In September of 2018, the department received a 5-year K12 Dental Specialty and PhD Program (DSSP) award from the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) at NIH. The Buffalo Oral-Research and Specialty Training (BORST) Program provides stipend and tuition support to dentists engaged on a dual track of dental specialty training and PhD training.
BORST is an integrated research training program based in the School of Dental Medicine at the University at Buffalo (UB). The overarching objective of BORST is to foster the development of dental specialist-scientist scholars focused on oral, dental, and craniofacial research through mentored interdisciplinary research training opportunities in oral health, craniofacial biology, and bioengineering. BORST provides a strong curriculum and thematic research experiences in an integrative framework that emphasizes mentoring, scientific advancement, academic career development, grantsmanship, and productivity. BORST provides support for dentists to engage in clinical specialty training and PhD research training for dentist-scientists in basic, translational, or bioengineering sciences important to dental, oral, or craniofacial health.
Dr. Keith Kirkwood, Professor of Oral Biology, is the Principal Investigator and Program Director. Dr. Frank Scannapieco, Professor and Chair of Oral Biology, is the Program Co-Director.