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prevention International magazine for oral health No. 1, 2018

| science of prophylaxis Eklund Foundation— Supporting research in odontology By DTI The Eklund Foundation for Odontological Research and Education was established to support high-quality research in the field of dentistry. It was launched with a donation of €5.5 million by the Eklund family, founders of the Swedish oral hygiene company TePe Munhygien- produkter. Key in reviewing the research projects and presenting the applications under consideration to the board is Dr Anna Nilvéus Olofsson, Manager of Odontol- ogy and Scientific Affairs at TePe. First of all, what constitutes a perfect research proj- ect for the Eklund Foundation? Dr Anna Nilvéus Olofsson: Applicants from all fields of dentistry are welcome, though we prioritise periodontol- ogy, implantology and cariology. The applications are as- sessed on well-defined criteria: novelty and originality, feasibility and scientific quality of the proposed research, and lastly, the merits of the applicants, as well as the qual- ity of their applications. Every year, we receive a signifi- cant number of high-quality applications and are pleased to be able to select projects that really stand out. What is your greatest challenge in selecting suc- cessful applicants? We see it as an opportunity to contribute to high- quality research, rather than a challenge. The real challenges are tackled by the researchers, whereas it is our privilege to support them. Riccardo Guazzo, Eriberto Bressan and co-applicant Luca Sbricoli (absent on photo) from University of Padova (Italy), received funds from Eklund Foundation in 2017, here together with Dr Anna Nilvéus Olofsson, Manager Odontology and Scientifi c Affairs and Joel Eklund, CEO, TePe Oral Hygiene Products.

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