Resource center at U of Michigan dental school gets $31.4M grant

A regenerative medicine resource center led by Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan School of Dentistry received a $31.4 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, according to a May 19 news release.

The five-year grant will be used to continue research into the restoration of dental, oral and craniofacial tissues damaged or lost due to disease, injury or congenital disorders. The grant will advance 13 projects so investigators can potentially receive FDA approval and begin clinical trials for new products or procedures.

Current projects include a patented bone adhesive designed to aid in the treatment of fractured bone and efficiently stabilize dental implants, and a gene therapy to provide relief from dry mouth in patients with damaged salivary functions.

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