When we look at the world through the eyes of Unsung Heroes we see undreamed of possibilities. More and more we appreciate the incredible number of nominations submitted from around the world in the five ADESTE categories: Humanities, Social Justice, Arts, Technology and Medicine. The nominees of The ADESTE Gold Medal remind us of how many wonderful people are doing amazing things from corner to corner in this chaotic world. Also, we are reminded that the most important aspect, the heart, of ADESTE, is to discover “the 40 and under” Unsung Heroes who “outperform” in a globe of billions.
JO LEE MAGAZINE AND ITS 21 WORLD VOTING MEMBERS OF ADESTE PRESENT WITH PRIDE THE 10TH ANNUAL ADESTE GOLD MEDAL LAUREATE 2014
Dr. Georgia Kotantoula, a Greek student at the Hebrew University – Hadassah in Jerusalem, conducting her Masters in the International Biomedical Science program, has earned acclaim for a remedy she developed to moderate the release of active agents that prevent the accumulation of bacteria on a surface (biofilm).
The remedy generates longer lasting protection against biofilm, a layer of bacteria that cling to hard surfaces such as teeth, which may lead to caries (cavities). “It is a unique and novel medication for the oral cavity, as it sustains the release of any chosen drug in the oral cavity resulting in better clinical efficacy”, says Dr. Kotantoula.
Dr. Kotantoula’s remedy is an outcome of a fruitful scientific collaboration between the Faculty of Dental Medicine and the School of Pharmacy at Hebrew University – Hadassah and has been patented by the Yissum Research Development Company of the university. Clinical trials will begin soon to test the remedy’s efficiency.
As part of the framework of the University’s International program, students from all over the world perform advanced biomedical laboratory research relating to bio-medical and dental science, including microbiology, immunology stem cells, genetic engineering and computational biology.
Parallel to her M. Sc. studies, Dr. Kotantoula is part of the international internship program of the Orthodontics Department. “In my research program I am combining my knowledge in dentistry with state of the art science in biomedicine,” says Dr. Kotantoula. “It is a great pleasure to be pursuing my graduate studies in the International Bio-medicine program of the Hebrew University – Hadassah. The extensive experience and knowledge of my supervisors and professors as well as the well-equipped laboratories, has given me tremendous support and the tools to conduct high level research.”
JO LEE Magazine applauds, congratulates and reveres Dr. Georgia Kotantoula for her compassion – for embracing the world at large.