UNMC College of Dentistry Research Focus Areas
The college has experienced substantial growth in research since the opening of the Cruzan Center for Dental Research in 1998. 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.
Student Research Program
Over the last five years, College of Dentistry faculty and staff members have authored 114 scientific publications and 6 textbook chapters.
Extramural Research Support
$1,187,036 in extramural research support received in 2022-2023. The areas of research supported by this funding include:
- studies on cell signaling in skin biology, palatal fusion, oral and other cancers
- dental materials research
- digital dentistry
- DNA damage and repair in cancer biology
- experimental treatment of periodontal disease
- teledentistry in rural health
- oral health training and service
The college has received sustained support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) averaging over $1.3 million per year for the past 10 years, despite having the 10th smallest dental student class size.
14 grants awarded to College of Dentistry faculty and staff members in 2022-2023.
100% of dental and dental hygiene students conduct research in their programs and 25% go on to present at national conferences and meetings.