ABOUT US

Who we are

LAOHALatin American Oral Health Association is a non-profit, philanthropic association focused on evidence-based research and practice.

Our goal is to pursue cutting-edge educational and scientific research by training, at the doctoral level, dental graduates in Latin America and other countries. The professionals we support are highly motivated, recognized for their excellence and leadership who, due to geographical and/or financial reasons, are unable to expand their studies in their own regions.

Established in Brazil in May 2015, it actually started its activities
in 2016, as a result of a successful partnership between Colgate-Palmolive and renowned professors from two prestigious educational institutions: the University of São Paulo (USP) and the University of Guarulhos (UNG). Since then, the two universities and associates have contributed to the technical development
and/or scientific LAOHA. We are committed to providing professionals with evidence-based oral health training programs so that
can increase access to quality oral health care in their home countries or regions.

the uniqueness of LAOHA it is in the fact that it is oriented towards Latin American and Neo-Latin-speaking countries.

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Our vision

To be recognized as a regional dental association that promotes research and education in the dental profession.

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Our mission

Contribute to the scientific development of dentistry and seek improvements in the oral health of the Latin American population through research and education.

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Our story

LAOHA was conceived, on the one hand, in the development of new regional leaders promoting a doctoral fellowship program in dentistry and, on the other hand, in the need to promote dental research in Latin America. It was conceived by researchers and executives, among them, Dr. Bernal Stewart (Director of Colgate-Palmolive), Prof. Magda Feres (UNG), and Prof. Giuseppe Romito (USP).

DIRECTORIES

Click on the button to select the year of management

MANAGEMENT 2020 - 2022

Cristina Villar

president

 

In order to guarantee the prevention and recovery of the oral health of the population of South America, the LAOHA brings together a series of local actions to promote the development of dental research, the training of young people.”

Cassiano Rosing

Vice president


The Latin American Oral Health Association (LAOHA) has been a major driver of oral health on the continent. Her role as an opinion carrier, raising awareness of oral diseases and the need for complete oral health has had a major impact on the continent. In addition to promoting inclusive meetings with different countries, it has supported students from developing countries in both Latin America and Africa to receive scholarships to carry out doctoral programs, which has the potential to transform the reality in their countries. source. This is a commendable initiative and should be considered one of the great ideas that worked. LAOHA is a success!”

Juliano Cavagni

1st Secretary


The Latin American Oral Health Association is an entity whose main objective is to promote oral health in Latin America. To this end, it has based its work on the intersection between Academy and Society. From this intersection arises the stimulus to graduate students through the funding of Doctoral scholarships. Additionally, the union of opinion-forming professionals from all over Latin America contributes decisively so that the oral health of individuals and populations is achieved in its fullness through the gathering of different expertise. The main gain for patients and professionals is the collaborative environment that the entity provides. long live to LAOHA!”

Luciana Saraiva

2nd Secretary


I believe that the LAOHA It is an opportunity to promote oral health through the dissemination of scientific knowledge in dentistry, providing the promotion of scholarships for students from different regions of Latin America and/or Brazil.”

Claudio Mendes Pannuti

1st Treasurer

 

One of the goals of LAOHA is the formation of new leaderships in oral health education and research in Latin America. Furthermore, the actions of LAOHA will promote scientific interaction between researchers in this region, as well as the spread of knowledge about oral health.”

Luciene Figueiredo

2nd Treasurer


I am very proud to participate in this project, which will certainly change in the medium term the panorama of research and training of human resources for Latin American countries.”

Marcelo Bonecker

Tax advisor

Bruno Bueno Silva

Tax advisor

Belén Retamal-Valdes

Tax Counselor

 

Zilson Malheiros

CEO

 

It is a great honor to be part of this initiative that will surely bring excellent results for research and teaching, in addition to collaborating to improve the oral health of the population in Latin America.”

Bernal Stewart

CEO

 

This is a great opportunity to identify and develop new regional research leaders by funding relevant research programs. Through partnership with universities and researchers, we will build a public health platform aimed at improving the oral health of our population.”

MANAGEMENT 2020 - 2022

Cristina Villar

president

 

In order to guarantee the prevention and recovery of the oral health of the population of South America, the LAOHA brings together a series of local actions to promote the development of dental research, the training of young people.”

Cassiano Rosing

Vice president


The Latin American Oral Health Association (LAOHA) has been a major driver of oral health on the continent. Her role as an opinion carrier, raising awareness of oral diseases and the need for complete oral health has had a major impact on the continent. In addition to promoting inclusive meetings with different countries, it has supported students from developing countries in both Latin America and Africa to receive scholarships to carry out doctoral programs, which has the potential to transform the reality in their countries. source. This is a commendable initiative and should be considered one of the great ideas that worked. LAOHA is a success!”

Juliano Cavagni

1st Secretary


The Latin American Oral Health Association is an entity whose main objective is to promote oral health in Latin America. To this end, it has based its work on the intersection between Academy and Society. From this intersection arises the stimulus to graduate students through the funding of Doctoral scholarships. Additionally, the union of opinion-forming professionals from all over Latin America contributes decisively so that the oral health of individuals and populations is achieved in its fullness through the gathering of different expertise. The main gain for patients and professionals is the collaborative environment that the entity provides. long live to LAOHA!”

Luciana Saraiva

2nd Secretary


I believe that the LAOHA It is an opportunity to promote oral health through the dissemination of scientific knowledge in dentistry, providing the promotion of scholarships for students from different regions of Latin America and/or Brazil.”

Claudio Mendes Pannuti

1st Treasurer

 

One of the goals of LAOHA is the formation of new leaderships in oral health education and research in Latin America. Furthermore, the actions of LAOHA will promote scientific interaction between researchers in this region, as well as the spread of knowledge about oral health.”

Luciene Figueiredo

2nd Treasurer


I am very proud to participate in this project, which will certainly change in the medium term the panorama of research and training of human resources for Latin American countries.”

Marcelo Bonecker

Tax advisor

Bruno Bueno Silva

Tax advisor

Belén Retamal-Valdes

Tax Counselor

 

Zilson Malheiros

CEO

 

It is a great honor to be part of this initiative that will surely bring excellent results for research and teaching, in addition to collaborating to improve the oral health of the population in Latin America.”

Bernal Stewart

CEO

 

This is a great opportunity to identify and develop new regional research leaders by funding relevant research programs. Through partnership with universities and researchers, we will build a public health platform aimed at improving the oral health of our population.”

MANAGEMENT 2018 - 2020

Giuseppe Romito

president

 

THE LAOHA is a visionary project of integration between researchers and institutions in the Latin American region that will bring health promotion at a high level to the population.”

Magda Feres

Vice president

 

The idea of LAOHA emerged a few years ago, when we noticed the scarcity of Doctoral courses in several Latin American countries and in the North and Northeast regions of Brazil. Therefore, we idealized together with researchers and executives from Colgate, mainly Messrs. Bernal Stewart and William Devizio, from Colgate Technology Center (USA), a project that aimed to absorb students from these countries/regions in the Doctoral programs at UNG and USP. Upon completing their doctorate, these students will then be able to multiply the knowledge acquired here in their countries/cities of origin, thus contributing to the advancement of research in these regions. We are certain that this is a unique initiative that will bring benefits to all involved and may represent the seed of a larger project to expand research and quality clinical dentistry, based on scientific evidence, throughout Latin America.”

Marcelo Faveri

1st Secretary

 

I believe that this association, the LAOHA is unique in its purposes, which aim to promote science and health promotion throughout Latin America. It will be a divisor for the development of human resources in this region.”

Cristina Villar

2nd Secretary

 

In order to guarantee the prevention and recovery of the oral health of the population of South America, the LAOHA brings together a series of local actions to promote the development of dental research, the training of young people.”

Luciene Figueiredo

1st Treasurer


I am very proud to participate in this project, which will certainly change in the medium term the panorama of research and training of human resources for Latin American countries.”

Claudio Mendes Pannuti

2nd Treasurer

 

One of the goals of LAOHA is the formation of new leaderships in oral health education and research in Latin America. Furthermore, the actions of LAOHA will promote scientific interaction between researchers in this region, as well as the spread of knowledge about oral health.”

Cassiano Rosing

Tax advisor


The Latin American Oral Health Association (LAOHA) has been a major driver of oral health on the continent. Her role as an opinion carrier, raising awareness of oral diseases and the need for complete oral health has had a major impact on the continent. In addition to promoting inclusive meetings with different countries, it has supported students from developing countries in both Latin America and Africa to receive scholarships to carry out doctoral programs, which has the potential to transform the reality in their countries. source. This is a commendable initiative and should be considered one of the great ideas that worked. LAOHA is a success!”

Juliano Cavagni

Tax advisor


The Latin American Oral Health Association is an entity whose main objective is to promote oral health in Latin America. To this end, it has based its work on the intersection between Academy and Society. From this intersection arises the stimulus to graduate students through the funding of Doctoral scholarships. Additionally, the union of opinion-forming professionals from all over Latin America contributes decisively so that the oral health of individuals and populations is achieved in its fullness through the gathering of different expertise. The main gain for patients and professionals is the collaborative environment that the entity provides. long live to LAOHA!”

Luciana Saraiva

Tax Counselor


I believe that the LAOHA It is an opportunity to promote oral health through the dissemination of scientific knowledge in dentistry, providing the promotion of scholarships for students from different regions of Latin America and/or Brazil.”

Zilson Malheiros

CEO

 

It is a great honor to be part of this initiative that will surely bring excellent results for research and teaching, in addition to collaborating to improve the oral health of the population in Latin America.”

Bernal Stewart

CEO

 

This is a great opportunity to identify and develop new regional research leaders by funding relevant research programs. Through partnership with universities and researchers, we will build a public health platform aimed at improving the oral health of our population.”

MANAGEMENT 2016 - 2018

Giuseppe Romito

president

 

THE LAOHA is a visionary project of integration between researchers and institutions in the Latin American region that will bring health promotion at a high level to the population.”

Magda Feres

Vice president

 

The idea of LAOHA emerged a few years ago, when we noticed the scarcity of Doctoral courses in several Latin American countries and in the North and Northeast regions of Brazil. Therefore, we idealized together with researchers and executives from Colgate, mainly Messrs. Bernal Stewart and William Devizio, from Colgate Technology Center (USA), a project that aimed to absorb students from these countries/regions in the Doctoral programs at UNG and USP. Upon completing their doctorate, these students will then be able to multiply the knowledge acquired here in their countries/cities of origin, thus contributing to the advancement of research in these regions. We are certain that this is a unique initiative that will bring benefits to all involved and may represent the seed of a larger project to expand research and quality clinical dentistry, based on scientific evidence, throughout Latin America.”

Luciana Saraiva

1st Secretary


I believe that the LAOHA It is an opportunity to promote oral health through the dissemination of scientific knowledge in dentistry, providing the promotion of scholarships for students from different regions of Latin America and/or Brazil.”

Marcelo Faveri

2nd Secretary

 

I believe that this association, the LAOHA is unique in its purposes, which aim to promote science and health promotion throughout Latin America. It will be a divisor for the development of human resources in this region.”

Luciene Figueiredo

1st Treasurer


I am very proud to participate in this project, which will certainly change in the medium term the panorama of research and training of human resources for Latin American countries.”

Claudio Mendes Pannuti

2nd Treasurer

 

One of the goals of LAOHA is the formation of new leaderships in oral health education and research in Latin America. Furthermore, the actions of LAOHA will promote scientific interaction between researchers in this region, as well as the spread of knowledge about oral health.”

Jamil Shibli

Tax advisor

 

THE LAOHA It will be the center for dentistry research and development not only for South America but also for the whole world.”

Cassio Carvalho

Tax advisor

 

Based on a collaborative process between research centers of excellence and students from all over Latin America, we will be able to reach a new level of knowledge in Dentistry, in addition to influencing leaders to implement programs to encourage oral health.”

Cristina Villar

Tax Counselor

 

In order to guarantee the prevention and recovery of the oral health of the population of South America, the LAOHA brings together a series of local actions to promote the development of dental research, the training of young people.”

Zilson Malheiros

CEO

 

It is a great honor to be part of this initiative that will surely bring excellent results for research and teaching, in addition to collaborating to improve the oral health of the population in Latin America.”

Bernal Stewart

CEO

 

This is a great opportunity to identify and develop new regional research leaders by funding relevant research programs. Through partnership with universities and researchers, we will build a public health platform aimed at improving the oral health of our population.”

our headquarters

LAOHA is based in University of Sao Paulo, opened on January 29, 2020 and has a satellite office in University of Guarulhos, opened on February 24, 2016.

Both ceremonies were attended by members of the Association and representatives from both educational institutions and Colgate-Palmolive.

OUR STUDENTS

LAOHA grants postgraduate scholarships to foreign or Brazilian graduates in dentistry courses. According to Bernal Stewart, one of the project's mentors, “Latin America has excellent researchers and is a region where we hope to contribute to the improvement of the population's oral health by developing new leaders. For this, it is crucial to be close to universities and their researchers”.

Belén

Retamal-Valdes

Alumna (2016 – 2018)

Chile

PhD at University

from Guarulhos – Brazil

 

participate in LAOHA it has been a wonderful experience. I am having the opportunity to study in an internationally renowned program in dentistry, such as the Doctoral Program at Universidade Guarulhos. In addition, I am working on different studies with a large human and scientific team. During the doctorate, the LAOHA It has helped me in my personal and professional growth. Thank you LAOHA!!”

Carlos Manuel

Rubio Morillo

Alumnus (2016 – 2019)

Venezuela

PhD at University 

from Sao Paulo - Brazil

 

For me, being part of LAOHA, at first it was a surprise, currently and will continue to change my future and all the people who are close to me, I will be grateful for the opportunity to finish my goals.”

Carlos Guillermo

Benitez Silva

Alumnus (2016 – 2020)

Mexico

PhD at University

from Sao Paulo - Brazil

 

be part of LAOHA it has been a very satisfying experience, with the opportunity to continue my studies. It has also been an important platform to meet people with shared goals to create good networking for future partnerships.”

Gloria Marcela

Ramirez Lemus

Alumna (2017 – 2020)

Colombia

PhD at University

from Sao Paulo - Brazil

be part of LAOHA / LATAM-DHU has simply been a wonderful blessing, a privilege that brings growth in all aspects of life. It means continuing to mature personally and professionally in a country with an excellent level of research. It is to be able to fulfill a dream of not only wanting to receive, but in the near future, offering our countries people with doctoral degrees whose objective is to help develop research with a solid foundation, essential foundations and links with universities of great prestige at the level of Latin America. and the world. So far I'm starting, but I'm sure this road will be full of challenges and satisfactions that will mark a part of my life forever.”

Gerson Pedro

José Langa

Alumnus (2017 – 2020)

Mozambique

PhD at University

Federal of Porto Alegre -

Brazil

 

First, it's a blessing! Because being part of LAOHA means much more than being a student! It means, learning about parts of life, it means being a better professional, it means developing, and I develop the part of myself that I thought I would never follow, research! I never thought I would be so interested in developing this part! And thanks to this opportunity, I found a part of me that can work hard to make something better for science especially, but not only! So, finally, be part of the LAOHA / LATAM-DHU means being a new and better person to the world and being happy to do so.”

Mariana

Linhares Almeida

Alumna (2017 – 2020)

Brazil

PhD at University

from Guarulhos – Brazil

 

be part of LAOHA / LATAM-DHU means in a single word opportunity. It is an opportunity to acquire knowledge in the best dental research centers in Brazil, it is an opportunity to exchange experiences with people from different places in Latin America. In short, it is a great opportunity to grow personally and professionally.”

Mariana

Lopes Galante

Alumna (2018 – 2021)

Brazil

PhD at University

from Sao Paulo - Brazil

 

Be part of the student team at LAOHA it is a unique privilege to be able to have the support of LAOHA in my personal and professional growth, through participation in various congresses and events. The collaboration of LAOHA is essential for the line of research on public oral health policies in Latin America.”

jonathan

Mauricio table

Alumnus (2019 – 2022)

Peru

PhD at University

from Guarulhos – Brazil

 

For me, being part of LAOHA it is a blessing because not only does it help me to continue with my postgraduate studies outside my country, but I also have the opportunity to meet researchers from all over Latin America and learn from them, thank you very much LAOHA.”

Willy

Bustillos Torrez

Alumnus (2019 – 2022)

Bolivia

PhD at University

from Guarulhos – Brazil

 

be a scholarship holder LAOHA It is to be part of an organization with leaders in research and, at the same time, a blessing to have the opportunity to represent my country.”

Viviana

The village

Scholarship holder (2017 – 2022)

Colombia

PhD at University

El Bosque – Colombia

 

The experience of being part of LAOHA has been very inspiring for me, not only because of the support in my doctoral training process, but also because it has been a means to establish academic ties that in the future can become research networks that produce high-impact results in the region.”

Flavia

Mauad Levy

Scholarship holder (2018 – 2022)

Brazil

Post-Doctorate at

University of Sao Paulo –

Bauru - Brazil

 

be part of LAOHA It has been a very rewarding experience, giving me the opportunity to grow and achieve great results. Being able to participate and contribute to a world-renowned oral health research group has been a great differential in my academic career. LAOHA, thank you for this challenge.”

Catharina Marques

sacrament

Scholarship holder (2019 – 2022)

Brazil

PhD at University

from Campinas – Unicamp –

Brazil

 

be a scholarship holder LAOHA have been a unique experience for my intellectual and personal development and it has been very important to meet people and make new partners. Above all, it is giving me a great opportunity to do what I love: to develop new technologies that can contribute to the scientific growth of the dental community.”

Mohamed Ahmed

Hassan Mahmoud

Scholarship holder (2019 – 2022)

Egypt

PhD at University

from Sao Paulo – Brazil

 

I've always been interested in studying abroad, learning from the best. And Brazil was the destination. The University of São Paulo is considered a first class facility with a fabulous reputation. However, I have always been concerned about my livelihood and adaptation during the study, especially as I am from an Arabic-speaking country. here comes the LAOHA with spectacular financial, psychological and personal support. I consider them like family to me. First, I was enrolled in a 3-month adaptation period to be more familiar with the daily practice, learn and understand that Portuguese was the big challenge for me. So much to say, but no words can describe how grateful I am to LAOHA.”

rubiel

marine

Scholarship holder (2019 – 2022)

Colombia

PhD at the University

CES – Colombia

 

be part of LAOHA represents an opportunity to continue my academic training and participate in the construction of science-based social impact interventions.”

Guilherme Castro

Lima Silva do Amaral

Scholarship holder (2020 – 2023)

Brazil

PhD at University

from Sao Paulo – Brazil

I am honored to be part of the team of students supported by LAOHA. I consider it a unique opportunity to learn, meet great researchers and develop research in one of the best dental research centers in Latin America. the support of LAOHA it has been fundamental to my professional growth and, without a doubt, a watershed in my life. Thank you very much, LAOHA!””

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