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 Academics/TrainingNIH T32 Training Grant     October 25, 2014  

NIH T32 Training Grant

In July of 2013 the department received a 5-year National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training Grant (T32) from the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) at NIH.  The project, "Advanced Training in Oral Biology," provides multi-year stipend and tuition support for both predoctoral trainees (dentists and non-dentists seeking PhD) and postdoctoral trainees (dentists and/or PhDs).  Dr. Frank Scannapieco, Professor and Chair, is the Principal Investigator.  Additional information is provided below.

Program Description:

The goal of this program is to expose trainees to novel and interesting research opportunities to allow them to become leaders as research faculty in the nation’s dental, medical, and health-related research institutions. The program encourages interdisciplinary training opportunities in both basic and translational research to explore questions concerning oral health and diseases in order to produce a cadre of well-trained and eventually independent investigators.  The Advanced Training in Oral Biology program promotes continuing collaboration between several units within UB, including the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Public Health and Health Professions, the Buffalo Center for Ontological Research, and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI).  Also, the Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (COEBLS) at UB provides interesting and novel research opportunities for trainees. The organization and requirements of the program center on oral health research, yet take advantage of the numerous other interdisciplinary and cross-training opportunities.  The program supports 2 training pathways:


1)  Doctoral (PhD) training for dentist and non-dentist trainees

2)  Post-Doctoral training for DDS and/or PhD fellows to develop as independent investigators in dental, oral, and craniofacial research


The Training Faculty of this program consists of 22 investigators with primary or secondary appointments in nine departments in the UB Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the College of Arts and Sciences.


Major research areas include

- Immunology and Innate Defenses

- Relationship of Oral Pathogens to Systemic Diseases

- Saliva and Salivary Glands

- Microbial Pathogenesis of Oral Organisms

- Bone and Connective Tissues/Tissue Engineering

- Epidemiology/Clinical Studies

- Orofacial Pain

- Biomedical Ontology