The VOLPE Prize, which is named in honor of Dr. Anthony Volpe, is a $3,500 award presented for the best clinical research in periodontology by students in dentistry.

The most recent VOLPE Prize was awarded in 2018. Abstracts were accepted from dental academic institutions in North and South America for review by a panel of judges. From these abstracts, eight (8) finalists were selected to make oral presentations at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, on April 20, 2018. Each finalist provided a 20-minute presentation based on the abstract, followed by a 10-minute question-and-answer period. Each finalist received a $500 travel grant, and the winner of the competition received the cash prize and a certificate of recognition.

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About Dr. Volpe

Dr. Anthony R. Volpe has over five decades of experience in clinical dental research, preventive dentistry and dental scientific affairs with more than 250 scientific publications and presentations worldwide as well as several patents in dental science from the United States government.

Dr. Volpe received a Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) in Chemistry from Seton Hall University in 1954, a Doctorate Degree in Dental Surgery (DDS) from the New Jersey Dental School in 1960 and a Master of Science Degree in Biological Sciences (MS) from Rutgers University. In 1998, he was awarded a degree in dentistry (Dottore in Odontoiatria) from the Dental Faculty of the University of Rome in Italy.

Dr. Volpe was vice president of Clinical Dental Research and Scientific Affairs at the Colgate-Palmolive Technology Center in Piscataway, New Jersey, USA. He has been a clinical professor of pharmacology at the Fairleigh-Dickinson University School of Dentistry and currently is a clinical professor of periodontics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey Dental School. As a staff member at St. Peter’s Medical Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey, he has practiced general dentistry.

Anthony Volpe has served on technical committees of major worldwide dental organizations, including the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), the American Dental Association (ADA), the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Federation Dentaire Internationale (FDI). He has been president of the Essex County Dental Association, vice president and trustee of the Academy of Medicine of New Jersey and editor of the Journal of the New Jersey Dental Association. From 1997 to 2003, he served as president of the American Dental Association Foundation and was presented in 2004 with the American Dental Association’s Distinguished Service Award. In 2004, he was further honored to receive the American Association of Public Health Dentistry’s Special Merit Award and the Hadassah Special Award from the Hebrew University, Israel.