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Charley Schultz Resident Scholar Award

Dr. Collin Kraus, who recently received his certificate in orthodontics, won the Charley Schultz Resident
Scholar Award during the American Association of Orthodontists 2012 Annual Session in Hawaii.

Photo courtesy Dr. Collin Kraus

Kraus was happy to oblige when a man walked up and asked him to explain his research poster before the Charley Schultz Resident Scholar Award competition began. That turned out to be a fortuitous move.

An interesting thing happened to Dr. Collin Kraus as he was setting up his research poster at the convention center in Honolulu. He was there as one of just 40 orthodontic residents nationwide to present research for the Charley Schultz Resident Scholar Award. This two-day event during the American Association of Orthodontists 2012 Annual Session consisted of poster presentations, Q-and-A sessions and an awards luncheon.

“I was approached by a gentleman who asked me if my paper was published yet and if I would explain my project to him,” says Kraus ’09, who received his certificate in orthodontics in May.

Even though the judging hadn’t officially begun, Kraus obliged and went through his entire 15-minute poster presentation, only stopping when instructions for the first round of judging began.

“Soon after, my two judges arrived and introduced themselves to me,” says Kraus. “To my surprise, one of my judges was the same gentleman who asked me to explain my project a few minutes before.”

Dr. Collin Kraus
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To add another twist, the judge went by the name of Dr. Robert “Slick” Vanarsdall, who is a well-known, dual-trained orthodontist-periodontist from the University of Pennsylvania. The other judge was Dr. David Turpin, former editor of the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics.“Needless to say, I was somewhat intimidated,” Kraus says.

But Vanarsdall’s interest in Kraus’ project and his excitement about its results was a good sign. The next day during the awards luncheon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village conference center, Kraus was awarded first prize in the clinical orthodontic section for his research titled “Bony Adaptation After Expansion with Light-to-Moderate, Continuous Forces.”

The research examined the body’s ability or inability to adapt to moving teeth laterally outside the bony housing of the upper jaw.

“We wanted to know if the tooth would move through the bone or if new bone could be added ahead of the movement.

“A lot of money is made in orthodontics by marketing certain types of treatment and making claims that are unsupported by evidence from research,” Kraus adds. “We wanted to see if some of these claims with regard to arch wire expansion — lateral movement of teeth — were true.”