Nanocomposite hydrogels show promise in treating bone defects

Dr. Lee and his team developed a new method of creating in-situ forming injectable hydrogels with interconnected microporous structure by incorporating naturally occurring clay nanoparticles into biopolymer chitosan. The study was published in Nature Communications. This discovery is of considerable importance in the development of the next generation of hydrogel systems that may serve as a versatile biomaterial platform for many applications, including therapeutic delivery, cell carriers, and tissue engineering. Find more info about this technology.

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Dr. Moshaverinia wins 2019 ACP Distinguished Researcher Award


Dr. Alireza Moshaverinia, Assistant Professor of Advanced Prosthodontics at UCLA School of Dentistry, is the recipient of the American College of Prosthodontics (ACP) Distinguished Researcher Award in 2019 for his tireless commitment to the specialty of prosthodontics. This prestigious award honors "individuals whose research represents a significant contribution to the literature, teaching or clinical applications of the College and/or specialty of Prosthodontics, dentistry science and health professions."  


American Dental Association (ADA) appoints Dr Shah

Dr. Kumar Shah, Clinical Professor of Prosthodontics, Director of Graduate Prosthodontics Program, and Director of iDDS Services, has been appointed by the American Dental Association (ADA) as consultant to the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA).  His expertise in prosthodontics and digital dentistry will provide CSA valuable insight on a broad range of critical scientific issues of interest to the dental profession and the public. The CSA also provides guidance to science staff in the ADA Seal of Acceptance Program, the Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, the Department of Scientific Information, the Department of Research and Standards, and the Product Evaluations Program. 


National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute funds Dr Wu’s team

Prof. Wu's team receives a four-year, $1.7 million funding from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at National Institutes of Health to develop a new generation of bioresorbable materials with sufficient strength, ductility, toughness, and biocompatibility to serve as intravascular stents, orthopedic fixation components, and maxillofacial reconstruction devices. The Co-PI's include Prof. Xiaochun Li in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Daniel Levi in Cardiology, and Prof. Chase Linsley in Bioengineering,  In this project, the team will optimize biochemical-mechanical properties, biodegradation, and biocompatibility to address the unmet clinical needs of pediatric congenital heart defects such as aortic coarctation and pulmonary artery stenosis.

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Science Day Awardees

Congratulations to all participants in the 4th Annual Advanced Prosthodontics Science Day a tremendous success.  Big thank you to all judges who made the difficult decisions for the awardees.  See you all at Science Day 2020.


Basic Science

1st Place: Giovanny  Acosta-Vélez

2nd Place: Max Zhu

3rd Place: Chase Linsley

Case Reports/Clinical Research

1st Place: Sonika Himani

2nd Place: Nuntaporn Rojanasakul

3rd Place: Crystal Lee, Reeva Mincer


Dental Materials (Clinical)

1st Place: Varisha Parikh

2nd Place: Fangming Li

 Dental Materials (Basic Science)

1st Place: Yulong Zhang

2nd Place: Mahdi Hasani

3rd Place: Andre Cataluna


UCLA keeps dental health in Special Olympics

UCLA Dentistry students, who are also members of the School’s Sports Dentistry Club and the newest Special Patient Care Club, volunteered at this year's Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games. The games were held on Saturday, June 8, at Cal State Long Beach. Students assisted clinical directors with screenings, mouth guards and #fluoride treatments, and escorted athletes to the various stations.


IADR award goes to Dr Ansari

Dr. Sahar Ansari, lecturer of prosthodontics, was awarded the Innovation in Oral Care for her research project on: “A Growth-Factor-Free Adhesive Hydrogel for Craniofacial Bone Tissue Engineering”. Repair and regeneration of craniofacial bone defects have been widely achieved with bone grafting procedures. Several disadvantages are associated with this treatment modality, making bone regeneration using mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) an advantageous alternative therapeutic option. The authors aim to engineer a novel regenerative and adhesive hydrogel based on alginate hydrogel containing gingival stem cell/whitlokite microparticles which can be used as a novel growth-factor-free treatment approach for bone tissue regeneration and osteoclast-mediated bone loss. Co-Investigator: Tara Aghaloo  

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UCLA Maxillofacial Prosthetics is a part of medical miracles

Thousands of Syrian children have lost their lives and thousands more have been severely wounded. Since 2016, Burnt Children’s Relief Foundation (BCRF) has treated twenty Syrian children in the United States, with the aid of Shriners Hospital in Galveston, Texas and Pasadena, California, along with other partners such as UCLA for nose and eyes issues. Watch FOX NEWS.


First-place prize in Special Care Dentistry

At the recent Special Care in Dentistry Association (SCDA) meeting in Atlanta, GA, Dr Varun Solanki received the first-place prize for the poster presentation. The title of the poster is “Oral Health and Occlusal Manifestations in Patients with Osteogenesis Imperfecta”. Dr. Solanki was a preceptor with GPR and has also been an AEGD ACT resident. The poster and presentation were a joint effort in working with multiple faculty and residents of the Division of Advanced Prosthodontics.

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Donations to the Center

Michael Weintraub (left, front) and Larry Witzer (right, front) from The Weintraub Family Foundation and the Johnny Carson Foundation signing golf tournament flags from the inaugural "The Jerry" Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament.  A portion of the proceeds from the event benefited the Weintraub Center and support our vital mission.      

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UCLA Dental Specialty PhD Program starts with Dr Nishimura’s leadership

Dr Nishimura was successful in obtaining a NIH support for a newly created UCLA School of Dentistry Dental Specialty and Ph.D. Program (UCLA DSPP) (K12). UCLA Dental Specialty PhD Program (UCLA DSPP) is a new career development program for a small but selected group of dentists who pursue the dual training in dental specialty clinical training and rigorous scientific research training leading to the specialty certificate and PhD degree.  UCLA DSPP Scholars are expected to take the leadership role in advancing patient-oriented challenges facing the current and future of dentistry. Contact with Dr Nishimura ( or Ms. Sandra Perez (, K12 Program Coordinator, or go to the School Website or download the description, for more information.


Congratulations on 35 year anniversary of outstanding service (Victoria Sandoval, Management Service Officer of the Division and Weintraub Center)

Dean Krebsbach appreciates dedicated 35 years of service by Victoria Sandoval.


Annual Science Day

Annual Science Day of the Division of Advanced Prosthodontics and Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology was successfully carried out on June 1, 2018 at UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center. The meeting this year was featured particularly as as a memorial event for Dr Kratochvil and Dr Berg to honor their great contribution to the patient care and education in prosthodontics and other fields of dentistry.


American Prosthodontic Society honors Dr Beumer

The American Prosthodontic Society (APS) has selected Dr. John Beumer III as its 2018 Golden Medallion Awardee.  The Golden Medallion Award is issued periodically to individuals whose contributions to prosthodontics have been exceptional. The award is funded by the American Prosthodontic Foundation. Dr. Beumer was acknowledged at the 90h Annual Meeting of the American Prosthodontic Society in Chicago on February 22, 2018.

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Dr. Wu to lead UCLA Dentistry’s Innovative Digital Dentistry Systems (iDDS) (2018)

Dr. Ben Wu is appointed Executive Director of UCLA School of Dentistry’s newest unit, Innovative Digital Dentistry Systems (iDDS), to addresses one of the four major imperatives of the School’s strategic plan. To fulfill its core mission to lead a digital transformation in dental education and oral health care through creativity, innovation, and research, iDDS will:

•Implement best-in-class digital architecture across the School to provide access to and to integrate patient care across all disciplines;

•Leverage interdepartmental support and employ digital technologies to transform the School's educational content and delivery;

•Stimulate and support research and innovation from the ground-up to transform dental education and health care. 

Leveraging on the renowned innovative energy and the world class digital equipment in the Division of Advanced Prosthodontics and the Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechlonogy, iDDS will distinguish the School from competing digital centers by driving impactful innovations through creative and bold research and development.

DDS will also play an important role in the School’s imperative to deliver person-centered care in a digitally integrated health care delivery system in Westwood, local communities, and beyond. The innovation created by iDDS will enable us to rapidly expand collaborations among academia, the dental community, and industry to diversify the School's patient care, education, and research portfolio, in synergy with the School’s vision to lead and transform how dentistry is taught and practiced.


Harvard honors Dr Nishimura

Harvard School of Dental Medicine awarded Dr Nishimura the Distinguished DMD Alumni Award for the 25th reunion class to honor his leadership in the field of tissue engineering and wound healing, whose passion for translational research has led to advances in the treatment of facial defects. 

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Dr. Wu to lead UCLA in $12 million NIH consortium to accelerate regenerative therapies for treating craniofacial and dental defects (2017)

Tissue engineering experts at UCLA, UCSF, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, USC, and Stanford University joined forces to form a national resource hub called Center for Dental, Oral & Craniofacial Tissue & Organ Regeneration (C-DOCTOR).  Funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at NIH, C-DOCTOR aims to recruit, cultivate and translate innovative regenerative technologies to replace oral, dental and craniofacial tissues lost to congenital disorders, trauma and disease. The team will develop a comprehensive source of clinical, scientific, technical, regulatory, financial and managerial tools to promote the cost-effective, timely progression of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine products to human clinical trials.  Dr. Ben Wu serves as the UCLA Director and the C-DOCTOR Leadership Council.

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Kratochvil's Fundamentals of Removable Partial Dentures

The RPD textbook has been published by Ting-Ling Chang, Daniela Orellana, and John Beumer III. QUINTESSENCE PUBLISHING USA

In the 1960s, Professor F. J. Kratochvil recognized the importance of biomechanics in removable partial denture (RPD) design and used these principles to develop a new design philosophy. This "RPI system"—a clasp assembly consisting of a rest, a proximal plate, and an I-bar retainer—changed how clinicians approach partial denture design and is now used throughout the world. This textbook provides an overview of Kratochvil's design philosophy and the basic principles of biomechanics it is based upon. Topics include components of RPDs and their functions, design sequences for maxillary and mandibular RPDs, and techniques for surveying and determining the most advantageous treatment position. A chapter dedicated to digital design and manufacturing of RPD frameworks highlights new technology in this emerging field. Additional topics include optimizing esthetic outcomes through attachments and rotational path RPDs as well as applying the RPI system to patients with maxillofacial defects. The authors provide illustrations of clinical cases throughout the book as well as an illustrated glossary of prosthodontic terminology. This textbook will prepare students and general practitioners to design and fabricate a biomechanically sound RPD framework for just about any dental configuration they encounter.

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Service Award to Dr Sung

Dr Eric Sung received a Lawrence J. Chasko Distinguished Service Award from the Special Care Dentistry Association.

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Grant award to Dr Lee’s BMP research

Lee lab receives a five-year, $1.85 million National Institutes of Health funding to improve clinical efficacy and safety of current BMP therapeutics. Dr. Lee will collaborate with two co-investigators: Dr. Benjamin Wu, Chair and Professor of Advanced Prosthodontics; and Dr. Tara Aghaloo, Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Led by Dr. Lee, the team will develop novel osteoinductive molecular strategies that can effectively complement BMP activity to maximize biological efficiency and simultaneously minimize BMP associated adverse effects.


IADR Young Investigator Award goes to Dr Moshaverinia

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) announced Alireza Moshaverinia, University of California, Los Angeles, USA, as the 2018 recipient of the IADR Young Investigator Award. Moshaverinia was recognized at the Opening Ceremonies of the 96th General Session of the IADR, held in London Convention Center from July 25-28, 2018. Moshaverinia’s research interests include the development of novel biomaterials to deliver stem cells in vivo as a clinical approach to bone regeneration in disease states such as periodontitis and/or for bone repair following trauma. 


Dr. Wu awarded AAOF grant to study clear aligner material properties (2018)

Dr. Ben Wu, Dr. Eric Ting, and Dr. Won Moon were recipients of a 3-year grant from the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation to develop standardized characterization of clear orthodontic aligners.  As the PI, Dr. Wu will lead the team in defining the proper experimental protocols to test static and dynamic properties of clear aligners as they undergo macromolecular changes under the influences of biomechanical, biochemical, microbial, and biological challenges.  Other key members of the team include Dr. Yulong Zhang, project scientist on the project, and Dr. Fangming Li, orthodontic resident in UCLA.

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Exploring the next-generation dental implants in Ogawa Lab Team Surface

Dr Ogawa and his team in conjunction with Nantoh, Inc., Japan are conducting a research to develop zirconia dental implants. Zirconia is expected to be an alternative material to titanium because of its esthetic advantage coming from its whitish color and public demands toward metal-free tooth restoration. Dr Ogawa Lab and Nantoh developed a new zirconica surface with an unprecedented look and astounding bone bonding performance. The research is featured as a video abstract by the scientific journal International Journal of Nanomedicine.

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Funding to Dr Lee’s nanotechnolgy-assisted bone repair research

Lee lab receives over $1 million Department of Defense funding to investigate the use of smoothened agonist liposomal nanoparticles for bone repair. Dr. Lee’s group recently reported innately osteoinductive liposomal platform that actives hedgehog (Hh) signaling. This system will be useful for delivery of small molecular drugs and/or therapeutic genes for enhanced bone formation. In the current project, Dr. Lee will combine these recent breakthroughs to develop a next generation nanoparticle packaged small molecule as a bone graft substitute product to jumpstart endogenous bone repair by collaborating with researchers at the School of Medicine of Johns Hopkins University.


Dr Ogawa received a research funding to explore novel zirconia that outperforms titanium

Dr Ogawa Lab and his team challenge an unheard hypothesis that zirconia can outperforms titanium for its bone bonding capability. Zirconia is expected to be an alternative to titanium because of its esthetic advantage and increasing public awareness toward metal-free dental implant restoration. The project has been supported in funding of $280,000 from Nantoh Inc., Japan.


Making nerve cells from gum cells

A scientific paper by a team of Dr Moshaverinia Lab was honorably selected as a cover on the Advanced Health Care Materials. The paper is entitled “Human Periodontal Ligament- and Gingiva-derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells Promote Nerve Regeneration When Encapsulated in Alginate/Hyaluronic Acid 3D Scaffold” by Sahar Ansari, Ivana M. Diniz, Chider Chen, Patricia Sarrion, Ali Tamayol, Benjamin M. Wu and Alireza Moshaverinia.

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From digital dentistry to cardiology (2018)

UCLA Dentistry’s iDDS and Weintraub Center are teaming up with UCLA Health’s Division of Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiology and the Department of Radiology to create a new program in a Congenital and Structural Heart 3D Printing program that is transforming treatment for patients facing complex, time-sensitive heart surgeries. This project is made possible by the superb segmentation expertise in radiology, state-of-the art multimaterial 3d printers in dentistry, and amazing clinical expertise in cardiology.  Dr. Ben Wu directs both iDDS and Weintraub Center.

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Grant award to Dr Lee’s allograft study

LLee lab receives nearly $300,000 over three years from MTF Biologics to research hydrogel carrier systems and allograft sciences. Since 1987, MTF Biologics, the world’s largest tissue bank, has provided more than $50 million in grants to advance allograft transplantation science and biological reconstruction. Dr. Lee will identify a new strategy to improve clinical efficacy of current bone graft therapeutics for accelerated bone repair by maximizing activity of BMP signaling in conjunction with polymeric carrier systems.


AAAS names Dr Nishimura

Dr Nishimura was named as Fellow of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science, the publishing body of Science) on Feb. 17, 2018. Dr. Nishimura is being recognized for his contributions in the field of oral and craniofacial disease processes, particularly the study of rare diseases of the craniofacial complex.

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Development of orthopedic bone cement with reduced toxicity and bioinert nature in Ogawa Lab Team Surface

Team Surface led by Dr Ogawa has been working on detoxification and functionalization of bone cement materials used in orthopedic surgery. Current bone cement materials are bio-torrent but cytotoxic to a decent degree, which has not been improved in the past 60 years. The project has received a funding of $200,000 from Mitsui Chemical Inc., Japan.


Artificial Immune Cell Development: Dr Moshaverinia’s journey

Dr Moshaverinia and his team members developed synthetic T cells that mimic form, function of human version. The work has been published in the journal Advanced Materials and featured in a science news site.

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Nell-1 team wins International Space Station Innovation Award (2018)

The multidisciplinary Nell-1 orthobiologics program led by Dr. Ben Wu, Dr. Kang Ting, and Dr. Chia Soo to develop Nell-1 for treating systemic osteoporosis was awarded the 2018 International Space Station (ISS) Innovation Award in Biology and Medicine.  The ISS Innovation award was presented in 7th annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference held in San Francisco, and officially announced by the American Astronautical Society. Other key members of the team include Dr. Jinny Kwak, who managed the detailed pre- and post-launch logistics, and Dr. Yulong Zhang, a project scientist who modified the Nell-1.

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Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation names Dr Lee

Dr. Lee receives the J.R. Neff Award from MTF Biologics for his highest peer-ranked proposal. The award has been established in honor of the late orthopaedic surgeon and researcher, James R. Neff, M.D. to be a recognition of an individual whose work in the orthopaedics field embodies dedication, perseverance and intense curiosity. Dr. Lee’s award is the first for UCLA since its inception in 2006.


AO presentation award goes to Dr Ishijima

Dr. Manabu Ishijima, a postdoctoral researcher in Ogawa Lab Team Surface, received Academy of Osseointegration Oral Presentation Award for his work entitled  "Photofunctionalization-grade UV Treatment of Titanium Enhances Adhesion and Retention of Human Oral Epithelial Cells" by Ishijima M, Nakhaei K, Ikeda T, Hirota M, Ogawa T. The meeting was held  in Orlando in March 2017.


Dr Moshaverinia to receive a research funding to harness stem cells to cure gum disease

Dr. Alireza Moshaverinia was awarded nearly $200,000 in research funding from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine under their Discovery Inception program for his project "Gingival mesenchymal stem cells as a novel treatment modality for periodontal tissue regeneration” .


Vision in dental implants by Dr Ogawa

Dr Takahiro Ogawa’s scholarly and academic activities as well as his endeavor in the R & D in the field of biomaterials have been featured in a major business paper in Japan named Sankei Biz (Japanese language only).


Significant Awards, Honors, and Career Milestones


Supervisor of the Year Award goes to Ms. Vicki Sandoval (2015)

Ms Victoria Sandoval, pictured at left with Dean Park, has been with UCLA since 1983 and the School of Dentistry since 2004. Vicki helps keep the Division of Advanced Prosthodontics and the Weintraub Center running smoothly on the administrative level. She is known for her efficiency, experience, and caring heart. Her valuable contributions have been felt by many of the School’s faculty, students, and residents. Thank you to Vicki for her many years of dedication and hard work

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UCLA honors Dr Eric Sung for his outstanding teaching (2017)

Clinical Professor Ting-Ling Chang was chosen one of the Senate faculty honorees of UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. The Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes academically and professionally accomplished individuals who bring respect and admiration in teaching.

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UCLA honors Dr Ting-Ling Chang for her outstanding teaching (2016)

Clinical Professor Ting-Ling Chang was chosen one of the three Non-Senate faculty honorees of UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. The Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes academically and professionally accomplished individuals who bring respect and admiration in teaching.

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Dr. Ben Wu awarded “Paper of the Year” by Journal of Biological Engineering (2016)

Dr. Ben Wu and his PhD student Helena Chia, were awarded the 2015 Paper of the Year by the Journal of Biological Engineering, the official journal of the Institute of Biological Engineering.  The paper “Recent advances in 3D printing of biomaterials” highlights the most promising printing strategies for tissue engineering, and discusses the major technological limitations in bioink development and print-process refinement that must take place to realize the promise of advanced biomanufacturing.

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Dr. Wu awarded NIH planning grant to create resource center for regenerative dentistry (2015)

Dr. Ben Wu, an expert in biomaterials and  tissue engineering, collaborated with Stanford’s Dr. Michael Longaker, an expert in developmental biology and wound healing, were awarded a planning grant to create the “UCLA-Stanford Dental Oral Craniofacial Tissue Engineering Center”. The scientific team include renowned clinicians, bioengineers, and scientists who are leaders in their disciplines with strong track record in multidisciplinary team science and translational engineering. The team is joined by industry partners, and  experts in clinical trial design, data management and secure data communication, GMP manufacturing, FDA regulation, insurance reimbursement, and funding. The PI and Co-PI, Dr. Wu and Dr. Longaker, are both clinician-scientists with excellent track record of successful collaboration on craniofacial tissue regeneration.  

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IADR Distinguished Scientist Award to Dr Ichiro Nishimura (2004)

International Association for Dental Research (IADR) presented Professor Ichiro Nishimura the Distinguished Scientist Award in Prosthodontics and Implant Research during the annual general session held in  Honolulu, Hawaii on March 10, 2004. The award has been made for his advances in four research fields, namely, molecular mechanisms of cell differentiation, tissue engineering of normal and functional tissue of the face, biotechnology application to wound healing, and human genome bio-informatics and silico-molecular modeling. IADR Distinguished Scientist Award is considered one of the highest honors bestowed by IADR.

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IADR Distinguished Scientist Award to Dr Neal Garrett (2008)

International Association for Dental Research (IADR) presented Professor Emeritus Neal Garrett the Distinguished Scientist Award in Prosthodontics and Implant Research during the annual general session held in Toronto, ON, Canada on July 2, 2008. Dr. Garrett is being recognized for his research focus on the restoration of oral function and quality of life following tooth loss or other oral impairment in the elderly. He has established the functional efficacy of a variety of conventional denture parameters and several types of partial and complete dentures utilizing dental implants. His research involved defining the impact on mastication, muscle effort, and patient perceptions of various denture factors. IADR Distinguished Scientist Award is considered one of the highest honors bestowed by IADR.


ACP Clinician/Researcher Award to Dr Takahiro Ogawa (2011)

American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) honored Professor Takahiro Ogawa (center) for his outstanding contributions to academic dentistry and the sciences and presented a Clinician/Researcher Award during the annual general session held in Scottsdale, AZ, on November 2, 2011.

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Dr Eric Sung appointed as inaugural endowed chair holder (2015)

Dr. Eric Sung, professor and chair of the section of special patient care, has been appointed the inaugural holder of the United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles Endowed Chair in Special Patient Care at the UCLA School of Dentistry, effective September 30, 2015.

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Academy of Osseointegration (AO) Paper of the Year Award goes to Dr Takahiro Ogawa (2012)

Professor Takahiro Ogawa (center) accepts the William R. Laney Award for the best article published by his research team in IJOMI (International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants) during the Annual Session of Academy of Osseointegration held on March 1 in Phoenix, Arizona. The publication was entitled “UV photoactivation of titanium enhances osseointegration in a rat model“ by Ueno T, Yamada M, Hori N, Suzuki T, Ogawa T. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 5:287-294, 2010

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Journal of Dental Research (JDR) Paper of the Year Award goes to Dr Takahiro Ogawa (2010)

Professor Takahiro Ogawa (right) accepts the IADR/AADR William J. Gies Award in Bioengineering for the best article published in JDR (Journal of Dental Research) during the Annual Session of International Association of Dental Research (IADR) held on March, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. The publication was entitled “Ti nano-nodular  structuring for bone integration and regeneration “ by Ogawa T, Saruwatari L, Takeuchi K, Aita H, Ohno N. J Dent Res, 87:751-756, 2008


IADR Distinguished Scientist Award to Dr Takahiro Ogawa (2014)

International Association for Dental Research (IADR) presented Professor Takahiro Ogawa (right) the Distinguished Scientist Award in Prosthodontics and Implant Research during the annual general session held in Capetown, South Africa on June 25, 2014. Dr Ogawa was recognized as a pioneer in photoenergy-mediated activation of implants materials, known as photofunctionalization, as well as a significant contributor in many areas in prosthodotics, implant biological research and biomaterials science. IADR Distinguished Scientist Award is considered one of the highest honors bestowed by IADR.


 A world-largest implant association named Dr Takahiro Ogawa for the Paper of the Year Award (2015)

ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists) presented the Ralph V. McKinney, Jr Award (Paper of the Year Award) to Professor Takahiro Ogawa. The title of the publication was “Implant stability change and osseointegration speed of immediately loaded photofunctionalized implants” by Suzuki S, Kobayashi N, Ogawa T. Implant Dentistry 2013;22:481-490