AAP Grants


The AAP’s SUNSTAR Innovation grant supports member research that aims to identify novel and innovative evidence-based periodontal treatment approaches to enhance patient care.

Over three years, the $250,000 grant program will be divided among six winning principal investigators, who will be invited to present their research at a future Annual Meeting. Grant applications must address the following objectives:

  • Innovative treatments and research that serves to alleviate the high burden of periodontitis on the U.S. population
  • Interdisciplinary team approaches to treating patients with periodontal disease that focus efforts on preserving the patient’s natural dentition, particularly among patients at risk
  • Novel approaches to achieve patient compliance with oral hygiene instruction/treatment plans using modern, evidence-based diagnostics and modern patient education tools during and between dental visits

Applications for the 2019 SUNSTAR Innovation Grant are now closed.

For more information contact Stephanie Heffner, scientific affairs & policy senior manager, at stephanie@perio.org.

2019 SUNSTAR Innovation Grant Recipients

Hsun-Liang (Albert> Chan, DDS, MS
Kevin M. Byrd, DDS, PhD
An Atlas of Experimental Gingivitis in Humans at Single Cell Resolution
Jeff CW Wang, DDS
Maria L. Geisinger, DDS, MS
Development of Multimedia Educational Materials for Caregivers to Enable Optimal Oral Hygiene Provisions for Patients with Dementia
Jeff CW Wang, DDS
Chun-Teh Lee, DDS, MS, DMSc
Improving Periodontal Health through a Precision Periodontal Health Care Chart

2018 SUNSTAR Innovation Grant Recipients

Hsun-Liang (Albert> Chan, DDS, MS
Hsun-Liang (Albert) Chan, DDS, MS
In-Situ Evaluation of Periodontal Inflammation with Ultrasonography
Jeff CW Wang, DDS
Jeff CW Wang, DDS, DMSc
Development of Patient-Friendly Oral Health Report with Customized Oral Hygiene Instructional Video for Enhanced Patient Education Modalities

2017 SUNSTAR Innovation Grant Recipient

Yvonne Kapila, DDS, PhD
Natural Bacteriocins as Pre/Pro-Biotics to Promote Oral Health and Prevent Periodontal Disease

Thank you to SUNSTAR for their generous support of this program.

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