ASO Foundation for Research and Education

The ASO Foundation for Research and Education was founded in 1961 by a generous donation from prominent Melbourne orthodontist, Dr J. Stanley Wilkinson.

The Foundation:

  • Provides funding and teaching support to every accredited Australian university course teaching orthodontics.

  • Provides research grants and donations to students and members to fund and encourage orthodontic research.

  • Promotes the sharing of best practices in orthodontics via a number of initiatives including national meetings held every two years.

 The Foundation has its own website. Click on the image below to view. 

Foundation awards

ASOFRE administers the following biennial Awards:

The P Raymond Begg Research Award is the premier and most prestigious Award bestowed by the ASO.  It is awarded for an outstanding original research paper, or series of papers, with significance to orthodontics.  Applications close 30 June 2017.  The Award recipients for the past three assessment periods are:

2012 Professor M Ali Darendeliler

2014 Professor Michael Woods

2016 Clinical Associate Professor Sanjivan Kandasamy


Dr Dan Vickers, a past chairman of ASOFRE presenting Clinical Associate Professor Sanjivan Kandasamy with the
P Raymond Begg Award at Melbourne Congress 2016.


The Milton R Sims Award, sponsored by Ormco, is for students completing their post-graduate orthodontic programs.  The criteria for the Award are based on research, academic and clinical components.  Applications close 30 November.

ASOFRE administers the following annual Awards and Special research Grants:

·  Elsdon Storey Research Award applications close 30 November.

·  Sam Bulkley AB Orthodontics Travelling Fellowship applications close 30 June

·  Special Research Grant applications close 30 June

Find out more about these awards by going to the ASOFRE website and clicking on AWARDS


The Foundation is funded by ASO members, corporate sponsorship and grateful patients who make a donation at the time of receiving treatment.

Foundation for the Future

ASO members can become a contributor to the Foundation by joining the Foundation for the Future.

Corporate sponsorship packages

Companies are invited to become an appreciated member of the Foundation for the Future by making direct contributions, or by various specific initiative sponsorships. For contribution, sponsorship and contact details visit the ASOFRE website.

Grateful Patient Donations

Grateful Patient Donations from non-member supporters and patients who have received pro bono orthodontic treatment through a professional courtesy arrangement, such as when an orthodontists treats the child of a referring dentist or friend, are encouraged to express their gratitude by making a tax-deductable donation to the Foundation for the Future on behalf of their orthodontist.

You can view the current list of Foundation donors here.

Now you can donate to the Foundation online - simply click on a link below!

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For other amounts, please contact the ASO Secretariat: 

Phone+61 2 9965 7250
Email[email protected]