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Dr. Gazelle Crasto – Winner of the IADR Hatton Award

Dr. Gazelle Crasto, recently received her PhD. from the University of Toronto, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about her winning of the prestigious IADR Hatton Award. 

Learn more about to Dr. Gazelle’s thesis 

The Hatton competition is designed to give junior and senior student researchers the opportunity to present their research at the annual IADR, held this year in Seoul, Korea, June 22-25, 2016. To compete at this international competition, student competitors are nominated by their country of origin. Crasto was selected as the Canadian nominee after presenting her work at the Canadian Association of Dental Research annual meeting and the Network for Canadian Oral Health and Research student research competitions in 2015.


While Dr. Gazelle Crasto’s most recent defense of her Ph.D. thesis at the University of Toronto was an accomplishment itself, she was also recently awarded the IADR’s prestigious Unilever Hatton Award. The award is given to young, talented and promising researchers. Dr. Crasto’s project involved bone generation using a combination of “off-the-shelf” elements, ultrasound and nanotechnology.

This award highlights the validity and novel research that is taking place in Canada. Dr. Crasto will continue her career as a clinician/scientist at NYU’s School of Dentistry. She hopes to return to Canada thereafter to advance oral health research here.

The work was funded by the following organizations:

  1. Canadian Graduate Scholarship Doctorate (NSERC-D): Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  2. Ontario Graduate Student in Science and Technology Scholarship
  3. Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto Harron Scholarship
  4. Doctoral Scholarship for Orthopedics Research: Canadian Arthritis Network and The Arthritis Society
  5. Gerald I. Bakers Doctoral Scholarship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: University of Toronto – Faculty of Dentistry

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