Sunstar Foundation Awards Ceremony 2022

June 30, 2022

During Europerio10, the Sunstar Foundation celebrated the Award Ceremony for the Sunstar World Perio Research Award and the Perio Link™ Award. After a delay in the Europerio10 celebration, as it was originally scheduled to be held in June 2021, the winners and the selection committee members were reunited in Copenhaguen.

7th World Perio Research Award Winners

1st winner:

Title: Periodontal disease classifications and incident coronary heart disease in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study.

Team: Beck JD, Philips K, Moss K, Sen S, Morelli T, Preisser J, Pankow J

Journal of Periodontology 2020 Nov;91(11):1409-1418. doi: 10.1002/JPER.19-0723. Epub 2020 Jun 23. PMID: 32449797.

This paper suggests that, while periodontal therapy may improve oral health, it may be effective at impacting coronary heart disease incidence in only certain groups of people.

2nd winner:

Title: The association of periodontal disease and cardiovascular risk; results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos.

Team: Singer RH, Stoutenberg M, Feaster DJ, Cai J, Hlaing WM, Metsch LR, Salazar CR, Beaver SM, Finlayson TL, Talavera G, Gellman MD, Schneiderman N

Journal of Periodontology 2018 Jul;89(7):840-857. doi: 10.1002/JPER.17-0549. Epub 2018 Jul 20. PMID: 29542123; PMCID: PMC6105526.

This research shows that moderate and severe periodontal diseases are associated with significant cardiovascular disease risk with marked sex disparity and heterogeneity by Hispanic/Latino background.

3rd winner:

Title: Inflammatory Bacteriome and Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

Team: Perera M, Al-Hebshi NN, Perera I, Ipe D, Ulett GC, Speicher DJ, Chen T, Johnson NW.

Journal of Dental Research 2018 Jun;97(6):725-732. doi: 10.1177/0022034518767118. Epub 2018 Apr 9. PMID: 29630846.

This paper substantiates evidence for the inflammatory nature of the bacteriome associated with oral squamous cell carcinoma.

2nd Perio Link™ Award Winner


Title: The role of dental insurance in mitigating mortality among working-age U.S. adults with periodontitis.

Team: Sadiq N, Probst JC, Merchant AT, Martin AB, Shrestha D, Khan MM. Journal of Clinical Periodontology 2020 Nov;47(11):1294-1303. doi: 10.1111/jcpe.13366. PMID: 32939782.

Their findings confirm that dental insurance might be instrumental in granting access to dental care and therefore reducing the associated mortality risk in adults within working age in the US.