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Professor Jan T. Lindhe, former chair of the Department of Periodontology at Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden, is the 12th recipient of the Nobel Biocare Brånemark Osseointegration Award.

This annual award, made possible by a grant from Nobel Biocare, is bestowed by the Osseointegration Foundation (OF), AO’s philanthropic arm. It honors an individual whose contributions to implant dentistry are exemplary in any or all of the Foundation’s mission categories: research, education and charitable causes.

“It is with particular pride that I accept this award, as the late Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark was one of my first and most important teachers in biomedical research. I first met Dr. Brånemark in 1965, when I was invited to work with him in his laboratory on issues related to hormonal (estrogen, progesterone) effects on vascular proliferation and permeability during wound healing. We published several papers on this topic, research that subsequently made me qualified for the position of professor and chairman of the Department of Periodontology at the University of Göteborg. In other words, my early collaboration with PI Brånemark was of critical importance for my future professional life,” says Dr. Lindhe.

“Dr. Jan Lindhe is a legend and an authority in the field of dentistry. His critical and innovative studies became milestones in periodontology and implantology. His publications have been cited many times, providing the fundamental explanation in areas such as the pathogenesis of periodontal and peri-implant diseases, the mechanisms of wound healing, the microbiota of the implant-abutment interface, and so many others. There is no doubt that Professor Jan Lindhe deserves this prestigious award, and we are proud to honor him this year for his excellence, innovation and vision in the field of implant dentistry,” says OF President Dr. Romanos, professor of Periodontology and Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine.

Prof. Lindhe received his LDS degree from the Royal School of Dentistry, Malmö, Sweden. He completed graduate training in the Department of Roentgenology, Department of Oral Surgery, and Department of Periodontology at University of Lund, Sweden, where he received OD and PhD degrees in 1964. In 1983, he received his DMD degree from the School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Prof. Lindhe was professor and chairman, Department of Periodontology, at the University of Umeå, Sweden, before appointment to the same position at Göteborg University. He also served as dean of the School of Dentistry at Göteborg and the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He has held editorial positions on many prestigious dental journals and has received honors and recognition in many countries outside his native Sweden, including Denmark, Finland, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and United States. He is an Honorary Citizen of the City of Padova, Italy. He is an Honorary Fellow, International Team of Implantology (ITI), Honorary Member of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), and received the William J. Geis Periodontology Award. Dr. Lindhe has authored more than 400 original research publications, six textbooks, and many textbook chapters.

Previous Nobel Biocare Brånemark Osseointegration Award honorees are (in chronological order) Per-Ingvar Brånemark, MD, PhD; William R. Laney, DMD, MS; George A. Zarb, BChD, DDS, MS; Daniel VanSteenberge, MD, PhD; Ulf Lekholm, DDS, Daniel Buser, DDS, DMD; Tomas Albrektsson, MD, PhD; Stephen M. Parel, DDS; Ole Jensen, DMD; Steven E. Eckert, DDS; and Kenji W. Higuchi, DDS, MS. The selection process involves members of the OF’s Titanium Society proposing distinguished candidates.

All Titanium Society members and a guest of their choice are invited to attend the annual Titanium Society breakfast meeting, Saturday, March 16, at 7:00 am.

Positions are still available in the Titanium Society, which is limited to supporters who have pledged $10,000 total in past and future contributions over a four year period. The Titanium Society’s membership is limited to 100. Anyone interested in becoming a Titanium Society member may find a downloadable membership application on the OF section of the Academy’s website (https://osseo.org/osseointegration-foundation/) or by contacting the Academy at 847-439-1919, or by email, academy@osseo.org.

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