Philips Young Investigator Research Award

About the award

 

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the research grant sponsored by Philips Oral Healthcare and offered through the IADR Periodontal Research Group. The goal of the grant is to provide seed funding for a postdoctoral student/staff member who is within 12 months of successfully completing a Ph.D. at the time of the submission deadline, and wishes to establish an independent program of research.

 

The research proposal must have a clinical theme in line with Philips Oral Healthcare's desire to support and promote clinical research. The main judging criteria are relevance/importance and scientific quality, but an upward moderation applies for intercontinental collaborative applications.

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Kristina Bertl, Doctor of Philosophy at Medical University of Vienna

Kristina Bertl,

Doctor of Philosophy at Medical University of Vienna

This year’s winner

 

The 2016 recipient of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR)/Philips Oral Healthcare Young Investigator Research Grant is Kristina Bertl, Doctor of Philosophy at Medical University of Vienna (Austria), with her project: Presence of Fusobacterium nucleatum at colorectal cancer sites - Influencing factors and screening possibilities.

 

The current project will further elaborate the contribution of Fusobacterium nucleatum to colorectal cancer development and specifically the possible role of the oral cavity as a reservoir for F. nucleatum dissemination to the colon. The project will be a collaboration of the Department of Periodontology (Faculty of Odontology, University of Malmö, Sweden) with two hospitals for CRC tissue sampling (Department of Surgery, Oncology and Medicine, Skåne University Hospital, Sweden & Department of Oncology, Rigshospitalet, Denmark), and with the Division of Microbial Ecology (Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science, University of Vienna, Austria) for microbiome assessment and analysis.

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