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Past Research Grants Awarded

Each year, monies are set aside to fund the Research Project. Applications are solicited from Canadian Dental Schools and hospitals for the funding of research into dental and dentally repeated interests. The foundation is kept apprised of progress and suitable acknowledgement and recognition is given, in any publications or presentations made by the recipients. The grants committee is made up of 5 members (currently Guy Aboodi (Ontario), Mel Schwartz (Quebec), David Eisenstat (Ontario), Richard Halpern (Alberta) and Sandra Sastlicht (British Columbia) reachable via grantapplication@aofoundation.ca)

Thirteen worthy projects were awarded in 2017:
  • Dr. Claudie Laprise, McGill University: Human papillomavirus and head and neck cancers: a lifecourse epidemiologic approach.

  • Dr. Haider Al-Waeli, McGill University: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs' Chronotherapy could enhance post operative recovery of bone fracture surgery

  • Dr. Raquel V Rodrigues, University of British Colombia: Approaches for increasing durability of hybridized mineralized tissues.

  • Dr. George Dinh-Khang Le, Universit√© de Montreal: Evaluation of the effects of osteoperforation and piezocorticision on canine retraction: Randomized controlled clinical trial.

  • Dr. Morvarid Oveisi, University of Toronto: Development of a novel technique to be able to detect neutrophil activation phenotypes in response to specific oral commensal and oral pathogenic bacteria.

  • Dr. Zeeshan Sheikh, University of Toronto: Development of a novel weight bearing bone biomaterial of calcium polyphosphate (CPP) infiltrated with dicalcium phosphate containing a bone anabolic drug for use in maxillofacial and orthopedic surgical applications.

  • Dr. Petros Kechagioglou, University of Saskatchewan: Improving clinical outcomes through personalized diagnosis of human papillomavirus related to oral cancer: a pilot in vitro study.

  • Dr. Mohammed AL Saloum, University of British Colombia: Marginal fit of CEREC E.max and Celtra duo crowns.

  • Dr. Zahra Dorna Mojdami, University of Toronto: Correlation Between Clinical Periodontal Parameters, Periodontal Biological Markers & Self Perceived Oral Health Status in Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetic Patients: A Cross Sectional Study

  • Dr. Rebecca Chan, University of Toronto: Micro-computed tomography evaluation of the efficacy of hard-tissue removal from the root canal and isthmus area by the Gentlewave system.

  • Dr. Anca Serbanescu, University of Toronto: Effect of Metronidazole in Modulation of Neutrophil Activity Against Periodontal Pathogens.

  • Dr. Jocelyne Shim, University of Toronto: Impact of orthodontic finishing on masticatory performance.

  • Dr. Fatemeh Mohabatpour, University of Saskatchewan: Regeneration of the enamel-dentin tissue using a 3D printed dual-compartment scaffold.

Ten worthy projects were awarded in 2016:
  • Dr. Mahmood Abu Ruja, University of Toronto: Improving bond strength to zirconia - characterization of the material after different surface treatment methods.

  • Dr. Mohamed El-Rabbany, University of Toronto: A critical evaluation of the therapeutic efficacies of current Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (MRONJ) management strategies: a retrospective cohort study.

  • Dr. Aaron Fox, University of Toronto: Artificial vertical root fracture detection in endodontically treated single-rooted teeth using a root filling material with reduced beam hardening artefact and cone beam computed topography imaging.

  • Dr. Jacqueline Lopez-Gross, University of Toronto: Astroglial plasticity within the rat orafacial sensorimotor cortex after endodontic treatment vs. tooth extraction.

  • Dr. Turney McKee, McGill University: Regulation of pro-inflammatory macrophages by fibrillin-1: potential role in periodontitis.

  • Dr. Corey Ng, University of Toronto: The prevalence of dental and skeletal malocclusions in children with obstructive sleep apnea and the effects of positive airway pressure therapy on the skeletal base in those with down syndrome or obesity.

  • Dr. Ouliana Oguienko, University of Toronto: Mechanical properties of graded thermodynamic nickel titanium archwires in bending and torsion.

  • Dr. Zeeshan Sheikh, University of Toronto: A novel strategy for treating peri-implant disease by immuno-modulatory polyurethane biomaterials.

  • Dr. Cameron Stewart, University of Toronto: Novel drug-templated mesoporous silica for dental adhesive applications.

  • Dr. Farzeen Tanwir, University of Toronto: Identification of Novel Neutrophil Phenotypes associated with infection susceptibility in Pediatric Neutropenia.

Thirteen worthy projects were awarded in 2015:
  • Dr. Maryam Elyasi, University of Alberta: OModelling the theory of planned behaviour to improve adherence to oral health preventive measures in preschool children.

  • Ms. Leigha Rock , University of British Colombia: Can toluidine blue uptake predict malignant progression of low grade oral lesions?

  • Dr. Luisa Schuldt, University of British Colombia: disinfection of dental implant surface by Leukocyte-Platelet rich fibrin.

  • Dr. Mohamed Al-Saleh, University of Alberta: Assessment of Temporomandibular Joint internal derangement using MRI-CBCT image registration.

  • Dr. Yuli Berlin-Broner, University of Alberta: Association between apical periodontitis and atherosclerosis.

  • Dr. Matthew Kotyk, University of Manitoba: Dental, Skeletal and growth effects of malocclusion treate with the van Beek headgear activator and comprehensive fixed orthodontic appliances.

  • Dr. Faryn Berger , University of Toronto: resveratrol effect on oral inflammatory load in chronic periodontitis.

  • Dr. Amarjot Singh , McGill University: the DNA methylation signature in orofacial neuropathic pain patients.

  • Dr. Amarjot Singh , McGill University: the DNA methylation signature in orofacial neuropathic pain patients.

  • Dr. Zeeshan Sheikh, University of Toronto: Monetite cement grafts loade with a novel C3 conjugate drug to achieve more predictable and greater bone regeneration.

  • Dr. Annie Shrestha, University of Toronto: dentin conditioning with functionalized bioactive nanoparticles for tissue integration.

  • Dr. Harsimrat Kaur, McGill University: Role of Salivary cytokines and severe pain after breast cancer surgery.

  • Dr. Eri Ikeda, University of Toronto: esveratrol dimer (Melinjo) induces healing of experimental periodontitis in a mouse model.

  • Dr. Ralph Dana, University of Toronto: treatment of non-traumatic dental emergencies by family and emergency physicans.

Five worthy projects were awarded in 2014:
  • Dr. Guy Aboodi, University of Toronto: Oxidative stress: A key player in the host response to periodontal diseases.

  • Dr. Ashwaq Al-Hashedi , McGill University: Titanium implant decontamination.

  • Dr. Kelvin Afrashtehfar, McGill University: Creation of a knowledge translation tool in Restorative Dentistry.

  • Dr. Siavash Hassanpour, University of Toronto: Characterization of local and systemic neutrophils in health and disease.

  • Dr. Harsimrat Kaur, McGill University: Salivary cytokines and severe pain after breast cancer surgery: A productive insight.

Seven worthy projects were awarded in 2013:
  • Dr. Guy Aboodi, University of Toronto: The oral innate immune response during periodontal disease.

  • Dr. Andrei Lonescu, University of Toronto: To develop a protocol for the delivery of charged antimicrobial nanoparticles in suspension through the portals of exit of a root canalsystem and into the periapical tissue using custom electric fields

  • Dr. Kerry D'Costa, University of Toronto: MMP cleaved fetuin may lose its ability to inhibit TGF-Beta and BMP-2 activity.

  • Dr. Jason Yee, University of Toronto: The impact of maternal oral inflammation on the neonatal quality of life.

  • Dr. Sebastien Dostie, University of British Columbia: Disinfection of Straumann SLA dental implants colonized by multispecies oral biofilm.

  • Dr. Mohamed ElSalhy, University of Alberta: Roles of DMP-1 in root resorption after dental trauma.

  • Dr. Humam Saltaji, University of Alberta: Methodological Characteristics and treatment effect sizes in oral health randomized controlled trials: is there a relationship?

Seven worthy projects were awarded in 2012:
  • Dr. Guy Aboodi, University of Toronto: The oral innate immune response during periodontal disease.

  • Dr. Abbasali Hassanali, University of Toronto: Role of Filamin A in mechanical protection of periodontal tissue.

  • Dr. Flavia Lakschevitz, University of Toronto: Phenotypic changes in neutrophils from blood to oral cavity in periodonal patients.

  • Dr. Gillian Layton, University of Toronto: Understanding fluid dynamics in conventional and two ultrasonic irrigation methods using a novel experimental approach.

  • Dr. Quyen Su, University of Toronto: Genomic loci involved in alveolar bone loss and neutrophil recruitment in AXB/BXA inbred mice.

Seven worthy projects were awarded in 2011:
  • Dr. Michael Major, University of Alberta: Evaluation of CBCT imaging for dianosing adenoid hypertrophy and deviated nasal septum.

  • Dr. Anousheh Pesadmehr, University of Toronto: An in vitro evaluation on the ability of a biologically active nano-carrier based photodynamic therapy to stabilize dentin matrix metalloproteinases.

  • Dr. Tom Wierzbicki, University of Manitoba: Cytokine and Prostaglandin Expression in Primary HUman Osteoblasts UNder Inlammatory Conditions.

  • Dr. Rajan Saini, University of British Colimbia: Role of MicroRNAs in Oral Cancer Tumorigenesis.

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