UniCamillus Professor in the MSc in Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics, Giuseppina Laganà awarded a prize for research on OSAS

UniCamillus Professor Giuseppina Laganà has been awarded a prize at the Taobuk International Book Festival. A faculty member in the MSc in Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics at UniCamillus, she received a prize for her research on Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome (OSAS). The research was presented during the 13th edition of the literary festival held in Taormina on 15th and 16th June. The event was organized by Professor Carmen Mortellaro, professor of Odontostomatological System Diseases at UniCamillus and scientific director of the medical area of the Festival.

Professor Laganà’s work was part of the Da Vinci category of the event, specifically dedicated to scientific work, and the award ceremony took place at the University of Messina on the same days.

The research, titled “Upper airway morphological changes by different MADs in OSA adult subjects by CBCT 3D imaging”, was conducted in collaboration with Doctor Nicolò Venza and Professor Paola Cozza, also a Professor at UniCamillus on the same programme. The study delved into the issues related to Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome, a socially impactful condition widely distributed in the population, affecting various age groups but with a higher prevalence in men. Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a medical condition characterised by interruptions in breathing during sleep due to total or partial obstruction of the upper airways. It represents a significant health, social, and economic problem, being one of the main causes of daytime sleepiness.

One of the most effective therapeutic approaches for OSAS is the application of a Mandibular Advancement Device, an intraoral device that advances the lower jaw to allow for proper airflow and cessation of apnoea episodes. This award-winning research highlights the morphological changes in the airways, analysed through a 3D reconstruction of the entire facial structure.

This is not the first time that UniCamillus has seen one of its faculty members being awarded a prize for significant research activities. In the field of Dentistry, Professor Lione also received two research grants from Align Technology in April.