A clinical associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry is the recipient of the Innovation in Implant Sciences Award presented by the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) and the Academy of Osseointegration.
Dr. Gustavo Mendonça received the award during IADR’s annual session in Boston. A member of the school’s faculty in the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences since last August, he teaches in the Comprehensive Care clinics and preclinical courses in fixed and removable prosthodontics.
Mendonça’s research focuses on how dental implant surfaces with nanoscale topography affect mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) development and how those cells evolve and ultimately create bone that surrounds the dental implant (osseointegration).
“Our work is helping us better understand how osseointegration takes place and how the surfaces with nanoscale topography might be used to improve patient outcomes,” he says. “Knowing that, in turn, could lead to developing novel biomaterials with a more direct effect on bone cells to enhance the success of implants and improve a patient’s quality of life.”
The Academy of Osseointegration is an international multidisciplinary dental implant organization whose mission is to advance oral health by disseminating advances in clinical and scientific knowledge of implant dentistry and tissue engineering. IADR advances research and knowledge to improve oral health worldwide.
Posted March 12, 2015