Inaugural Karring–Nyman Sunstar GUIDOR® Award presented 27/04/2017

Sunstar is proud and honored to announce the 1st Karring–Nyman Sunstar GUIDOR®Award!

Sunstar is proud and honored to announce that the 1st Karring–Nyman Sunstar GUIDOR® Award was won by Dr Daniel Clark, DDS, PhD, a postdoctoral scholar at the UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) School of Dentistry, who received his award during the 95th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR, which was recently held in San Francisco. 


Dr Andreas Stavropoulos (left), Councillor of PRG and Professor at the Dept. of Periodontology, Malmö University, Sweden, presenting the award to Dr Daniel Clark (center), receiving his grant to help pursue his research from Ms Marie-Antoinette Wilson (right), Scientific Affairs & Professional Relations Senior Manager at Sunstar Americas.

The new and prestigious award is sponsored by the Sunstar Foundation and awarded by the Periodontal Research Group (PRG) of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and aims to support research within the field of oral tissue regeneration. 
The award is named for Professor Thorkild Karring, a longtime member of the Department of Periodontology of the Royal Dental College in Aarhus (now the department of dentistry at Aarhus University) in Denmark, who symbolically received the inaugural award when it was created last year, and for Professor Sture Nyman, a former professor at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and a frequent collaborator with Professor Karring in the field of oral tissue regeneration research. It pays tribute to the fathers of periodontal regeneration whose research is at the base of dental membranes, among which GUIDOR bioresorbable matrix barrier in particular, the first alloplastic bioresorbable regenerative matrix barrier specifically designed on the concept of Guided Tissue Regeneration as defined by both professors.
“We are very excited to sponsor this prestigious award and help cast a spotlight on the very important topic of oral tissue regeneration,” said Marie-Antoinette Wilson, MPH, Senior Manager of Scientific Affairs & Professional Relations for Sunstar. “We congratulate Dr. Clark on this honor, and we look forward to seeing the results of his research.”
Dr Clark presented a preclinical in vivo study to test the hypothesis that age-related changes to macrophages negatively affect bone regeneration, and bone regeneration can be improved by limiting the activity of pro-inflammatory macrophages and promoting the activity of anti-inflammatory macrophages. Indeed, in the elderly population complications in bone healing are increased and coincide with inflamm-aging, a susceptibility for dysregulated immune response and chronic inflammatory conditions with increasing age.
The Karring–Nyman Sunstar GUIDOR Award will be conferred annually to the winner of a
competition in which oral tissue regeneration research proposals are submitted to and evaluated by a judging panel of 5 members of the PRG. The grant of 10,000 Euro is to allow the winner, a doctoral student or post-doctoral scientist, to pursue research within the field of oral tissue regeneration with a project involving collaborative research on basic, pre-clinical in vivo, or clinical research with a clear translational or clinical component. Occasionally, a priority topic will be announced and only projects related to this will be eligible for evaluation for that year’s award.

Find out more about the Karring Nyman Sunstar GUIDOR® award and subscribe to the 2nd award here.

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