The research at the UNMC College of Dentistry (COD) is composed of the Cruzan Center for Dental Research (CCDR), the Bioregulation Research Group (BRG), the BioMaterials Research Group (BMRG), and the Nebraska Center for Cell Signaling (NCCS). The COD has nine modern basic science research laboratories and four large research operatories that are well-equipped for state-of-the-art basic and translational research in cell signaling in cancer, biomaterials, and regulation of inflammation and bone turnover. The COD has a highly-skilled faculty of basic and clinical science scholars who have strong collaborations with other Colleges at UNMC as well as universities throughout the nation and world.
The Cruzan Center for Dental Research (CCDR) is the home of the College of Dentistry (COD) clinical research program. To facilitate the translation of basic science research to clinical application, the CCDR has a clinical research center with 4 large research operatories, a reception area, a secure data entry/storage room, preparation laboratory, and supporting staff offices. Dental operatories are available for procurement of human clinical samples and measurements, as well as performance of clinical trials. The operatories are each approximately 150 square feet and contain a full complement of dental equipment appropriate for clinical procedures.
Basic Science Laboratories
The basic science labs are focused upon understanding craniofacial biomaterials, as well as cell signaling pathways of DNA damage responses, of cell adhesion molecules, and of inflammatory and immune responses. To facilitate the basic research the COD has a basic research center with 9 secure research labs with supporting staff offices and newly renovated animal care facilities accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International. All of the labs have the newest molecular and cell biology equipment, which include a live cell microscopy suite, fluorescent activated cell analyzer, real-time PCR analyzer, and infrared imaging system.