DT News - International - ITI awards 2023 André Schroeder Research Prizes

Search Dental Tribune

ITI awards 2023 André Schroeder Research Prizes

The 2023 André Schroeder Research Prize winners Drs Andrea Roccuzzo (left) and Dorien Van Hede (right) together with International Team for Implantology President Dr Charlotte Stilwell at the awards ceremony. (Image: ITI)

BASEL, Switzerland: At the 2023 annual conference of the International Team for Implantology (ITI) held in Lisbon in Portugal on 6 May, Drs Dorien Van Hede from Belgium and Andrea Roccuzzo from Italy were awarded the 2023 AndréSchroeder Research Prizes, each receiving an engraved gold medallion and CHF 10,000. This research prize is one of the most prestigious in the field of implant dentistry and is given annually to independent researchers for advancing dental research and development.

Dr Van Hede received the André Schroeder Research Prize for Preclinical Research for her study titled “3D-printed synthetic hydroxyapatite scaffold with in silico optimized macrostructure enhances bone formation in vivo”, co-authored with Bingbing Liang, Sandy Anania, Dr Mojtaba Barzegari, Bruno Verlée, Dr Grégory Nolens, Dr Justine Pirson, Prof. Liesbet Geris and Dr France Lambert. Their long-term objective is to respond to the need for improved personalised patient solutions using synthetic materials. Dr Van Hede commented: “The 3D scaffold—a gyroidal structure with specific pore and wall dimensions—was associated with higher bone regenerative performance than 3D scaffolds with a classic internal design. Also, by taking the in silico approach, we were able to avoid the use of numerous animal experiments”.

Dr Van Hede is a biomedical scientist and researcher at the University of Liège in Belgium, where she is in charge of preclinical research for the development of innovative biomaterials with optimised bone regenerative performance. She said: “My team and I are very proud to have received this award. It is an excellent way to gain some international visibility for our work and motivates me in the search for new research ideas.”

The prize for clinical research went to Dr Roccuzzo for his study titled “Narrow diameter implants to replace congenital missing maxillary lateral incisors: A 1-year prospective, controlled, clinical study”, conducted with Dr Jean-Claude Imber, Jakob Lempert, Dr Mandana Hosseini and Prof. Simon Storgård Jensen. They found the new narrow-diameter implant investigated in their study to be as reliable as the gold standard in terms of implant survival rate, peri-implant marginal bone level changes and aesthetics when used in cases of limited mesiodistal distance in the maxillary area. Dr Roccuzzo noted: “This topic is highly relevant, and as such, our work contributes to filling an important knowledge gap in this field.”

Dr Roccuzzo is a senior staff member in the periodontics department at the University of Bern in Switzerland and a research associate in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Copenhagen University Hospital, where he is actively involved in several ongoing clinical research trials in the fields of periodontics and implant dentistry. He commented: “As a young researcher, this prize is a unique honour and a huge reward for the work of my entire team over the past year.”

Bone regeneration Dental implantology Dental research Implant dentistry Periodontics

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *