Eklund Foundation 2022 Grants

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Eklund Foundation announces 2022 grant recipients

The Eklund Foundation for Odontological Research and Education has announced the two projects receiving this year’s funding. This will be the seventh year in a row that the Foundation has been supporting dental research projects.

The two chosen projects, which are to be conducted at University of Ferrara, Italy, and University of L'Aquila, also in Italy, will together receive funding amounting to €226,800.

Joel Eklund, Chairman of the Board, Eklund Foundation, said: “Based on the fact that patient compliance and oral home care are critical for successful periodontal treatment, we are delighted to support these highly clinically relevant studies.”

The Eklund family, owners of TePe Oral Hygiene products, created the Eklund Foundation to celebrate their long-standing relationship with the professional dental community. Since 2016, the foundation has distributed up to €240,000 annually, supporting odontological research worldwide.

The Eklund Foundation has decided to award grants to the following projects:

Efficacy of periodontal risk communication on awareness and propensity to undergo the suggested treatments in patients with and without history of tooth loss due to periodontitis

Main applicant: Roberto Farina, Associate Professor and Dean, School of Dental Hygiene, University of Ferrara, Italy
Co-applicant: Anna Simonelli, Adjunct Professor of Periodontology, School of Dentistry, University of Ferrara, Italy
Supervisor: Leonardo Trombelli, Full Professor and Dean, Section of Dentistry, University of Ferrara, Italy

Funding: €90,000

Motivation: “Highlighting the importance of communication to enhance patient compliance and understanding, this study has the potential to positively influence periodontal treatment in practice.”

Personal home oral care to enhance blood pressure control (PROMOTE-BP)

Main applicant: Rita Del Pinto, Md PhD, Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine, University of L'Aquila, Italy
Co-applicant: Davide Pietropaoli, DDS PhD, Assistant Professor in Applied medical technology and methodology, University of L'Aquila, Italy
Supervisors: Mario Giannoni, MD, DDS MSc – Full Professor, Director of Dental Clinic; Degree Programme Director in Dental Hygiene, University of L'Aquila, Italy
Claudio Ferri, MD, MSc – Full Professor – Director of Internal Medicine and Nephology, Director of Center for Hypertension and Cardiovascular Prevention (Certified by European Society of Hypertension); Past-President of the Italian Society of Hypertension (SIIA.it), University of L'Aquila, Italy

Funding: €136,800

Motivation: “As hypertension is a globally widespread problem where medical treatment does not always have the desired result, investigating the role of oral hygiene in relation to systemic effects is highly valuable.”

More information on previous grant recipients and their studies can be found at www.eklundfoundation.org. The next application period starts in spring 2023.