A Greek student, Georgia Kotantoula, in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s
international masters program in biomedical science, has just won first prize in
an international competition to prevent the accumulation of bacteria on the
surface of teeth.
The competition was organized by the European
Association of Orthodontists. Kotantoula was one of 500 participants at the
Dental plaque is dangerous: It can lead to
tooth decay, and the acid the bacteria produces can cause gum disease and tooth
Kotantoula’s remedy generates longer-lasting protection against the
biofilm compared to current treatments. Her work was the outcome of a fruitful
scientific collaboration between the HU School of Pharmacy and Faculty of Dental
Medicine, and has been patented by HU’s Yissum Research Development Company.
Clinical trials will begin soon to test the treatment’s efficacy. No further
details on her discovery were provided.
The International Biomedical
Science Program, founded last year in partnership with the university’s Rothberg
International School, will start its second year next month.
As part of
the program’s framework, students perform advanced biomedical lab research
relating to dental science, including microbiology, stem cell research, genetic
engineering and computational biology. The students come from numerous foreign
countries including the US, India, Argentina, Japan, Hungary, Poland, Sweden and
Prof. Doron Steinberg, head of the dental faculty’s
International Graduate Program in biomedicine, said that “one of the key reasons
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. Without a doubt, Kotantoulas’
success in this competition proves that the program’s research efforts are
already beginning to bear fruit, and are producing internationally
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