Swedish Prof. Jan T. Lindhe selected as 12th Nobel Biocare Brånemark Osseointegration Award winner
Arlington Heights, Ill., March 14, 2019 — Professor Jan T. Lindhe, former chair of the Department of Periodontology at Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden, is the 12th recipient of the Nobel Biocare Brånemark Osseointegration Award.
As announced today at the Opening Symposium of the Academy of Osseointegration’s (AO) 34th Annual Meeting, this annual award, made possible by a grant from Nobel Biocare, is bestowed by the Osseointegration Foundation (OF), AO’s philanthropic arm. It honors an individual whose contributions to implant dentistry are exemplary in any or all of the Foundation’s mission categories: research, education and charitable causes.
“It is with particular pride that I accept this award, as the late Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark was one of my first and most important teachers in biomedical research. I first met Dr. Brånemark in 1965, when I was invited to work with him in his laboratory on issues related to hormonal (estrogen, progesterone) effects on vascular proliferation and permeability during wound healing. We published several papers on this topic, research that subsequently made me qualified for the position of professor and chairman of the Department of Periodontology at the University of Göteborg. In other words, my early collaboration with PI Brånemark was of critical importance for my future professional life,” says Professor Lindhe.
Prior to the Annual Meeting, OF President Dr. Georgios E. Romanos, professor of Periodontology and Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, Stony Brook, NY, presented the award to Professor Lindhe at a special ceremony in the Brånemark Center at Göteborg University last month.
“Professor Jan Lindhe is a legend and an authority in the field of dentistry. His critical and innovative studies became milestones in periodontology and implantology. His publications have been cited many times, providing the fundamental explanation in areas such as the pathogenesis of periodontal and peri-implant diseases, the mechanisms of wound healing, the microbiota of the implant-abutment interface, and so many others. There is no doubt that Professor Jan Lindhe deserves this prestigious award, and we are proud to honor him this year for his excellence, innovation and vision in the field of implant dentistry,” says Dr. Romanos.
Professor Lindhe received his LDS degree from the Royal School of Dentistry, Malmö, Sweden. He completed graduate training in the Department of Roentgenology, Department of Oral Surgery, and Department of Periodontology at University of Lund, Sweden, where he received OD and PhD degrees in 1964. In 1983, he received his DMD degree from the School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
He was professor and chairman, Department of Periodontology, at the University of Umeå, Sweden, before his appointment to the same position at Göteborg University.
Professor Lindhe also served as dean of the School of Dentistry at Göteborg and the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He has held editorial positions on many prestigious dental journals and has received honors and recognition in many countries outside his native Sweden, including Denmark, Finland, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and United States. He is an Honorary Citizen of the City of Padova, Italy. He is an Honorary Fellow, International Team of Implantology (ITI), Honorary Member of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), and received the William J. Geis Periodontology Award. Professor Lindhe has authored more than 400 original research publications, six textbooks, and many textbook chapters.
Previous Nobel Biocare Brånemark Osseointegration Award honorees are (in chronological order) Per-Ingvar Brånemark, MD, PhD; William R. Laney, DMD, MS; George A. Zarb, BChD, DDS, MS; Daniel VanSteenberge, MD, PhD; Ulf Lekholm, DDS, Daniel Buser, DDS, DMD; Tomas Albrektsson, MD, PhD; Stephen M. Parel, DDS; Ole Jensen, DMD; Steven E. Eckert, DDS; and Kenji W. Higuchi, DDS, MS.
“While not a form of credentialing, attaining Fellowship in AO says more about our members than mere case presentations or examination of knowledge,” said Lambert J. Stumpel, DDS, Chair of AO’s Fellowship & Certificate in Implant Dentistry Accreditation Committee. “It sets the standard for those who take their continuing professional education seriously, have a strong commitment to the field of implant dentistry, and recognize the incredible value that volunteerism and philanthropy have to the profession.”
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