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Eklund Foundation Announces 2020 Grant Recipients

The Eklund Foundation now supports odontological research projects for the fifth year running. This year, two projects related to cariology were chosen to receive grants.

Joel Eklund, Chairman of the Board, Eklund Foundation, said, “We choose to acknowledge and support these important projects related to cariology, as they put young people’s oral health in a social context with the aim of creating preconditions for a healthier future.”

The Eklund Foundation was created through a donation from the Eklund family, owners of TePe Oral Hygiene Products, in celebration of their long-standing relationship with the professional dental community. In previous years, the foundation has supported projects related to periodontology and implantology from different parts of the world. More information about grants and projects can be found on www.eklundfoundation.org. Next application period starts in spring 2021.

The Eklund Foundation has decided to award grants to the following projects:

Title: Healthy food and Healthy teeth in children from low SEP: interventions that fit the ideas and daily realities of families with low SEP in metropolitan areas; a participatory action research

Applicant: Monique van der Veen, dr. ir. Associate Professor (per 1.9.2020 appointed professor), ACTA Preventive Dentistry, The Netherlands

Co-applicant: Egija Zaura, Prof. dr. Chair department of Preventive Dentistry, ACTA Preventive Dentistry, The Netherlands

Funding: EUR 40,000

“Caries is a considerable problem among young children in low socioeconomic positions. This important study takes on the task, using the method of participatory action research by involving local stakeholders throughout the process.”

Title: Salutogenesis against the odds – resilience factors among adolescents

Applicant: Marie Nordström, DDS, Doctoral student, lecturer, Department of Cariology, Faculty of Odontology, Malmö University, Sweden

Supervisor: Gunnel Hänsel Petersson, Department of Cariology, Faculty of Odontology, Malmö University, Sweden

Funding: SEK 1,621,621

“An innovative approach with a focus on salutogenesis among adolescents in socioeconomic vulnerable populations. This study focusing on health sustaining factors as well as the underlying resilience factors may provide essential information for future health promotion work in favour of not only oral health, but also general health.”

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