This year’s prize was presented September 10th at the botiss bone & tissue World Congress in Berlin to Vítor Sapata, MSc. Sapata, a native of Brazil is currently a Research Scholar at the University of Zurich Clinic for Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics and Dental Material Science in Switzerland. He holds a Master’s degree in Dental Science from the State University of Maringá in Brazil and completed a Periodontology Residency at the same faculty. He is in private practice in his hometown and a PhD student at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Vítor Sapata is also a member of the academic network of the International Team of Implantology (ITI).
“I have had a strong interest in research and have conducted my studies with the objective of becoming a professor and a well-recognized researcher in the future. During Dental School I was part of a research team responsible for the surgeries of Professor Maurício Araújo. That was my first experience in research and it introduced me to a very challenging and motivating environment that changed all my professional perspectives.” wrote Sapata. He credits his mentors Professors Cléverson Silva, Dimitris Tatakis, and João Batista César Neto for directing his passion for research.
The winning entry and its clinical relevance
The subject of his work was localized bone regeneration around dental implants using biological mediators. By testing the influence of biological mediators (rhPDGF-BB or rhBMP-2) for bone regeneration around dental implants, the study sought to demonstrate if and how the use of biological mediators could improve predictability and reduce morbidity.
“Vítor Sapata conducted a systematic study addressing the critical topic of bone regeneration around dental implants, with the most recent investigative methods. His contribution in an acute and controversial research domain offers arguments to an educated use of growth factors in clinical practice and contributes to a novel approach in the field of Guided Bone Regeneration.”
Prof. Michel Dard, Global Medical Director & Head of Medical Affairs at Straumann
From left to right: Dr. Andreas Pabst, the YPA winner of 2015, Vitor Sapata, winner 2016 and nominees Dr Young-Dan Cho, Dr Gábor Gaál.
IMPRESSIONS FROM THE CEREMONY
The YoungProAward in Regenerative Dentistry was inaugurated by Straumann and botiss biomaterials at the botiss bone & tissue days World Congress in 2014, with the aim of fostering the development of young dental professionals in the field of regenerative dentistry and dental biomaterials research. The Award therefore focuses on dental professionals, including practitioners, students, researchers etc., who are under the age of 35.