Announcing the 7th World Perio Research Award Winners

  • Sunstar Foundation announces the winners of the 7th World Perio Research Award, a prize focused on the connection between Periodontal Disease and Systemic health.
  • Sunstar has been raising awareness about the connection between mouth and body for over 30 years.

The Sunstar Foundation announces the winners of the 7th World Perio Research Award focused on ‘The relationship between Periodontal Disease and Systemic health’. Since 2003, this award has aimed to promote further research in the bi-directional relationship between oral health and systemic health to raise awareness about this issue around the world.

The papers have been selected by the World Perio Research Award committee, which is formed by the representatives of leading dental journals worldwide: Kenneth S. Kornman, DDS, PhD, Chairman of the Award selection committee Research Professor University of Michigan; Maurizio S. Tonetti, DMD, PhD, MMSc, FRCPS, FRCS, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Clinical Periodontology; William V. Giannobile, DS, MS, DMSc, Dean of Harvard School of Dental Medicine; Shinya Murakami, DDS, PhD, Editor of the Journal of Periodontal Research; Nicholas S. Jakubovics, BSc, PhD, Editor in Chief of The Journal of Dental Research; and Isao Ishikawa, DDS, PhD Professor Emeritus of the Tokyo women’s medical University Institute of Advanced Biomedical Engineering and Science Consultant as Honorary Member.

1st Winner
Title: Periodontal disease classifications and incident coronary heart disease in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities
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.

Sunstar Awards

All the winners will receive a monetary reward as well as a full registration and lodging for Europerio10. Furthermore, the commemorative trophy will be presented at the Award Ceremony during the Sunstar session in June 2022 in Copenhagen.

Besides the World Perio Research Award, the Sunstar Foundation is proud of several other awards which contribute to raise awareness of the importance of oral health and its relationship with systemic diseases worldwide. To mention a few, the Sunstar World Dental Hygienist Award, which celebrates dental hygienists around the world, and the NEW Perio Link Award that aims to bring scientific innovation closer to the people by asking researchers to submit a one-minute video summarising their findings and asking communities to vote for the best proposal.

About Sunstar

Founded in Japan in 1932 and now headquartered in Switzerland, Sunstar is one of the leading oral-care companies in the world with its flagship brands G.U.M., Butler and Ora2.  Over the past decades it has developed several distinctive businesses and today, Sunstar is a leading global company in the Mouth & Body Care field, along with a major presence in the Health & Beauty Care and in the Environment & Amenity business fields. It is also a world-leader in the Safety Support & High Technology field. With more than 4000 employees across the world, its products and services are distributed in more than 100 countries, with an annual turnover of around 1.2 billion CHF (2020).  Further information:

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