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Creighton Professor Earns Prestigious Periodontal Fellowship

OMAHA, Neb. – Takanari Miyamoto, D.D.S., chair of the Department of Periodontics at Creighton University School of Dentistry, has been awarded the 2011 Bud and Linda Tarrson Fellowship.

The fellowship, offered through the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation, is the most prestigious career development award offered to academic periodontists early in their careers. Since 1998, the fellowship has been awarded annually to only one U.S. dental school faculty member showing great potential in research and teaching. The candidate selection process includes a personal interview by a panel of peers.

As part of the fellowship, Miyamoto, an assistant professor at the dental school, will receive $36,000 in unrestricted funds over the next three years.

Miyamoto’s primary area of expertise focuses on dental implants, and he has published professional articles and lectured nationally and internationally on clinical periodontics and implantology. He has served as co-investigator on several Creighton dental research projects and is principal investigator for a study to evaluate the compatibility of gingival fibroblasts with dental restorative materials.

He has been named an “Evidence-Based Champion” by the American Dental Association and received an educator award for excellence in teaching and mentoring from the American Academy of Periodontology.

Prior to joining Creighton, he was an assistant professor at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine. He earned his dental degree from Creighton University.

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