ADIA grant to help leading periodontal disease research

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periodontal diseaseThe Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) has just announced Dr Cédryck Vaquette, from the University of Queensland, as the recipient for their 2015 ADIA Research Award. The winner of the grant, the ADIA said in a statement, will be using the award to research “controlled manufacturing of fibre-guiding scaffold for promoting functional periodontal ligament attachment.”

Troy Williams, ADIA the chief executive officer was pleased to see the grant put to work on such a substantial issue for the ongoing oral health of Australia.

“Periodontal disease is common and therefore a significant issue in the Australian population resulting in the destruction of soft and hard tissue around teeth. This research is important as it studies the pioneering way to regenerate the tissues lost as a result of periodontitis,” he said.

Dr Vaquette and his team will be undertaking their research at both the School of Dentistry and Oral Health at Griffith University and the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at the Queensland University of Technology.

“The research project being undertaken by Dr Vaquette will elicit the controlled manufacturing of a fibre-guiding scaffold combined with cell sheet technology for promoting bone formation, functional periodontal attachment and regeneration,” said the ADIA in a statement.

“This will be achieved by utilising innovative scaffold fabrication technology, such as melt electrospinning writing, for the production of a hierarchically organised biphasic scaffold. This scaffold will comprise of aligned channels for guiding periodontal fibre attachment and a pore size gradient for promoting vascularisation and subsequent bone formation in order to functionally regenerate the periodontium complex.”

The grant is awarded yearly after consideration by the Australian Dental Research Foundation (ADRF).

“ADIA is proud to be supporting the ADRF and Dr Vaquette in this research project. It’s arguable that research into dental and oral health is under-funded in Australia and this research project is congruous with ADIA’s commitment to supporting, at a local level, research that may lead to innovative new treatment pathways and products,” said Williams.

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