A new research award has been established by the International Academy of Periodontology (IAP) and offered through the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Periodontal Research Group (PRG). It recognizes the contributions to the field of clinical periodontal research of Ricardo Teles, former professor and former chair of Penn Dental Medicine’s department of periodontics who died in December 2017 (Almanac December 19, 2017).
The new IADR/IAP Ricardo Teles Clinical Research Award in Periodontology will be given annually to recognize a clinical research paper accepted for publication or published during the preceding year. One paper reporting the results of a clinical study will be selected in the categories of onset, progression or treatment of periodontal diseases.
The main judging criteria will be relevance/importance of the clinical research for improving knowledge about periodontal disease etiology, pathogenesis and treatment. The award will be presented during the annual business meeting of the PRG at the IADR General Session & Exhibition.
“It’s a beautiful tribute that will help perpetuate his legacy and continue to inspire clinical scientists in the field for years to come,” said Dr. Flavia Teles, associate professor, department of microbiology at Penn Dental Medicine and Dr. Teles’ wife. “I am thankful to the PRG and IAP, and to our long-time friend and collaborator Dr. Magda Feres, IAP and PRG president, who spearheaded the initiative.”
The first awards will be presented in 2019 with an application deadline of March 31, 2019. Complete submission criteria and guidelines can be found at www.iadr.org/IADR/Awards/Scientific-Group-Awards/PERIO/RT