Dental Researchers Receive NIH Grants to Advance Bone Regeneration Technology, Periodontal Disease Diagnostics


Nano scaffolds

Dr. Srinivas Myneni (left) and Dr. David Lam of Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine illustrate the potential use and placement of a nanomaterial-based bone regeneration device.

STONY BROOK, NY, January 8 , 2019 – Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine researchers are going high-tech to help solve some of the world’s leading oral health problems. Two projects totaling approximately $2 million in grant monies are being funded by the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
David Lam, MD, DDS, PhD, and Srinivas Myneni, BDS, DDS, PhD, are leading an effort to advance a bone scaffold technology that is designed to use nanomaterial to spur bone growth in craniofacial tissue. Restoring craniofacial bone surgically is challenging and limited, and this new technology is promising as a potential treatment for patients who have bone loss in and around the mouth due to conditions such as cancer, trauma, infections, congenital defects and tooth loss. Their NIH SBIR grant totals $1.7 million. The researchers are partnering with NuShores Biosciences LLC to develop the technology.
Wellington Rody, DDS, MS, is developing a novel and noninvasive method to detect and monitor periodontal disease and dental root resorption. Supported by a $319,000 NIDCR grant, Dr. Wellington is using oral fluids to identify biomarkers that may help detect periodontal disease and dental resorption early in the disease process. Current methods to detect these conditions are through X-rays, which often do not confirm disease until late in the process.
For more details about these research projects in the School of Dental Medicine, see this story about the bone scaffold technology and this story about periodontal disease and dental resorption.
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