Colgate CARE Program

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


New York, New York (March 7, 2019) – 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 four junior faculty members chosen to receive this year’s awards are:

  • Abdelhabibe Semlali, MS, PhD —Laval University, Faculty of Dentistry, Quebec, Canada. Research Topic: “Investigation of a Curcumin Analog (PAC) for oral diseases treatment.”
  • Annie Shrestha, BDS, MSc, PhD, FRCD (C) —University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry, Ontario, Canada. Research Topic: “Injectable, Thermosensitive Scaffolds Modulate Immune Cells and Regulates Healing.”
  • Brian Partido, MSDH, BSDH —Ohio State University, College of Dentistry, Columbus, Ohio. Research Topic: “Impact of peri-implant treatment using glycine powder air-abrasive debridement on the oral microbiome.”
  • Keith DaSilva, DDS, MSc, FRCD (C) —University of Saskatchewan, College of Dentistry, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Research Topic: “Developing a multi-disciplinary and integrated approach to improve oral health for vulnerable children in Saskatoon.”

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.



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The Colgate Award for Research Excellence is a 1-year research grant to foster first-time-in-career academic oral health or dental researchers. The goal of this program is to advance oral healthcare therapies in the realm of basic science, translational science, and clinical care.