More recognition for developing alternatives to root canal dental treatment

17 May 2017 17:30:55.120

Dr Adam Celiz, a Marie Curie Fellow in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham, has received yet more recognition for his innovative development of biomaterials for dental treatments. He has been awarded the Larry Hench Young Investigators Prize by the UK Society for Biomaterials (UKSB) for developing dental alternatives to root canal treatment.

Dr Celiz, who is working on regenerative polymers for dentistry, was singled out for a Royal Society of Chemistry prize in the emerging technologies materials category last year. It is hoped these new biomaterials will stimulate stem cells to repair and regenerate dentin. 

Larry Hench Young Investigators Prize is a £500 prize to a promising young research scientist in recognition of outstanding and innovative contributions in a selected field of biomaterials research.

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In 2014 Dr Celiz was awarded a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship to build his own research program at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University with Professor David Mooney. This included a return phase to work with Professor Morgan Alexander who leads the biomaterials discovery research team at the University of Nottingham.

This month Dr Celiz also won first prize in the ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ category of the 2017 Marie Curie Awards.

In August 2017 he joins Imperial College London as a lecturer. He will be starting up his own independent research group in Imperial’s School of Bioengineering. He will continue to collaborate with the team in Nottingham.

Dr Celiz said: “The Marie Curie Fellowship has allowed me the opportunity to work with world-leading scientists and develop my own independent future research program in regenerative dentistry”

Professor Alexander said: “Adam’s Marie Curie fellowship has been a great success, showing his great promise as a researcher and the power of international mobility scholarships in training outstanding scientists.”

Larry Hench, inventor of bioglass – the first synthetic material that bonds to living tissues - died last December aged 77.

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