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Council on Scientific Affairs names first Stanford Award recipient


Dr. Obaisi
The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs has named Dr. Noor Obaisi as its first John W. Stanford New Investigator Award recipient.

Dr. Obaisi, who completed an orthodontic residency program at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in May 2013, works in private practice in Chicago.

Her winning research project, "Determination of the Transformation Temperature Ranges of Orthdontic Nickel-Titanium Archwires," set out to determine the transformation temperature range of thermoelastic nickel titanium archwires using two testing methods—Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Bend and Free Recovery.

She will receive airfare and accommodation to present her winning research at the March ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C.

"I was very pleased and surprised to hear that I won," Dr. Obaisi said.

"I'm happy that my project was recognized, and I hope that the project draws attention to the need for standardization in testing, not just for orthodontic wires, but for all dental products."

The John W. Stanford New Investigator Award honors the legacy of Dr. Stanford, who is credited with establishing the ADA's current standards program. Dr. Stanford died in February 2011.

He was a 40-year ADA employee and played a pivotal part in standards setting and development.

The Stanford New Investigator Award underscores the crucial role that dental standards play in patient health and safety and in the efficacy of dental products while paying homage to Dr. Stanford's contributions.

"Dr. Obaisi's paper compared the use of the Bend and Free Recovery test, which is also recommended in testing vascular stents, with Differential Scanning Calorimetry, a more complex testing method," said Dr. Edmond Truelove, Council on Scientific Affairs chair. 

"She found that both methods effectively identify physical characteristics of the wire with the BFR method being significantly less complex to administer. Her findings identified an improved testing methodology in assessing whether materials and devices used in patient care and biomedical science meet critical standards desired of such devices and materials."

Dr. Jeff Zawada, chair of the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products, said, "Dr. Obaisi's research investigation embodies the full spirit of the John W. Stanford New Investigator Award, demonstrating on the one hand how standards can play a key role in addressing clinically-relevant dental research questions, while at the same time showing how research can inform the development of new dental standards."

The application cycle for the Stanford New Investigator Award is open annually to dental students or dentists who received their D.D.S. or D.M.D. degrees no more than five years prior to the time of selection.

Submissions must be original research that addresses some aspect of the use of standards in dental research or clinical application.  Applications are being accepted through Sept. 30 for the 2014 award.

Dr. Obaisi's submission was part of her master's research project during her orthodontic residency at UIC.