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Group calls for sports dentistry research abstracts

February 16, 2015

By Kimber Solana

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2014 winners: (From left) Justin Chi and Ankit Keshav, University of Southern California dental students, won last year's poster presentation contest held by the Academy for Sports Dentistry to promote dental research relating to athletic protection and sports injuries.
In an effort to encourage more dental-related research on athletic protection and sports injuries, the Academy for Sports Dentistry is seeking entries from dental students for two contests due March 25.

The first is the best poster presentation, where entrants submit abstracts related to sports dentistry. ASD will choose the winning abstract April 15. The winner will receive a cash reward and up to a $500 travel allowance to attend and present a poster on the research at the academy's annual symposium, to be held June 25-27 in Chicago. Last year's winners were Justin Chi and Ankit Keshav, dental students from the University of Southern California.

In addition, the academy's research committee is also seeking entries for abstracts for future or to-be-considered dental research related to sports dentistry. The winner, who will also receive a cash reward and up to a $500 travel allowance, will be chosen at the annual symposium.

Rewards for both winners total about $2,000, which include monetary awards, travel expenses and registration fees to the annual symposium.

"We're hopeful these contests promote more research in relation to sports trauma and create more preventive appliances or techniques, especially from up-and-coming dentists," said Dr. Wayne Nakamura, Academy research committee member.

The Academy was created in 1983 to promote and research developments related to athletic protection and sports trauma/injuries.

For more information on the contests, including details on general guidelines and requirements on the abstracts, email Dr. Danette McNew, ASD research committee chair, at dmcnew@bcd.tamhsc.edu.