September 27, 2017

Prosthodontics students take honors in research competition

Dr.  Michele Buda and Dr. Konstantina Angelara, recently graduated residents in the School of Dentistry’s Graduate Prosthodontics program, have won first and third place respectively in the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics’ annual Tylman Award competition.

Dr. Michele Buda

Dr. Michele Buda

Dr. Buda won top honors for his study titled “Accuracy of 3D CAM manufactured single-tooth implant master casts,” while Dr. Angelara placed third for her study titled “Comparison of strength of milled and conventionally processed PMMA full arch implant immediate provisional fixed dental prostheses.”

The Tylman Awards are presented for outstanding postdoctoral student research in fixed prosthodontics supported by grants issued by the academy in its Stanley D. Tylman Research Program. Up to four of the $4,000 grants are awarded each year to full-time students enrolled in U.S. or Canadian postdoctoral programs who are conducting research in fixed prosthodontics. This is the dental specialty devoted to  permanently attached prostheses, including crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, and veneers. These are also known as indirect restorations.

Dr. Konstantina Angelara

Dr. Konstantina Angelara

Drs. Buda and Angelara, who completed their residencies in June, will be recognized and will give poster presentations on their research at the academy’s annual meeting in Chicago in February 2018.

“I’m extremely proud of these outstanding students,” said Dr. John Sorensen, the faculty member who oversaw the Tylman entries. He noted that the new awards continue a string of strong UW performances in the Tylman competition. Dr. Amand Putra placed second last year and Dr. Manuel Bratos placed third, while Graduate Prosthodontics residents also received awards in the two previous years.

Program residents have also won grants and research competitions from the Pacific Coast Society of Prosthodontists and the Academy of Prosthodontics, Dr. Sorensen also noted.

“Congratulations to Dr. Buda and Dr. Angelara for their excellent work, and to Dr. Van Ramos, our Graduate Prosthodontics program chair,” said Dean Joel Berg. “I especially want to recognize the extraordinary efforts of Dr. Sorensen, who has done so much to bolster the program’s research component and for his mentorship of these students.”