With the support of the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), the Australian Dental Research Foundation (ADRF) has awarded the 2012 ADIA Research Grant to Associate Professor Hans Zoellner from University of Sydney. The grant supports search into the relationship of malignant cancer cells and those of healthy gingival structural tissue (fibroblasts). The findings of the research originated from earlier work studying aspects of oral cancer.
The grant, founded by ADIA, is awarded each year to the primary applicant for the highest-ranked research project of those considered by ADRF.
“We have recently observed that cancer cells exchange cellular material with fibroblasts, and the resulting cancer cell diversity may help cancer cells evade chemotherapy.”
“This type of research is important as it leads to new products and pharmaceuticals used in dentistry. ADIA is pleased to support researchers such as Professor Zoellner as we are keen to foster the development of new products in Australia, and this grant is one small step in securing that outcome.”
The Australian Dental Research Foundation is jointly supported by ADIA and the Australian Dental Association (ADA) for the purpose of sponsoring dental research towards the dental health of the people of Australia.