Colgate® Announces 2022 Colgate Award for Research Excellence (CARE) Winners | 2022-03-08 | Press Releases

Colgate-Palmolive is pleased to announce this year’s winners of the Colgate Award for Research Excellence (CARE), which supports oral health research projects across multiple disciplines. The CARE program identifies and supports the next generation of academic researchers by providing $30,000 (per project) as Colgate-Palmolive continues to reinvent a healthier future for all.

The CARE program is proud to announce the 2022 winners:

Michelle Arnett, RDH, BS, MSUniversity of Minnesota,

Impact of brief motivational interviewing on periodontal clinical outcomes: a 2-year post-trial follow-up”

Hyuk Jae Edward Kwon. DDS, PhD – State University of New York, University at Buffalo,

“Identification of therapeutic targets binding heparan sulfate to correct cleft palate”

Roberto Fanganiello, BSc, PhD -Laval University,

Creation of physiologically reliable 3D biomimetic bone for regenerative dentistry”

Noha Gomaa, BDS, MDS, PhD – Western University (London, Canada),

“From home to epigenome: unraveling the links between oral disease and developmental vulnerability in children from low-income families”

Neha Parikh, BSc, MSc, PhDThe University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston,

“Determining the correlation between oral health, microbial dysbiosis and inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease”

The proposals were reviewed by an independent and esteemed panel of top academic dental researchers. Winners were selected based on program criteria, which include innovation, clinical importance, originality and scientific quality. CARE grants are generally offered for a period of 12 months.

“The CARE program fosters the development of young faculty by providing seed research funding to emerging leaders in academia at a time in their career path when they need it most,” said Maria Ryan, DDS, PhD , vice president and clinical director at Colgate. “Each year, we look forward to meeting and supporting talented researchers at the start of their careers. We are happy to fund innovative projects that promise to advance industry knowledge and perhaps even revolutionize the field of dentistry. On behalf of Colgate, sincere congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients.’

Created in 2016, the Colgate CARE program is designed to encourage and provide financial support to young academic researchers. In order to be eligible for the Colgate CARE grant, faculty applicants must be within the first five years of an academic appointment.

Colgate CARE program advances Colgate-Palmolive’s Know your OQ™ public health initiative to improve oral health literacy worldwide. The Know Your OQ™ educational campaign empowers people to find out their oral health quotient exploring their understanding of the links between oral health and overall health while learning about the proven preventative strategies and interventions needed to improve oral health.

“Oral health has significant physical, social, economic and emotional consequences. This is why it is essential that we learn as much as possible about all aspects of oral health through innovative research. I’m proud that the Colgate CARE program not only advances our understanding of oral health, but also contributes to our company’s mission to educate people about its importance,” said Dr. Ryan.

For more information on the Colgate CARE program for young scholars and application guidelines, or visit for the United States and for Canada.


Colgate-Palmolive Company is a caring, innovative growth company reimagining a healthier future for everyone, their pets and our planet. Focused on oral care, personal care, home care and pet nutrition, we sell our products in over 200 countries and territories under brands such as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, hello, meridol, Sorriso , Tom’s of Maine, EltaMD, Filorga, Irish Spring, PCA SKIN, Protex, Sanex, Softsoap, Speed ​​Stick, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet. We are recognized for our leadership and innovation in promoting sustainability and community well-being, including our achievements in reducing plastic waste and promoting recyclability, water saving, conservation natural resources and improving children’s oral health through Colgate’s Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program, which has reached more than 1.4 billion children since 1991. For more information on Colgate’s global activities Colgate and how we are building a future to smile, visit CL-C

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