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Greek Minister of Education Meets With Hebrew University–Hadassah School of Dental Medicine

Discusses collaboration, congratulates award-winning Greek student
16/10/2013

During his visit to Israel last week, Greek Minister of Education and Religious Affairs Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos met with researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Dental Medicine, and discussed means to establish scientific collaboration between Greek scientists and their counterparts from the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine.

The minister met with Prof. Doron Steinberg, Head of the International Graduate Program in Biomedicine of the Faculty of Dental Medicine, and Prof. Stella Chaushu, ‎Chair of the Department of Orthodontics, Hebrew University - Hadassah School of Dental Medicine.

The minister also met Dr. Georgia Kotantoula and congratulated her on receiving two international awards for her research conducted at the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, including first prize in an international competition organized by the European Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Kotantoula is a Greek student studying toward an M.Sc. in the Hebrew University’s Bio-Medical Sciences in Dental Medicine program, and in the International Postgraduate Orthodontic Program – (IPOP).

Kotantoula's research topic is on novel means to prevent tooth decay in orthodontic patients using a controlled released varnish applied directly on the teeth. Kotantoula's remedy is an outcome of a fruitful scientific collaboration between the Hebrew University’s School of Pharmacy and Faculty of Dental Medicine, and has been patented by the Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University.  Clinical trials will begin soon to test the remedy’s efficiency.

Prof. Doron Steinberg, Head of the International Graduate Program in Biomedicine of the Faculty of Dental Medicine said: “One of the key reasons that we decided to open the international program was our desire to promote the international status of the faculty and to widen the extensive research activity that is being performed within it. Ms. Kotantoula’s success in this competition proves that the research efforts of the program are already beginning to bear fruit and to produce internationally recognized results.”

The International Biomedical Science program at the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Dental Medicine was founded last year in partnership with the university’s Rothberg International School, and is continuing into its second year next month. As part of the framework of the program, students perform advanced biomedical lab research relating to dental science, including microbiology, stem cells, genetic engineering and computational biology. Among the students in the program are those from the United States, India, Argentina, Japan, Hungary, Poland, Sweden, and Costa Rica.  

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