The inaugural Robert N. Eskow NYU Implant Dentistry Award was presented to Dr. P. I. Branemark, the world-renowned originator and developer of osseointegrated implants and of a variety of the components used in dental implants, at the annual NYU Implant Symposium in December. Dr. Branemark accepted the award via videoconference from Gothenburg, Sweden.
Named in honor of its principal benefactor, NYU Clinical Professor of Implant Dentistry
Dr. Robert Eskow, the Eskow Award recognizes individuals in implant dentistry for outstanding achievements and significant contributions to the science and clinical application of implant dentistry. The Eskow Award carries a plaque and a cash stipend.
In addition to
Dr. Eskow, the other benefactors responsible for the award include Astra Tech, Inc., Bio-Lok™ International, Inc.,
Hu-Friedy Manufacturing Company, Inc., 3i Implant Innovations, Inc., Nobel Biocare USA, Straumann USA, and Zimmer Dental, Inc.
Commenting on the award, Dean Alfano said, "It is a privilege and a pleasure for NYUCD to present this award. Dr. Branemark is a giant in the field of implant dentistry. Largely because of his work, which is recognized as the "gold standard" in dental implants, implant dentistry today is a
scientifically-validated, solidly mainstream dental procedure whose popularity continues to improve both functionally and esthetically. It is doubly meaningful that the award carries the name
of Dr. Robert Eskow, an outstanding NYU
faculty member, who has made substantial
contributions to implant dentistry teaching and research at NYU."