TheraBreath acknowledges dental research grant recipients

TheraBreath acknowledged the work of the “first class” of the ADEA/TheraBreath Student Research Fellowships, congratulating five dental and hygiene students for their clinical research in the areas of xerostomia or halitosis.

TheraBreath acknowledged the work of the “first class” of the ADEA/TheraBreath Student Research Fellowships, congratulating five dental and hygiene students for their clinical research in the areas of xerostomia or halitosis. The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) presented the fellowships March 18 at the 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas.

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“TheraBreath is a company that is deeply committed to furthering scientific research in the fields of halitosis and xerostomia,” said Dr. Harold Katz, founder of the California Breath Clinics and creator and CEO of TheraBreath. “We are happy and honored to be able to help support these recipients’ interest in working in these specialty areas of oral care.”

TheraBreath recognized the following 2014 recipients:

Muntather Alameedi, University of Michigan School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Program

Alameedi, a dental hygiene student, plans explore whether clinician halitosis influences a patient's perception of professionalism and how it affects a patient's behavior and motivation to engage in oral health.

Susan Badanjak, Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene, MCPHS University

Badanjak, a master’s in dental hygiene student, plans to assess the efficacy of TheraBreath in a population with objectively documented xerostomia and concomitant halitosis using a randomized, double-blinded, crossover clinical model.

Antoinette DePetro, University of Michigan School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Program

DePetro, a dental hygiene student, plans explore whether clinician halitosis influences a patient's perception of professionalism and how it affects a patient's behavior and motivation to engage in oral health.

Luke Shaw, University of Michigan School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Program

Shaw, a dental hygiene student, plans explore whether clinician halitosis influences a patient's perception of professionalism and how it affects a patient's behavior and motivation to engage in oral health.

Cassandra Stewart, Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry

Stewart, a dental student, plans to conduct a study, entitled "The Effects of Uncontrolled Diabetes Mellitus on Xerostomia: The Role of Nitric Oxide."

Alameedi, DePetro and Shaw will collaborate as a team to conduct their research.

Created in 2013, each ADEA/TheraBreath Student Research Fellowship stipend will be paid to the student’s dental or dental hygiene school to support the student’s basic science or clinical research project in the areas of xerostomia, halitosis, or both. TheraBreath, a Los Angeles-based company, has pledged $10,000 to fund the new student research scholarships.

TheraBreath will work with the students and mentors to provide resources and research assistance throughout the course of their Fellowship and looks forward to the ongoing relationships these Fellowships have created.

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