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Colgate® Announces Recipients of the Colgate Award for Research Excellence (CARE)

March 29, 2021
by Colgate-Palmolive Company

Colgate is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Colgate Award for Research Excellence (CARE). The CARE Program recognizes a new generation of academic researchers by providing up to $30,000 USD (per project) to support oral health research projects across multiple disciplines.

The five junior faculty members chosen to receive this year’s awards 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?”

Proposals were reviewed by an independent, esteemed group of senior academic dental researchers. Winners were selected based on program criteria, which included innovation, clinical significance, originality, and scientific quality. CARE grants are typically offered for periods of 12 months.

“The CARE Program fosters the development of junior faculty by providing seed research funding to emerging leaders in academia at a time in their career path when it is most needed,” said Maria Ryan, Vice President and Chief Dental Officer, Global Technology at Colgate. “Every year, we look forward to meeting and supporting talented researchers in the early stages of their careers. We are pleased to fund innovative projects that promise to advance industry knowledge and perhaps even revolutionize the field of dentistry. On behalf of Colgate, sincere congratulations to the winners of this year’s grant awards.”

Established in 2016, the Colgate CARE Program is designed to foster and provide financial support to young academic researchers. In order to be eligible for the Colgate CARE grant, faculty applicants must be in the first five years of an academic appointment.

For more information about the Colgate CARE Program for Young Academic Researchers and application guidelines, or visit http://www.colgateprofessional.com/care-program (USA) or

www.colgateprofessional.ca/en-ca/care-program (Canada).


Colgate-Palmolive Company is a caring, innovative growth company reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets, and our planet. Focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, the Company sells its products in more than 200 countries and territories under brands, such as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, hello, meridol, Sorriso, Tom’s of Maine, EltaMD, Filorga, Irish Spring, PCA Skin, Protex, Sanex, Softsoap, Speed Stick, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet. The Company is recognized for its leadership and innovation in promoting environmental sustainability and community well-being, including its achievements in saving water, reducing waste, promoting recyclability, and improving

children’s oral health through its Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program, which has reached more than one billion children since 1991. For more information about Colgate’s global business and how the Company is building a future to smile about, visit www.colgatepalmolive.com. CL-C