IADR STAR Network Academy Fellowship

Applications WILL ACCEPTED FOR 2018 AWARDS IN summer 2017.

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The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) announces the IADR STAR Network Academy Fellowship for short-term visits to research laboratories associated with the IADR General Session.

The purpose of this fellowship will be to support the awardee's attendance at the IADR Academy and IADR General Session & Exhibition, and then to have a research experience in a renowned research laboratory immediately after the IADR General Session in San Francisco, March 2017.

The purposes of the visit are to:

  • Network with colleagues in in the area of the candidate´s own research.
  • Develop an understanding of contemporary research environments.
  • Learn new and innovative research techniques that can advance the science undertaken by Fellow on their return to their home.
  • Develop shared research protocols and possible funding applications.


  • Must be an IADR member.
  • Must be a current Ph.D. student OR within five years post- Ph.D.
  • Seeking applicant with expertise in Oral Microbiology.


Each fellowship is $5,000 USD for travel and accommodation for visiting a research laboratory proximate to the meeting for a period of three weeks immediately after the IADR General Session. Registration for the IADR Academy and IADR General Session is included for the successful applicant. 

The 2017 IADR STAR Network Academy Fellowship will be held in the lab of Dr. Yvonne Kapila at the University of California, San Francisco.  Yvonne Kapila's work has focused on understanding the basic extracellular matrix processes that govern head and neck cancer tumorigenesis and periodontal disease pathogenesis. She has made important discoveries on the cell and molecular biology mechanisms that regulate anoikis; programmed cell death or apoptosis triggered by loss of extracellular matrix contacts. Her work on anoikis has focused on identifying matrix components and novel receptors that mediate this process in head and neck cancer and in inflammation as relates to periodontal disease. Thus, her research focus in cancer biology and periodontal disease pathogenesis has been examined through the lens of the extracellular matrix. Recently, Yvonne has extended her area of research to biomarker discovery for aggressive head and neck cancer using metabolomic approaches. Her related work in sirtuin biology and oral cancer were seminal and showed that sirtuin 3, a metabolic enzyme, regulates and promotes oral cancer tumorigenesis.  A high impact commissioned review written by her group further showcased the important role of sirtuin 3 in cancer biology, both as a tumor promoter and tumor suppressor. Other recently funded work in her lab has focused on host-microbial interactions as relate to the oral cavity. This research recently led to a trilogy of 3 publications on the novel role of bacteriocins in biomedical applications, including as modulators of tumorigenesis and disease-associated biofilms.

The application form is available on-line from www.iadr.fluidreview.com.

Application requires the following:

  • CV – (10 pages maximum)
  • Letter of Interest
  • Reference Letter from Dean/Chair of applicant’s current institution

Recipients of the IADR STAR Network Academy Fellowship will be required to submit a brief report on their experiences to IADR at the conclusion of the fellowship which may be published as part of the IADR Global Research Update, and will be reported to the IADR Board and Council on an annual basis.

Please contact Strategic Programs Manager Sheri S. Herren at sherren@iadr.org for questions.


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