UNMC College of Dentistry Cruzan Center for Dental Research
The college has experienced substantial growth in research since the opening of the Cruzan Center for Dental Research in 1998, made possible due to the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Winston V. Cruzan. Dr. Cruzan was a 1938 graduate of the College of Dentistry. The center was established to conduct well-designed clinical trials and clinical studies, and receives funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), private foundations and industry.
The clinical research faculty and staff perform a broad spectrum of well-executed studies in dental, oral and craniofacial research, including clinical trials and studies on local delivery of antibiotics and host modulation to treat periodontal disease (periodontitis), local anesthesia, toothbrushes, toothpastes, mouthwashes and dental materials.
The clinical research facility houses four large dental operatories, a reception area, data entry/storage center, preparation laboratory and conference space. To obtain additional information regarding the Cruzan Center for Dental Research, please contact Dr. Peter J. Giannini.
A clinical trial is a form of clinical research that seeks to evaluate the risks and benefits of a drug, device or other types of treatment. Clinical trials in dentistry are conducted to find better ways to prevent, diagnose or treat oral conditions such as dental decay, periodontal disease or the oral side effects of systemic diseases such as dry mouth. Clinical trials and studies conducted by our researchers have been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), private foundations and industry.
Clinical trials and studies conducted by our researchers have been funded by both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and industry.
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR/NIH) Sponsored Research
- Wayne B. Kaldahl, DDS - Four Modalities of Periodontal Therapy
- Richard A. Reinhardt, DDS, PhD & Jeffrey B. Payne, DDS, M Dent Sc - Estrogen and Cytokine Effects on Periodontitis & Low-Dose Doxycycline Effects on Osteopenic Bone Loss
- Richard A. Reinhardt, DDS, PhD - Lymphocyte Subpopulations in Periodontal Tissues
- Jeffrey B. Payne, DDS, M Dent Sc - LPS-Monocyte Interactions in Periodontal Disease
Industry/Foundation Funded Research Sponsors
- American Academy of Periodontology Foundation
- Church and Dwight Co., Inc.
- Daiichi Pharmaceuticals
- Dominic J. Biondi Associates Inc.
- IBAH, Inc.
- Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
- Oral B/Braun
- PharmaNet, Inc.
- Procter and Gamble
- Skyvision, Inc.
- Smokeless Tobacco Research Council
- Sunstar Butler
- Teledyne Water Pik
- White Hill Oral Technologies
- Young Dental Mfg., Co.