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Congratulations to the IADR/Philips Oral Healthcare Young Investigator Research Grant Recipient

Exploring the connection between periodontitis and type 2 diabetes  

Publication date: September 25, 2015

The 2015 recipient of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR)/Philips Oral Healthcare Young Investigator Research Grant is Vanessa Tubero Euzebio Alves, a postdoctoral fellow at The Forsyth Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  

Alves holds a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in periodontics from Sao Paulo University. During her Ph.D. training, Alves worked with Dr. Holzhausen and Dr. Kantarci and reported for the first time that the over-expression of PAR2 was correlated with clinical and immunological parameters of periodontal inflammation. Periodontal disease is one risk factor among other known factors that may contribute to increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

After receiving her Ph.D., Alves continued her postdoctoral studies at The Forsyth Institute. Working under the guidance of Dr. Kantarci, Dr. Hasturk and Dr. Van Dyke, she proposed the idea that PAR2 involvement in diabetes could be the link between diabetes and periodontal disease as an inflammatory mechanism of regulation; and that Resolvin E1 will reverse PAR2 mediated inflammation.

Protease-activated receptor 2 (PAR2) signaling in periodontitis associated with type 2 diabetes

About the award

This marks the ninth year of the research grant sponsored by Philips Oral Healthcare and offered through the IADR Periodontal Research Group. The objective is to provide seed funding for a postdoctoral student/staff 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. Studies that are purely laboratory-based and not involving human material/samples will not be considered. The main judging criteria is relevance/importance and scientific quality, but an upward moderation applies for intercontinental collaborative applications.


Grant recipients

2015 >
Vanessa Alves
The Forsyth Institute, USA

2014 >
Paola de Pablo
The University of Birmingham, USA

2013 >
Mervi Gursoy
University of Turku, Finland

2012 >
Patricia Miguez
University of Pennsylvania, USA

2011 >
Katrin Jaedicke
University of Newcastle Upon
Tyne, UK

2010 >
Mandeep Ghuman
King's College, UK

2009 >
Nagihan Bostanci
Zurich University, Switzerland


2008 >
Moritz Kebschull
Columbia University, USA

2007 >
Fa-ming Chen
Fourth Military Medical University,
Xi'an P.R. China

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