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First Recipient of AAP’s SUNSTAR Innovation Grant to Advance Perio Study

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The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) announced that Yvonne Kapila, DDS, PhD, is the first recipient of the new SUNSTAR Innovation Grant. The $30,000 grant is part of the AAP’s recent partnership with oral health and technology company SUNSTAR

Dr. Kapila’s research project, “Natural Bacteriocins as Pre/Pro-Biotics to Promote Oral Health and Prevent Periodontal Disease,” was selected among 15 grant submissions.

“The SUNSTAR Innovation Grant will allow our team of clinicians and scientists to explore nisin’s effects on oral biofilm composition using both in vitro and in vivo model systems. Nisin has a long history of safety and broad range of biomedical applications, and it could add value in our understanding of periodontal health and periodontal disease prevention,” says Dr. Kapila, professor and vice chair of the University of California San Francisco’s Division of Periodontology. “I am so pleased and honored that this important project was chosen by the AAP and SUNSTAR to receive additional funding.”

SUNSTAR has committed to awarding 6 research grants to select AAP members over a 3-year period beginning in 2017.

Dr. Kapila will present the results of her study at a future AAP Annual Meeting.

The 2017 AAP National Conference & Exhibition will take place Sept. 16–19 in Chicago. To learn more and to register, visit aapexperience.org

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