André Schroeder Research Prize 2019 goes to Prof. Dr. Vivianne Chappuis and PD Dr. Daniel Thoma
March 26, 2019

André Schroeder Research Prize 2019 goes to Prof. Dr. Vivianne Chappuis and PD Dr. Daniel Thoma

March 23 will remain a day of high emotion for Prof. Dr. Vivianne Chappuis and PD Dr. Daniel Thoma, both from Switzerland, who were awarded the prestigious André Schroeder Research Prize for their research in the field of implant dentistry. ITI President Stephen Chen presented the award during the ITI Congress Iberia in Porto, Portugal. Both winners received 10,000 Swiss francs each as well as an engraved gold medallion.

Prof. Dr. Vivianne Chappuis, together with her immediate co-authors Laura Maestre, Alexander Bürki, Sébastien Barré, Daniel Buser, Philippe Zysset and Dieter Bosshardt, received the André Schroeder Research Prize for Preclinical Research for her study entitled Osseointegration of ultrafine-grained titanium with a hydrophilic nano-patterned surface: an in vivo examination in miniature pigs. “My goal in preclinical research is to transfer knowledge from basic science into predictable clinical treatment concepts to solve important clinical challenges,” said Prof. Dr. Chappuis when asked why she had picked this topic. Her aim is to offer patients less invasive surgical procedures with faster healing times and less morbidity.

“Winning the André Schroeder Prize will further inspire our interdisciplinary team at the University of Bern along with our international collaborations to devote ourselves with even greater enthusiasm to cutting-edge research and education. Our ultimate goal is to bring treatment concepts to the next level and to assure state-of-the-art treatment in implant dentistry for patients over the long term. I think Prof. A. Schroeder would have been proud to see how the seed he planted in 1980 with the foundation of the ITI has developed. The ITI is a true power house of education and winning this award means a lot to me” said the happy winner.

This year’s André Schroeder Research Prize for Clinical Research went to PD Dr. Daniel Thoma for his study entitled Randomized, controlled clinical two-centre study using xenogeneic block grafts loaded with recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 or autogenous bone blocks for lateral ridge augmentation.With the patient at the center of their clinical study, PD Dr. Daniel Thoma and his co-authorsMichael Payer, Norbert Jakse, Stefan P. Bienz, Jürg Hüsler, Patrick R. Schmidlin, Ui-Won Jung, Christoph H.F. Hämmerle and Ronald E. Jung, put their efforts into developing an alternative option to autogenous grafts, which often result in increased morbidity.

“For years, we have focused on hard tissue regenerative procedures, applying various biologic mediators and bone substitute materials. Finally, we were able to get support for the first RCT applying the most promising material and growth factor combination for lateral ridge augmentation,” explained PD Dr. Thoma. The study’s result shows that the new combination of a growth factor and a biomaterial resulted in the same increase in ridge width. Moreover, implants could be placed in all patients and patient morbidity decreased as there was only one surgical site for the test group. The winner could not be happier about this prestigious prize. “I feel very proud of what we achieved as a team.”

The ITI congratulates the winners for their impressive studies and their outstanding work in the field of implant dentistry.

ITI International Team for Implantology
ITI Headquarters
Peter Merian-Strasse 88
4052 Basel
Switzerland

Phone +41 61 270 83 83
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E-Mail headquarters@iti.org 

ITI International Team for Implantology | Peter Merian-Strasse 88 | 4052 Basel | Switzerland | Phone +41 61 270 83 83 | Fax +41 61 270 83 84 | headquarters@iti.org

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