Foundation Nakao for Worldwide Oral Health to Launch New Round of Research Grant Applications on September 21, 2022

Mrs. Makiko Nakao, President of Foundation Nakao (left), and Mr. Makoto Nakao, former Chairman of GC Corporation (right)
Mrs. Makiko Nakao, President of Foundation Nakao (left), and Mr. Makoto Nakao, former Chairman of GC Corporation (right)

Dental academics and clinicians alike are invited to apply for a research grant from Foundation Nakao for Worldwide Oral Health beginning on September 21, 2022. This is the fourth round of funding made available by the prestigious organization since its founding in 2018. Foundation Nakao supports clinical trials and research in important topics such as minimum intervention dentistry and oral health of the elderly.

Successful applications will receive funding for their projects, up to CHF 50,000 (»$52,000 USD) per year in addition to wide exposure among dental professionals, the greater dental industry, as well as the general public of each study’s outcomes and achievements. Foundation Nakao will provide funds for up to two years for a maximum grant total of CHF 100,0000 (»$104,000 USD). If the project budget is over CHF 50,000 in two years, the applicant will need to submit applications for the second year as well.

Applications will be open until December 4, 2022, via the application form on the Nakao Foundation website, here:

Advancing Oral Health Research
Foundation Nakao for Worldwide Oral Health’s third round of grant applications took place in September 2022 and six studies were awarded the research grant out of a vast number of submissions. Applicants represent the following categories: government and non-government organizations, universities, research institutions, and more.

Foundation Nakao supports academic research and clinical studies contributing to its founding goal, which is the improvement of oral health and subsequent raised quality of life of all people in the world. Key oral health research areas that address Minimum Intervention Dentistry, Oral Health in Ageing Populations and the 8020 movement, Tooth Function, the prevention of Oral Frailty and Dental IQ.

“The inspiration for the Foundation came from a topic that is very close to our hearts: the impact of oral health on quality of life. My husband and I believe that dentistry has a fundamental role to play in the health and longevity of people around the world. We look forward to seeing this becoming a reality through the activities of the Foundation,” said Makiko Nakao, President of Foundation Nakao for Worldwide Oral Health at its official launch in 2018.

About the Nakao Foundation

On September 21, 2018, Foundation Nakao for Worldwide Oral Health was established in Luzern, Switzerland. This was made possible by Mr. Makoto Nakao, former Chairman of GC Corporation, who after 42 years at the helm of the company donated his privately-owned company shares to support this noble initiative.

The management board of Foundation Nakao boasts a team of distinguished dental professionals from four continents: Europe, America, Australia, and Asia. They are Professor Reinhart Hickel, Professor Clark Stanford, Professor Marco Ferrari, Professor Eric Reynolds, Professor Keiichi Sasaki and Dr Kiyotaka Nakao.

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