ITI award

June 15, 2011
Nikola Saulacic earns the André Schroeder Research Prize 2011.

BASEL, Switzerland--The International Team for Implantology, a leading academic organization dedicated to the promotion of evidence-based education and research in implant dentistry, has announced that the 16th André Schroeder Research prize has been awarded to Dr. Nikola Saulacic.

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Saulacic is a PhD dentist, oral surgeon and researcher at the University of Bern, Switzerland. ITI President Professor Dr. Daniel Buser presented the prize June 11, 2011, at the ITI Congress Benelux in Amsterdam.

Dr. Saulacic, 42, was selected by the ITI Research Committee in an anonymous evaluation process for his experimental study on "Bone apposition to a titanium-zirconium alloy implant surface."

The winning research aimed at determining the early healing events of titanium-zirconium implants in comparison with titanium implants, both with a modified sand-blasted and acid etched surface and an implant material with additional strength (Ti6Al4V).

The study concluded that TiZr implants showed comparably fast early osseointegration as Ti implants. The mechanical properties of TiZr, together with the observed fast osseointegration, support the use of TiZr implants for challenging clinical situations where implants with a reduced diameter are indicated.

Dr. Saulacic graduated as a DDS in 1995 from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, where he also obtained his Master of Science degree and Certificate of Specialization in oral surgery. From 2003 to 2004, he was an ITI Scholar at the Clinic for Oral Surgery, University of Bonn, Germany.

He received his European PhD from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in 2005. Since 2007, he has been working at the Department of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital of Bern, and since 2009, also at the Department of Oral Surgery and Stomatology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Bern. His main fields of research are implant dentistry and bone regeneration.

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