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Faculty member Marco Bottino receives two awards at annual IADR conference

Marco Bottino

Ann Arbor, Mich., June 20, 2019 -– School of Dentistry faculty member Marco Bottino received two prestigious awards Wednesday from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) during its annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Bottino, an associate professor in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics, was one of three researchers to receive the Innovation in Oral Care Award during the opening ceremonies of the 97th General Session and Exhibition of the IADR. The conference is held in conjunction with the 48th annual meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the 43rd annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR).

Bottino’s Innovation in Oral Care Award is for research on “Injectable in-situ Forming Controlled Release RvE1 Gel for Periodontal Reconstruction.” Periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting nearly half of adults in the United States. “The authors strongly consider that the gel proposed in this article can be successfully translated as an innovative, ‘over-the-counter’ therapeutics for periodontal regeneration,” the IADR said in its award announcement. “The prospect of changing a tooth prognosis from ‘questionable’ to ‘favorable’ would help prolong the lifetime of the natural dentition and enhance the quality of life for millions of patients worldwide.” Co-investigators are Steven Schwendeman, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, and a professor of biomedical engineering at U-M; and Hajime Sasaki, an associate professor in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics at the U-M School of Dentistry.

The other two winners of the innovation awards are from the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Hong Kong, SAR, China. The three winners each receive $50,000. Funding is provided by an unrestricted grant from GlaxoSmithKline that is administered by the IADR.

Bottino was also announced as the 2019 recipient of the IADR Academy of Osseointegration Innovation in Implant Sciences Award. Bottino has more than a decade of experience in the development of dental and orthopedic biomaterials, in addition to tissue scaffolds and drug delivery systems for regenerative dentistry. He was selected for his research, “Customized 3D Printed PEEK-AMP Dental Implants with Enhanced Osseointegration.” The goal of this research is to develop customized 3D-printed dental implants made of polyetherether-ketone (PEEK), a fairly new polymeric biomaterial with unique properties as compared to those of titanium implants. In its award announcement, the IADR said Bottino predicts that the presence of the amorphous magnesium phosphate (AMP) within the PEEK matrix will increase hydrophilicity and enable CaP (or Mg-doped CaP) deposition on the implant surface. This would enable enhanced osseointegration and the customized PEEK-AMP 3D printed implants can be translated as an innovative bioactive dental implant for oral rehabilitation.

This is the ninth year the award has been sponsored by the Academy of Osseointegration in conjunction with the IADR. Bottino will receive an award of up to $75,000.

Bottino joined the U-M School of Dentistry in 2017 from Indiana University, where he was an Associate Professor of Biomedical and Applied Sciences and Graduate Program Director in Dental Biomaterials. His research interests are in the design and synthesis of tissue scaffolds, drug delivery systems, and stem cell therapies to regenerate dental, oral and craniofacial tissues. Bottino received his DDS degree from the Universidade Paulista in São Paulo, Brazil. He earned a master’s degree in nuclear technology from the University of São Paulo’s Institute for Energy and Nuclear Research, and he holds a doctorate in materials science from The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The IADR, with more than 11,400 individual members worldwide, is dedicated to advancing research and increasing knowledge for the improvement of oral health worldwide; supporting and representing the oral health research community; and facilitating the communication and application of research findings. More information is available on its website.


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