Yvonne Kapila Named First Recipient of Sunstar Innovation Grant

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) has selected Yvonne Kapila, DDS, PhD, as the recipient of the inaugural Sunstar Innovation Grant. The $30,000 grant supports an AAP member whose research shows significant potential to advance the science and practice of periodontics.

Yvonne Kapila, DDS, PhD

Kapila’s research project, “Natural Bacteriocins as Pre/Pro-Biotics to Promote Oral Health and Prevent Periodontal Disease,” aims to build a foundation for using pre- or probiotics containing nisin (commonly used as a food preservative) or nisin-secreting bacteria to promote a healthy oral microbiome and prevent pathogenic biofilms associated with periodontal disease. She will present the results of the study at a future AAP meeting.

Beginning this year, Sunstar will award six research grants to select AAP members over a 3-year period. For more information, contact the AAP’s Scientific Affairs Manager Stephanie Heffner at stephanie@perio.org.

From Decisions in Dentistry. July 2017;3(7):12.

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