UB receives $1.2 million grant to train future oral health researchers

The Department of Oral Biology in the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine has been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Training Grant to allow PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to engage in critical oral health research in areas such as salivary gland physiology and oral infectious diseases.

The National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training Grant will provide $1.2 million from July 2013 through June 2018.

“There is a great need, perhaps even a mandate, to train new scientists how to work interprofessionally to produce research,” says Frank Scannapieco, professor and chair of oral biology and principal investigator on the grant. “Through innovative partnerships, our faculty has made great strides in their own research and can serve as excellent mentors for these trainees.”

UB’s Department of Oral Biology first secured a training grant from NIH in 1966, just three years after its inception; 2013 marks the department’s 50th anniversary, making it the longest standing PhD program in oral biology in the U.S.

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