Align Technology announced the 11 recipients of its 13th Annual Research Awards Program, offering $275,000 in research grants.

Align Technology announced the award of 11 research grants to universities under the company’s 13th Annual Research Award Program.

“Align is committed to the advancement of the orthodontic and dental fields, and we are pleased to support university research around the world, said Mitra Derakhshan, DDS, Align senior vice president, global clinical. “We are excited to see the findings and future clinical insights about Invisalign clear aligner treatment and its applicability for a broad range of clinical case types for patients of all ages. Continued research around all aspects of clear aligner treatment will increase awareness within the dental community about the efficacy of clear aligner treatment as compared to traditional appliances.”

The Americas research award recipients for 2023 are:

  • University of Washington (Seattle, US) – Primary Investigator, Dr Greg Huang
  • University of the Pacific (San Francisco, US) – Primary Investigator, Dr Heeyeon Suh
  • University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) – Primary Investigator, Dr Camila Pacheco-Pereira
  • Uniderp (Campo Grande-MS, Brazil) – Primary Investigator, Dr Paula Vanessa Peron Oltramari

The European research award recipients for 2023 are:

  • UniCamillus, International Medical University (Rome, Italy) – Primary Investigator, Dr Roberta Lione
  • Mohammed Bin Rashid University (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) – Primary Investigator, Dr Sabarinath Prasad
  • Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt (Frankfurt, Germany) – Primary Investigator, Dr Babak Sayahpour
  • University of Milan (Milan, Italy) – Primary Investigator, Dr Francesca Gaffuri

The Asia Pacific research award recipients for 2023 are:

  • Sichuan University (Chengdu, China) – Primary Investigator, Dr Hu Long
  • School of Stomatology Wuhan University (Wuhan, China) – Primary Investigator, Dr Sanjie Yeweng
  • Mahidol University (Bangkok, Thailand) – Primary Investigator, Dr Narudol Treethanya

“Over the years, it has been rewarding to see the evolution of research projects and the results that have advanced understanding and awareness of the various approaches for the treatment of malocclusion,” said John Morton, Align vice president and technical fellow. “Align is proud to support these research studies that have directly impacted advancements in clear aligner treatment and provided the scientific information that doctors need to interpret the efficacy of Invisalign clear aligner treatment.”

The 2023 funded research studies will cover a wide range of topics for projects seeking to better understand treatments in orthodontics and dentistry.

All award applications received were first reviewed and prioritized in a blind evaluation by an independent academic committee. Align Technology then determined the final recipients.

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