Colgate Announces Recipients of the Colgate Award for Research Excellence


These recipients are being recognized by Colgate for their innovation, clinical significance, originality, and scientific quality.



The CARE Program recognizes new academic researchers by supporting oral health research projects across multiple disciplines.

The junior faculty members receiving awards this year are:

  • Adriana Manso, DDS, MSc, PhD – University of British Columbia, Faculty of Dentistry. “Novel multifunctional curcumin-based adhesive varnish for caries control”
  • Ammaar Abidi, DDS, PhD – University of Tennessee, Health Science Center, College of Dentistry. “Evaluation of the Effects of Phytocannabinoids on Human Gingival Fibroblast Proliferation, Migration, Growth and Inflammatory Cytokine Production”
  • Bianca Dearing, DDS, MPhil, PhD – Meharry Medical College, School of Dentistry. “The Nashville KROHL Study: Oral Health Literacy in Underserved Mothers”
  • Yuan Liu, DDS, MS, PhD – University of Pennsylvania, Penn Dental Medicine. “Oral Candida Infection in Infancy and Early Childhood Caries”
  • Zaher Jabbour, DMD, MSc, PhD – University of California at LA, School of Dentistry. “Does therapeutic silver remain in carious lesions treated with silver diamine fluoride and potassium iodide? And does it affect the bonding strength of restorative materials?”

After being reviewed by an independent group of senior dental researchers, these proposals were selected based on their innovation, clinical significance, originality, and their scientific quality, according to a press release from Colgate.

The CARE Program was established in 2016 in order to provide funding to young academic researchers. In order to be eligible, applicants need to be in their first five years of an academic appointment.

To learn more about the program, visit the website here.

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