AlignTechnology Inc, Santa Clara, Calif, has awarded a total of $75,000in scientific research funding to two universities for projects focusingon the further understanding of orthodontic treatment with clearaligners. The funding is a part of Align’s Clear Aligner Research AwardProgram.

Maria Orellana, DDS, PhD, assistant professor at the University ofCalifornia, San Francisco School of Dentistry, will receive a$25,000 award with an option to renew for an additional $25,000 in 2011for the project "Awareness, Acceptance and Use of the Invisalign®System." The project seeks to conduct a cross-sectional,epidemiological study examining awareness, acceptance, and use of clearaligners in the adolescent Latino population.

Robyn Silberstein, DDS, MS, PhD, clinical associate professor at the University of Illinoisat Chicago College of Dentistry, will receive a $25,000 award forthe project "Adherence Predictability to Invisalign®Treatment." The project seeks to design and test effective tools topredict patient compliance.

This is the first year Align has awarded research funding for scientificprojects based on a formal submission process. Align plans to continuethe Clear Aligner Research Award Program for 2011, awarding up to$100,000 for scientific research. Eligible applicants include full-timeuniversity faculty involved in orthodontic scientific research, as wellas non-orthodontic scientists whose work may contribute to theimprovement of clear aligner therapy.

Applications for 2011 funding are due no later than March 1, 2011.Program details and application instructions are available here.

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