For their research on new testing methods for dental materials, Kulzer honors young scientists around the world with the IADR/Kulzer Travel Award. The award enables them to travel to the world’s largest congress in dentistry and present their research work to a large professional audience.
Even though travel is not possible this year due to the pandemic, Kulzer is maintaining the travel award to recognize the important contribution of young researchers to dentistry. Instead of funding travel to the IADR-Dental Materials Group Business Meeting the company is financially supporting the research of five young scientists.
In interviews the winners talk about their research work and what it means for young investigators to receive the IADR/Kulzer Travel Award.
Yehuda Klein from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) won the IADR/Kulzer Travel Award 2021 for his work on “Osteoimmunology: The Effect of Resolvin D1 on the Biological Processes Underlying Orthodontic Tooth Movement.”
What were you examining?
In this project, we examined the osteo-immunological effect of ResolvinD1 on the biological processes underlying orthodontic tooth movement and its potential use to reinforce teeth anchorage.
What was the result of your research?
Briefly, the results showed that Resolvin D1 plays an active role during tooth movement and its delivery attenuates orthodontic tooth movement via a dual mechanism: indirectly, via an anti-inflammatory and pro-resolution effect on the immune response, and directly, via reducing RANK expression on pre-Osteoclast cells, and therefore osteoclastogenesis. These findings support the potential use of RvD1 as a bioactive agent for inhibition of anchor tooth movement.
How much time did you need for the research?
We have been working on this research since 2018. With the COVID19-Pandemic in the middle, the entire project took over 3 years to complete.
What are you researching now?
In order to achieve the relevance in the clinical aspect, we are trying now to develop a novel drug delivery system for the Resolvin D1 in a sustain release manner based on nanotechnology approaches.
Why did you apply for the Travel Award 2021?
I chose to apply for this award, since this award is covering the travel expenses. This allows me to attend in the 99th IADR General Session & Exhibition in Boston, USA and to present this research results at the congress as well as share knowledge with my colleagues.
What does the award mean to you?
As a young scientist, the IADR Kulzer Travel Award encourages me to undertake research in innovative testing methods of dental materials, and new ideas and approaches to improve and develop dental materials.