PATENTMEDELSFONDEN för Odontologisk Profylaxforskning

Awardees 2016

Jo Frencken

Associate Professor emeritus in Minimal Intervention Dentistry at the College of Dental Sciences of the Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen, is a public health specialist by training. His early experience, in Malawi, Africa, of the many facets of oral health in the absence of regular dental care significantly altered his perception on how dental caries might be managed, and this led him to reconsider how oral care can be made available for an increasing number of people and communities. Dr. Frencken's research has thus mainly focused on caries prevention and on providing dental care by principles that were earlier deemed less justifiable but currently considered as valid, given the fact that low-income populations cannot afford the well-known standards of oral care. He pioneered the development of the ART concept and was instrumental in researching the many aspects of this minimal intervention dentistry concept. His latest line of research has resulted in the development of a novel carious lesion assessment and treatment instrument (CAST) for use in epidemiological studies. Dr. Frencken's solid and highly dedicated research has contributed greatly to the prevention of dental diseases and to increasing the accessibility of oral health care for many individuals and population groups in different countries world-wide.


Panos N. Papapanou

Professor of Dental Medicine, Director of the Division of Periodontics, and Chairman of the Section of Oral, Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Sciences, at the College of Dental Medicine, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA. He has earned DDS degrees from the University of Athens, Greece, and Columbia University, NY, USA, a PhD from Göteborg University, Sweden, and has received post-doctoral training in Oral Microbiology at the Forsyth Institute, Boston, MA. Dr. Papapanou is the recipient of several international awards, most recently the William Gies Award for Clinical Research from the IADR in 2015. He is board member of several scientific journals, Fellow of the American College of Dentists, and Past President and Councilor of the Periodontal Research Group of the IADR. Dr Papapanou's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and encompasses studies of the epidemiology of periodontal disease, the assessment of microbial and host-derived risk factors, the pathobiology of periodontitis and its role in general health. He has published a considerable volume of scientific articles related to clinical and preventive aspects of periodontal disease in well-recognized scientific journals, the results of which form a solid basis for the understanding of preventive odontology measures.


The Yngve Ericsson Prize is awarded once every three years in acknowledgement of outstanding contributions to prevention of oral diseases.

This international Prize is named after its founder.


The prize awardees have been selected by a five-member Prize Committee appointed by the Patent Revenue Fund and ORCA - the European Organization for Caries Research. The Prize was presented on July 7, 2016 at the ORCA Congress in Athens, Greece.