With more than 250 e-posters, oral and clinical innovations abstracts submitted for the Academy of Osseointegration’s (AO) 2019 Annual Meeting, attendees can get a first-hand look at the wealth of original and groundbreaking research conducted by its international implant dentistry member community.

Numerous research presentations and awards will be bestowed March 13 – 16 in Washington, DC to continue AO’s tradition of supporting research and innovation. They will include:

Oral Scientific Research
Darnell Kaigler, DDS, PhD University of Michigan, will present his research findings on “Customized Stem Cell Therapy for Alveolar Bone Regeneration and Implant Therapy” as part of the Oral Scientific Research Session on Friday, March 15. Dr. Kaigler and his research team, received a 1st Place Basic Science Grant from the Osseointegration Foundation (OF) in 2018.

Oral Clinical Research
The findings of “The Use of RNA-Seq in the Quantification of Gene Expression by Microbial Population in Adult Patients Diagnosed with Peri-implantitis Compared to Controls” will be presented by Hanae Saito, DDS, MS, during the Oral Clinical Research session on the morning of Friday, March 2. He will report on this research, developed in conjunction with his research team from University of Maryland, which received a 1st Place Applied Science Grant from OF in 2018.

William R. Laney Award
Luigi Canullo, DDS, PhD will present on “Association Between Clinical and Microbiologic Cluster Profiles and Peri-implantitis,” the research for which he will be receiving the 2018 William R. Laney Award during the Clinical Innovations session on Friday, March 15. His award winning abstract was published in Volume 32, Issue 5, 2017 of the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants (JOMI). This award is named after William R. Laney, DMD, MS, AO’s first president and former editor of JOMI. It recognizes the best article published in the past year in JOMI, the official publication of AO, in which Dr. Laney serves as Editor Emeritus. Dr. Canullo maintains a private practice in Rome, Italy, limited to surgery and implant-supported prosthetic rehabilitation.

E-poster presentations
More than 220 e-posters will be presented in the Exhibit Hall during the complementary lunches on Thursday and Friday, as well as during the Welcome Reception on the afternoon of Thursday, March 14. Included as part of these presentations will be recipients of the OF’s Student Travel Grant program (as noted below).

New OF Student Travel grants
Now in its second year, the Osseointegration Foundation’s (OF) Student Travel Grant Program helps provide students with travel cost reimbursement to present their research at AO’s Annual Meeting. The number of grants awarded this year increased to 25 this year with additional support received from Anker Dental Implant Systems. These students, who are currently enrolled in a dental school program, were selected for a travel grant after receiving the top scores of student-submitted oral research and e-poster abstracts for the 2019 Annual Meeting as reviewed by members of the AO Research Submissions and E-Poster committee. All recipients will receive one, $1,000 grant at the Annual Meeting to assist in paying expenses related to attending and presenting their research in Washington, DC. For the list of recipients, please see our previous article in AO CONNECT announcing the winners.

2019 Research Award Winners
On Saturday, March 16, the final day of the 2019 Annual Meeting several researchers will be recognized as determined by a committee of their peers in the following categories: Best Oral Clinical Presentation, Best Oral Scientific Presentation, 1st Place E-poster, 2nd Place E-poster, Best E-poster Case Presentation, and Best Clinical Innovations. All lectures will be assessed on the following criteria: originality or innovativeness; significance on implant dentistry; appropriate method of analysis; relevance of conclusions; and overall quality of presentation. Awards and plaques will be presented to the winners during the Academy’s annual business meeting in Washington, DC.

AO’s 2019 Annual Meeting, “Current Factors in Clinical Excellence,” will be held March 13 – March 16, 2019 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, DC. Register by February 11 to secure the Advance Registration discount and the best hotel rates with AO’s special room block. This website contains complete details about the program, speakers, events and registration and all information can be accessed through the top menu bar.

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