SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/19/13 -- Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) today announced awards totaling $220,000 in new funding to five universities in North America and seven international universities for projects seeking to better understand orthodontic treatment with clear aligners and use of orthodontic scanners.
"We are pleased to see continued and growing interest in our research awards program -- the number of applications we received this year was substantially greater than received in previous years," said John Morton, Align Technology director of research and technology. "We are also pleased to see that the scanner research awards drew strong interest. Align recognizes that university research is fundamental and vital to improving dental and orthodontic care, and we are excited about the research to be conducted as part of these grants."
The new clear aligner therapy research award recipients in North America for 2013 are:
•Dr. Athena Papadakis, Dr. Alexander Yadegari, Dr. Sam Daher at Université de Montréal (Montreal, QC), $25,000; •Dr. Chung How Kau, Dr. Clark Browne, Assistant Professor Nada Souccar at the University of Alabama (Birmingham, AL), $25,000;
The new clear aligner therapy international research award recipients for 2013 are:
•Associate Professor Moschos A. Papadopoulos, Dr. Periklis Panos, Dr. Andreas Karamouzos at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Thessaloniki, Greece), $25,000; •Professor Giulio Rasperini, Dr. Gaia Pellegrini, Dr. Giorgio Pagni at the Università degli Studi di Milano (Milan, Italy), $25,000; •Associate Professor Alejandro Iglesias-Linares, Professor Enrique Solano-Reina, Associate Professor Rosa Maria Yanez-Vico, Dr. Beatriz Solano Mendoza, Dr. Boris Sonnenberg, Dr. Bebora Elizabeth Bueso-Madrid at the University of Seville (Seville, Spain), $25,000; •Professor Wenli Lai, Ms. Jian Fan, Mr. Zhangrui Liang, Mr. Hu Long, Mr. Junjie Xue, Mr. Niansong Ye, Ms. Xin Yang at Sichuan University (Sichuan, China), $25,000; •Professor Colman McGrath, Associate Professor Ricky Wong, Associate Professor. Balvinder Khambay at the University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR, China), $25,000; •Professor Luca Levrini, Dott. Gian Marco Abbate, Dott. Novara Francesca at the University of Insubria (Varese, Italy), $25,000
"The growth of Invisalign in the European and other international markets is a direct reflection of the investment Align is making in those markets, a key component of which is the university research program," said Dr. Mitra Derakhshan, Align Technology director of clinical international. "As a result of our focus and investment in university relationships in Europe, Australia and the emerging Asia Pacific markets, especially Hong Kong and mainland China, there is growing interest in collaborative research efforts toward improving orthodontic treatment with Invisalign."
The eight new research study proposals approved for funding in 2013 consist of a comparison of predicted tooth movement of ClinCheck® in the middle and at the end of treatment to the actual outcome; a comparison on clinical outcomes of periodontal regeneration of infrabony defect in combining orthodontic treatment after surgery; a study of pain perception; an evaluation on oral health-related quality of life among patients in orthodontic treatments; an analysis of bacteria concentration using different aligner cleaning methods; an evaluation on the duration of treatment, quality of outcomes and patient satisfaction of combined orthodontic-surgical treatment with Invisalign; a retrospective study analyzing Invisalign treatment outcomes using indices; and a study on the association of aligner therapy with the dramatic reduction in the prevalence of External Apical Root resorption secondary to orthodontic treatment.
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