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The strict tribunal made up of the experts Dr. Mariano Sanz, Dr. Cosme Gay-Escoda and Dr. Pau Ginebra bestowed the Cum Laude qualification on the candidate Carolina Manresa for her work entitled “Study on the Correlation between histomorphometric parameters and the evaluation of the stability of implants. A new method for determining BIC based on BS-SEM images.”

This doctoral thesis falls within the field of implantology as part of a project aimed at improving clinical predictions as regards implants. The first part of the study establishes a procedure for analysing images to measure bone implant contact (BIC) by an objective, systematic approximation based on back-scattered scanning electronic microscope images (BS-SEM). In the second part, in order to test the hypothesis that the measurements of the implants’ stability using resonance frequency analysis (RFA) correlate with the histomorphometric data (BIC), an experiment was carried out with beagle dogs. Finally, in order to clarify the currently controversial relationship between RFA and the histomorphometric parameters, the literature published on this discipline over recent decades was reviewed.

Members of the tribunal:

Prof. Mariano Sanz
Professor and Dean at the Madrid Complutense University (UCM)
Director of the Master’s in Periodontics and Implants at the UCM

Prof. Cosme Gay-Escoda
Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Surgery at the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Barcelona
Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute
University of Barcelona

Prof. Maria Pau Ginebra
Polytechnic University of Catalonia. BarcelonaTech.
Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering Group
Dept. Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering

Doctoral thesis co-directed by:

Prof. José Javier Echeverría García
Professor of Periodontics at the University of Barcelona
Head Lecturer of Integrated Dentistry for Adults, UB
Director of the Master’s in Integrated Dentistry for Adults, UB
Department of Odonto-Stomatology
Bellvitge Campus

Prof. Mª Cristina Manzanares Céspedes
Human Anatomy and Embriology Unit
Departament de Patologia i Terapèutica Experimental
Universitat de Barcelona
Campus de Bellvitge

From left to right: Dr. Cosme Gay-Escoda, Dr. Mariano Sanz, Dr. Carolina Manresa and Dr. María Pau Ginebra.