty applicants must be in the first five years of an academic appointment.