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AAO Foundation offers new research award

October 08, 2015

Photo of Dr. Charles Burstone
Dr. Charles Burstone
Orthodontists, who are full-time academics in years 3-14 of their academic careers, can apply for a new research award sponsored by the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation.

The Burstone-Indiana BioMechanics Award will fund future study of the field of biomechanics and other emerging technologies.

The award, which the AAO Foundation first announced in October, is named after the late Dr. Charles Burstone, a “pioneer in the study of biomechanics and orthodontics,” according to the AAO Foundation.

“He brought the full force of scientific knowledge back to orthodontics,” said Dr. Michael Marcotte, a teaching colleague and close friend of Dr. Burstone. “Dr. Burstone is best known for the ‘segmented arch technique,’ which calls for the movement of teeth in small groups, rather than individual teeth. This technique is extremely quantifiable, manageable and predictable.”

Dr. Burstone was the chair of Indiana University’s orthodontic department from 1961-70 and later established and chaired the orthodontics department at the University of Connecticut. He died in February.

The deadline for proposals is Dec. 15. For more information about how to apply, visit and click on “Awards Program” and then “Funding for 2016.”

The AAO Foundation, the charitable arm of the American Association of Orthodontists, provides support to orthodontic education programs and orthodontic research.