LAOHA - Latin America Oral Health Association was founded in Brazil in May 2015 with the support of Colgate-Palmolive and professors from two major Brazilian higher education institutions, the University of São Paulo and the UNG University. Both institutions offer excellence courses in the field of dentistry and, in this way, they are responsible for the technical and / or scientific development of LAOHA.
We are an association of private law, non-for-profit, philanthropic, assistance, educational and scientific intention, whose main objective is to support training, at a Doctoral level, foreign origin or Brazilian graduates in Dentistry and related areas. Our support focuses on professionals who present differentials of academic excellence and leadership, but due to geographical and / or financial reasons have not been able to deepen their studies in their countries or places of origin. Thus, we provide continuity in the training and improvement of these professionals in order to help with the formation of leaders committed to promote positive changes in health and dental research in their countries or regions of origin. Therefore, LAOHA considers itself as the only Association with this model, focusing on Latin America and other countries with Neo-Latin language.
To be recognized as a leader in the dissemination of knowledge
in oral health research in Latin America.
To contribute to the scientific development of dentistry and oral health improvement of the Latin American population through research and education.
"LAOHA is a visionary project of integration between researchers and institutions in the Latin American region that will bring high-level health promotion to the population."
"LAOHA is a visionary project of integration between researchers and institutions in the Latin American region that will bring high-level health promotion to the population.."
Formation of new leaders
LATAM-DHU sponsors scholarships for dentistry graduates, foreign nationals or Brazilians. For Bernal Stewart, one of the project's mentors, this partnership with universities is fundamental, "Latin America has excellent researchers and is a region where we hope to contribute to the improvement of the oral health of the population. For this, being close to the Universities and their researchers is fundamental. "Currently we support 7 PhD students:
PhD Student at UNG University - Brazil
"Participating in the LAOHA has been a wonderful experience. I am having the opportunity to study in an internationally recognized dentistry program, such as the Doctorate Program of the Guarulhos University. In addition, I am working in different studies with a great human and scientific team. During the doctorate period, LAOHA has helped me in my personal and professional growth. Thank you very much LAOHA!"
The idea of creating LAOHA arose a few years ago, when it was noticed the shortage of Doctorate courses in Dentistry in several countries, and at the same time a large number of these programs in the South and Southeast of Brazil. Thus, it was designed together with Colgate researchers and executives, especially Sr. Bernal Stewart (Research Director of Global Colgate in Latin America), Prof. Magda Feres (UNG) and Prof. Giuseppe Romito (FO-USP), a project aimed at absorbing students from other countries and Brazilians in PhD Programs in Dentistry at UNG and FO-USP, both evaluated with excellence by CAPES (Ministry of Education, Brazil) and other affiliates.
These students could then multiply their acquired knowledge in their countries / regions of origin, thus contributing to the advancement of research and oral health in these regions. The project is financially supported by Colgate (Technology Center, USA) through granting scholarships for these students.
Periodontal disease and its impact on general health in Latin America - Consensus Meeting
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