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Dentist studying periodontal disease in elderly receives research award

January 16, 2018

By Kelly Ganski

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Dr. An
A dentist and Ph.D. candidate studying periodontal disease in the elderly is the inaugural recipient of the ADA Foundation Dentsply Sirona Research Award for Dual Degree Candidates.

Dr. Jonathan An, a Ph.D. candidate in oral health sciences at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, will receive $10,000 award to help him pursue a career in research that advances the oral health of the public, as the award stipulates.

"As a dentist-scientist, I hope to bridge the ties between chair-side observations and bench science," said Dr. An. "The information attained from research leads to more effective treatments, thereby leading to improvement of patient care and quality of life. The ADAF Dentsply Sirona Research Award will strengthen my intent of becoming an academic clinician and researcher, and help me be more equipped to make a positive difference in others' lives."
The award funds may be used to cover expenses related to attending the American Association for Dental Research SCADA competition (Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application) and, in addition, to defray the cost of one or more of the following: a research project approved by the ADA Foundation; attending one or more scientific conferences in order to further the recipient's knowledge or skills; and/or presenting their findings at such scientific conference.

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