The International Team for Impantology (ITI)

André Schroeder Research Prize 2018 goes to PD Dr. Chappuis and Dr. Ui-Won Jung

April 27th will remain a day of high emotion for PD Dr. Vivianne Chappuis from Bern, Switzerland and Dr. Ui-Won Jung from Seoul, Korea who were awarded the prestigious André Schroeder Research Prize for their research in the field of implant dentistry. ITI President Stephen Chen presented the award during the ITI Congress UK & Ireland in London. Both winners received 10,000 Swiss francs each as well as an engraved gold medallion.

Research Prize for Preclinical Research: Dr. Ui-Won Jung

“This is a milestone in my research career” said Dr. Jung who won the prize for preclinical research for his study entitled “Simultaneous lateral bone augmentation and implant placement using a particulated synthetic bone substitute around chronic peri-implant dehiscence defects in dogs

The objective of this study was to determine the histological outcomes when using a highly porous synthetic bone substitute and a cross-linked collagen membrane for lateral bone augmentation of peri-implant dehiscence defects. The principal finding shows that these materials used together demonstrated significantly better histological outcomes for lateral augmentation than traditional guided bone regeneration materials and are therefore a viable alternative in daily practice.

“The choice of biomaterials is very a crucial aspect for clinicians, and we wanted to give objective scientific evidence on material selection by showing the difference in bone regenerative efficacy in a standardized and clinically reproducible experimental model”, explained Dr. Won and added that he could not be happier about his and his team’s achievement:  “While this price is awarded to me, in fact it should go to my team of colleagues - Jae-Kook Cha, Fabio Vignoletti, Javier Nuñez, Javier Sanz and Mariano Sanz - without whom none of this would have been possible”.

Research Prize for Clinical Research: PD Dr. Vivianne Chappuis

This year’s André Schroeder Research Prize for Clinical Research went to PD Dr. Vivianne Chappuis for her study about Long-term effectiveness of contour augmentation using GBR- 10 year results. Together with her co-authors, Dr. Lira Rahman, Dr. Ramona Buser, Dr. Simone Janner, Prof. Urs Belser and Prof. Daniel Buser, PD Dr. V. Chappuis presented the first case series to assess the effectiveness of early implant placement with simultaneous contour augmentation through GBR using a 2-layer composite graft in aesthetic post-extraction single-tooth sites over an observation period of 10 years.

“The critical analysis of long-term outcomes is the key milestone to assure predictable treatment outcomes for our patients” explained PD Dr. V. Chappuis. “With our findings we want to assist clinicians in their decision-making process in order to enable clinicians to obtain successful results in daily practice.

For PD Dr. V. Chappuis, this award has a very special meaning: “As a researcher at the University of Bern, Prof. André Schroeder has always been a true inspiration for me in research and education in order to translate our findings form basic research into successful treatment protocols in daily clinical practice.”

The ITI congratulates the winners for their impressive studies and their outstanding work in the field of implant dentistry.