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The Karring – Nyman SUNSTAR Award, sponsored by the Sunstar Foundation, was a new award offered for the first time in 2017 through the IADR Periodontal Research Group.

The Karring – Nyman SUNSTAR Award aims at supporting research within the field of oral tissue regeneration. The award consisting of 10,000 Euro, will be conferred on an annual basis and in a competitive way, based on an application for a research project within the field of oral tissue regeneration.

DEADLINE: March 1, 2020

The objective is to provide funding primarily, but not exclusively, for a doctoral student or post-doctoral scientist (within 24 months of successful completion of a Ph.D. at the time of the submission deadline) to pursue research within the field of oral tissue regeneration. The applicant must be student or full-member of the IADR Periodontal Research Group (PRG) at the time of submission deadline. There is no age restriction, but candidates less than 45 years will be favored. Further, preference will be given to projects involving collaborative research, where the recipient is spending time in another laboratory – preferably in another country – in connection with the specific project. The project may involve basic, pre-clinical in-vivo, or clinical research, but projects with a clear translational or clinical component will be favored. Occasionally, a priority topic will be announced and only projects related to this will be eligible for evaluation.

The award will be presented during the annual business meeting of the PRG, held during the General Session & Exhibition of the IADR. The amount of the grant is for consumables and/or travel and lodging, but not for salary compensation or institutional overheads.


Application procedure

  1. A research protocol (max 4, A4 pages, font size 12) including the following
    -an abstract (max 500 words) to allow initial screening
    -a brief but concise background to the proposed research project
    -clear aims and objectives
    -concise description of the methods, including sample size/power estimates, and statistics
    -max 20 references (not included in the 4 pages)
    -rough budget allocation
  2. A CV (max 2 pages) and a personal statement on how the Award will benefit the applicant (max 1 page), including the applicant’s IADR membership number.
  3. A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s Department Head or Dean, who should be a member of the IADR PRG, including a statement that the applicant will be allowed to spend time at the proposed laboratory.
  4. A letter of agreement from any proposed collaborating center, clearly stating that the equipment and resources needed for the specific project will be provided.



Applications should be submitted electronically to Professor Andreas Stavropoulos, Dept. of Periodontology, Faculty of Odontology, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden. (, and marked clearly with email subject heading: Reg. the Karring – Nyman Sunstar Award.

Applications exceeding the word limit or page limit, or missing any of the above-mentioned documents will not be considered.

The judging panel will comprise from to 2 to 5 members of the PRG group with expertise in oral tissue regeneration. No panel member should have any conflict of interest regarding the proposed project. The main judging criteria will be importance and scientific quality of the project, and executability within a 12-month period.

The project with the highest total rank score of the judges (1st = 4, 2nd =3, 3rd =2, 4th =1) will be the winner. In the case of a tie, the project with the greatest number of first rank scores will be the winner. If there remains a tie, the Panels’ Chair will make the final decision. The decision will be final and not open to appeal. The PRG reserves the right to withhold an award.

Previous winners are allowed to re-apply, but preference will be given to new applicants.

In accordance to the IADR Corporate Sponsorship Policy, no corporate representatives may participate in the scientific review process of the award, and the award is not tied in any way to past, present, or anticipated business generated with the corporate sponsor, that would lead to direct measurable financial benefit to the corporate sponsor in exchange for the receipt of funding support.

Funding & Reporting

Funding will be provided in the form of a check or a wire-transfer to the winner’s institution or the host laboratory. The project should commence, at the latest, 6 months from the announcement of the winner of the award at the annual business meeting of the PRG, held during the General Session & Exhibition of the IADR.

The winner of the award must submit a short report of the conducted project, including any results achieved, at the latest 14 months after commencing of the project.

The winner of the award must submit an abstract for presenting results achieved through the project supported by the award at the General Session & Exhibition of the IADR latest 2 years after the award is conferred, i.e. for the first time, latest for the IADR 202 3. The winner should inform the PRG about the submission and also on the acceptance of the abstract.

The winner must acknowledge the award in any publications (including abstracts) related to the project, with the following sentence:

“This project was partly financed through the IADR / KARRING – NYMAN SUNSTAR AWARD, supported by the Sunstar Foundation”

The winner must inform PRG about any publications (including any published abstracts) related to the project.


December 31, 2020



For further information concerning this award, please contact:
Dr. Andreas Stavropoulos, DDS, Ph.D., Odont. Dr.
Past - President of the IADR Periodontal Research Group 2015-2016
Professor & Chair
Dept. of Periodontology
Faculty of Odontology
Malmö University
Carl Gustafs väg 34
SE-205 06 Malmö, Sweden


Past Recipients

Benjamin Bellon
University of Zürich, Switzerland
Does OsStic enhance bone regeneration in bone defects with non-supportive anatomy? A study using the critical-size-defect in the rat calvarium.

Nagy Pál
Semmelweis University, Hungary
“Comparison of the guided tissue regeneration procedure alone and in combination with early orthodontic tooth movement in the treatment of non-containing and wide intrabony periodontal defects: a prospective, randomized controlled clinical study”.

Peter Harisson
Trinity Dental College, Dublin, Ireland
“L-PRF vs. L-PRF Block in periodontal regeneration of 2- and 3-walled intrabony defects”.

Siddhart Shanbhag
Department of Clinical Dentistry, Centre for Clinical Dental Research, University of Bergen, Norway
“Three-dimensional cultures of periodontal progenitor cells for tissue engineering applications”.

Dan Clark
DDS, PhD, a postdoctoral scholar at the UCSF (University of California, San Francisco), School of Dentistry
"Preclinical in vivo study to test the hypothesis that age-related changes to macrophages negatively affect bone regeneration, and bone regeneration can be improved by limiting the activity of pro-inflammatory macrophages and promoting the activity of anti-inflammatory macrophages."