Osteology Research Scholarship Centre - Zurich

The Clinic of Fixed & Removable Prosthodontics and Dental Material Science has more than 20 years of experience in treating patients using osseointegrated implants and applying bone and soft tissue regeneration. The majority of these patients are partially edentulous and are comprehensively treated in all disciplines of dental medicine by the faculty and the post-graduate students of the clinic. Many patients desire optimal esthetic treatment results and, hence, a special emphasis of the clinic’s activities is placed on esthetic aspects of the treatment. More than two thirds of the implantation procedures are performed in conjunction with bone and/or soft tissue augmentation. Bone augmentation is performed using GBR and resorbable biomaterials or bone grafts. Soft tissues augmentation procedures are performed applying autogenous transplants as well as soft tissue substitutes. Today, computers play a very important role in the planning and the execution phases of therapy as well as during the fabrication process of the reconstructions.

Fields of Research and Research Environment

Research is carried out in different field encompassing bone and soft tissue regeneration, implant integration into hard and soft tissues, conventional and full-ceramic reconstructions, basic research in dental material science, and the application of computers in dental medicine. The faculty includes: Prof. Christoph Hämmerle, Prof. Mutlu Özcan, Prof. Ronald Jung, PD Daniel Thoma, Dr. Nadja Nänni, Dr. Sven Mühlemann, Dr. Elena Mühlemann, Dr. Alexis Ioannidis, Dr. Marc Balmer, Dr. Riccardo Kraus, Dr. Fabienne Helbling.

Research is performed on three levels:


 Basic research for dental material science


 Preclinical research encompassing hard and soft tissue regenerative aspects and implant osseointegration


 Clinical research focusing on the establishment of treatment concepts for partially and fully edentulous patients on regenerative aspects for dental   implants and esthetics of implant- and tooth-supported reconstructions

Thereby state-of-the-art methodology is applied for clinical research, for hard and soft tissue histology, for material testing in a specialized laboratory, for special analysis of dimensions of hard and soft tissues as well as for dental reconstructions.

Research activities as co-investigator in the above-mentioned research fields are encouraged. The scholars are furthermore involved in continuing education courses of the clinic on surgical and prosthetic topics of implant dentistry.

Contact & Name Osteology Scholarship Mentor

Christoph Hämmerle
Chairman, Prof. Dr. med. dent.
Clinic of Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics
and Dental Material Science
University of Zurich
Plattenstrasse 11
8032 Zurich Switzerland
phone +41 44 634 32 51