Research is an integral part of the College of Dentistry's mission. The college has experienced substantial growth in its research program since the opening of the Cruzan Center for Dental Research in 1998. The Cruzan Center for Dental Research was made possible due to the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Winston V. Cruzan, who bequeathed $3 million to the College of Dentistry. Dr. Cruzan was a 1938 graduate of the College of Dentistry and Mary Cowan Cruzan was a 1934 graduate of Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri.
Major research focus areas include biomaterials, cellular signaling in cancer, neurosciences, the relationship between oral and systemic diseases, management of periodontal inflammation, and novel pharmaceutical methods to augment bone growth in the oral cavity. We invite you to learn more about the College of Dentistry research programs by visiting our clinical research program and three focus groups: Biomaterials, Bioregulation and Nebraska Center for Cellular Signaling.
College of Dentistry faculty research is primarily supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Foundations and private industry provide other funding sources. The UNMC College of Dentistry ranked 32nd and, therefore, placed in the top half in NIH funding to United States dental schools in federal fiscal year 2013.