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2012 Nobel Biocare Brånemark Osseointegration Award

by: Jim Mack

The Nobel Biocare Brånemark Osseointegration Award is given annually by the Osseointegration Foundation to honor an individual's impact on implant dentistry in any or all of the Foundation's mission categories: research, education and charitable causes.

The award involves a selection process by which members of the Osseointegration Foundation's Titanium Society propose distinguished candidates.

Dr. Lekholm earned his DDS at the Royal Dental School of Malmo, University of Lund, Sweden in 1968 and his PhD in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the Faculty of Odontology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden in 1976.

In 1977, he began his collaboration with professor P-I Brånemark and joined the Institute for Applied Biotechnology in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1978. In 1985, he became the first Chairman of the Brånemark Clinic Public Dental Health Service of Gothenburg, Sweden. He served as a Specialist in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic Public Dental Health Service of Gothenburg, Sweden from 2006-2008.

Between 1979 and 1988, Dr. Lekholm served as an associate professor in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and a Professor in Oral Implant Surgery at the Institute of Odontology, University of Gothenburg and Public Dental Health Service of Gothenburg, Sweden.

He has published about 140 scientific articles and 25 textbook chapters - mainly on oral implant treatment and has been lecturing extensively at national and international courses on the osseointegration procedure a.m. Brånemark.

Dr. Lekholm has received the Elander Award in 1987, the Quintessence International Education Award in 2000, The 4th Bernard S. Moscow Award in 2000, the Greater New York Academy Award in 2001, and the Thuréus Science Award in 2007.

He currently serves as professor emeritus.


Supported by a grant from Nobel Biocare.

Source: Academy of Osseointegration (