IU Periodontics Professor Wins Highly Regarded Prize in His Specialty

Dr. Sivaraman Prakasam
Dr. Sivaraman Prakasam

IU periodontics professor Dr. Sivaraman Prakasam has won the American Academy of Periodontology’s Balint Orban Memorial Competition for his study of salivary biomarkers in chronic periodontitis.

He was one of eight national finalists in the competition for students and recent graduates of periodontic graduate and postgraduate programs. The competition was held at the academy's annual session in Miami Beach, Fla., in November.

Dr. Prakasam won one of the two prizes awarded by the academy – as one of four finalists in the clinical research category, Dr. Prakasam won $500 for his presentation titled “Profile of Salivary Biomarkers in Chronic Periodontitis and Changes in Response to Scaling and Root Planing.”

Dr. Prakasam joined the IU faculty after graduating from IU’s periodontics program in 2010. He also holds a dental degree from Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai, India; and a PhD in oral biology and pathology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

“This is wonderful recognition for Siva,” says Dr. Vanchit John, chair of Periodontics and Allied Dental Programs. “Siva is the first IU perio grad to win this award. It speaks volumes for what we do at IUSD.”

December 5, 2011