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Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University Awarded Prestigious NIH Grant

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The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University (DCG at Augusta) has been awarded a prestigious UO1 grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).  

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The grant, which totals close to $800,000 over the next five years, will support the development of a multi-component project entitled “Clinician-Scientist Research Incubator for Practice-based Training (Clin.ScRIPT).”

Clin.ScRIPT will focus on training DCG at Augusta faculty, residents and students on clinical research. The project will include the creation of a formal two-year Master of Science in Clinical Dental Research degree program, as well as a Clinical Research Network, Resource Center and Mentorship Pathway, a Southeastern Regional Dental Research Symposium and a developmental, multi-site clinical research study. The approval of the new M.S. program is awaiting approval by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

“We are honored to have been awarded this prestigious grant from the NIDCR,” said  Todd Schoenbaum, D.D.S., Professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences and the Principal Investigator on the grant. “This funding will allow us to develop a comprehensive environment that will train the next generation of clinician-scientists and help to move the DCG to the forefront of discovery and innovation in oral health.”  

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Babak Baban, Ph.D., DCG’s Associate Dean for Research;  Mira Ghaly, D.M.D., Associate Professor in the  Department of PeriodonticsMarshall Newman, D.M.D., Assistant Professor in the  Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; and  Jie Chen, Ph.D., Interim Chair of  Biostatistics, Data Science and Epidemiology, make up the team from Augusta University.

The Augusta University team is joined by co-investigators Tara Aghaloo, D.D.S., Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at University of California, Los Angeles, and Carlo Ercoli, D.D.S., Professor of Prosthodontics, Periodontics and Implant Surgery and Chairman of the Prosthodontic Department at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

DCG at Augusta is one of only a select few dental schools nationwide to have been awarded this UO1 grant. Other recipients include Harvard University; the University of California, San Francisco; Stanford University; Temple University; Indiana University; and the University of Maryland.

“This grant is a significant milestone for DCG,” said Dr. Baban. “It will have a profound impact on our ability to train clinician-scientists and improve oral health care in Georgia, the United States and worldwide.”

Published on March 13, 2024

Courtesy of the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine

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