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Deadline: January 17, 2022

The Geriatric Oral Research Group (GORG) offers awards that aim to foster research in geriatric oral health among investigators:

The IADR GORG Award for Junior Investigators 

The IADR GORG Award Poster Competition invites junior investigators to apply according to the criteria below.

The Jonathan Ship Award is reserved for dental student candidates.

The IADR GORG Pre-doctoral Award supported by GC Corporation is reserved for candidates with a clinical doctoral level degree, DDS, DMD, BDS, MD (or equivalent).

The IADR GORG Post-doctoral Award supported by GC Corporation is reserved for those in pursuit of, or already have, a research doctorate, PhD, and may already have a DDS, BDS, MD, or DMD (or equivalent). Those individuals who are university faculty members must be instructors or assistant professors (or equivalent junior faculty rank) or in a post-doctoral position.


Eligibility, Selection, and Application for all Awards



  • Applicants must have conducted their own original research in geriatric oral health, and they must submit their research findings as an abstract for poster presentation at the IADR GORG Awards GORG session at the IADR meeting in the year of application.
  • In submitting their abstract for the IADR GORG Awards Poster Session, applicants must abide by the conditions specified by IADR, including the requirement to present the poster in person at the applicable meeting.
  • For abstracts with multiple authors, the applicant need not necessarily be listed as the first author, but must be the presenting author.
  • No person may receive two IADR awards at the same meeting.
  • Applicants may be IADR members or non-members.
  • Applicants are not eligible to win any Morita Award more than two times in a five-year period.



A judging panel appointed by the Awards Committee Chair will evaluate each applicant's research based on information presented in the abstract submitted for the IADR meeting, an additional extended abstract describing the research in greater detail, and the presentation by the applicant at the meeting. Each award includes a monetary prize and a certificate. The award recipients will be announced at the GORG Annual Business Meeting held during the IADR General Session. All award candidates are strongly encouraged to attend the business meeting.

The panel will use the following criteria:

  • Importance of the research question: Does the research address basic mechanisms of aging, occurrence of disease or disorders in the aged, and/or prevention and treatment of those diseases or disorders?
  • Originality and scientific design of the investigation: Is the research new, and is the design of the research appropriate to address the research questions?
  • Appropriateness of methods and analysis: Does the research use appropriate experimental methods and analytic techniques?
  • Soundness of conclusions: Are there appropriate interpretations of the results, and do conclusions relate clearly to the research questions?



When completing the abstract form for the IADR General Session, applicants for the IADR GORG Awards should 1) indicate their student status; 2) indicate their intent to compete for the IADR Geriatric Oral Research Awards - in poster format only; and, 3) request review by the Geriatric Oral Research Group as a potential candidate for the IADR GORG awards and contacted by the Chair of the Awards Committee after the closing date for submission of abstracts, for the upcoming General Session - deadline of January 17, 2021, inviting them to submit additional documents.


Additional information about the awards can be obtained from Dr. Bei Wu, Ph.D., New York University at or +1.212.992.5951.


Past Recipients:

2018 Recipients: 

The J. Morita Post-doctoral Award
1st prize: Ding-Han Wang (National Yang-Ming University)
2nd prize: Martina Hayes (University College Cork)
The J. Morita Pre-doctoral Award
1st prize: Stefanie Krausch-Hofmann (KU Leuven)
2nd prize: Kumi Igarashi (Nippon Dental University)
The Jonathan Ship Award (for dental student candidates)
1st prize: Madeline Jun-Yu Yon (The University of Hong Kong

2017 Recipients:

The Jonathan Ship Award:
Hillary Strassner
The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, USA
Patients with Parkinson’s Disease: Progression of Dysphagia and Oral Health

The J. Morita Pre-doctoral Category First Prize:
Sabrina Maniewicz
University Clinics of Dental Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Cognitive Function Following Implant Placement in Functionally Dependent Elderly Edentates

The J. Morita Post-doctoral Category First Prize:
Zhe Zhong
Loma Linda University, USA
Responses of Mouse Mandible to Calcium Deficiency at Different Ages

The J. Morita Post-doctoral Category First Prize:
Aline Macarevich Condessa
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
User Satisfaction with Public and Private Dental Services among Elders

2016 Recipients:

The J. Morita Pre-doctoral Category First Prize:
Shermila Ann Sherry
Saveetha Dental College & Hospital, Chennai, India
Efficacy of Mandibular Advancement Device in Completely Edentulous Geriatric Patients With Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The J. Morita Post-doctoral Category First Prize:
Kenji Takeuchi
Faculty of Dental Science, Kyushu University, Fukuoka-ken, Japan
Posterior Teeth Occlusion and Functional Dependence Among Japanese Older Adults

The J. Morita Post-doctoral Category First Prize:
Sunyoung Ma
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Clinical Success of Mandibular Single-Implant Overdentures: 5-Year RCT Results


2015 Recipients:

The J. Morita Pre-doctoral Category First Prize:
Myrna Zakaria
Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
Oral Mycobiome in Japanese Elderly Adults

The J. Morita Post-doctoral Category First Prize:
Martin Schimmel
University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Validation of a New Colourimetric Technique to Assess Chewing Efficiency

The Jonathan Ship Award:
Sarah Arafat
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry, Houston, Texas
Oral Health Care Needs Assessment in Patients with Movement Disorders

2014 Recipients:

The Jonathan Ship Award
Dental Student Category:  Q.A. Aminu
Oral health status of institutionalized and homebound elderly

The J. Morita Award
Pre-doctoral Category First Prize:  Yusuke Mihara
Association of salivary flow rate with dietary intakes in elderly
Pre-doctoral Category Second Prize:  Xiangqun Ju
Systemic diseases predict periodontal attachment loss progression: A longitudinal study

Post-doctoral Category First Prize:  Gerald McKenna
Caries incidence following tooth replacement for partially dentate elders
Post-doctoral Category Second Prize:  Thais Goncalves
Fixed and removable implant-supported partial dentures: Mastication and nutritional assessment

2013 Recipients:
Pre-doctoral Category; First Prize: Yuko Kurushima
"Genetic and Environmental Influnces on Oral Condition among Elder Twins"
Pre-doctoral Category; SecondPrize: Fanny Elsig
"Tooth Loss in Geriatric Patients: a Risk for Cognitive Impairment?"

Post-doctoral Category; First Prize: Xi Chen
"Dental Care Pattern in Older Adults at the End-of-Life"
Post-doctoral Category; Second Prize: Slivia Siqueira
"Oral Infections and Orofacial Pain in Alzheimer's Disease: a Case-Control Study"

2012 Recipients:
Post-doctoral Category; First Prize: Toshinobu Hirotomi, Niigata University, Japan
"Number of teeth and 5-year mortality in an elderly population"
Post-doctoral Category; First Prize: Laura B. Kaufman, Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
"Centenarian Offspring: Oral Health Outcomes Reflect Systemic Health" 
Post-doctoral Category; Second Prize: Taiji Ogawa, Osaka University, Japan
"Poor oral condition promotes harboring salivary pneumococcus in elderly"

2011 Recipients:
Pre-doctoral Category; First Prize: Gert-Jan van der Putten
Post-doctoral Category; First Prize: Noriko Hiraishi
Post-doctoral Category; Second Prize: Melissa Adiatman

2010 Recipients:
Pre-doctoral Category; First Prize: Leeann Donnelly
Pre-doctoral Category; Second Prize: Gert-Jan Van der Putten

Post-doctoral Category; First Prize: Matthew Hopcraft
Post-doctoral Category; Second Prize: Nur Mohammad Monsur Hassan

Jonathan Ship Award
Rosa Moreno-Lopez