At UB, we encourage collaboration within the School of Dental Medicine, with outside researchers and with sponsors. Our dedicated centers and facilities offer specialized research opportunities for those who are dedicated to oral health research.
The University at Buffalo Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) was created to accelerate the delivery of basic scientific discoveries from the laboratory to clinical trials, and from clinical trials into general practice.
We work with faculty, researchers, students and experts worldwide to understand the impact of microbiomes, those communities of microorganisms that live on or in people, plants, soil, oceans, lakes, rocks and the atmosphere.
This facility provides training and use on a variety of optical equipment for both the University and external users including microscopes, flow cytometers, gel imagers, and qPCR systems. The equipment is available for all to use, and I am happy to consult any users on optimizing the equipment for their experiments, as well as analyzing generated data.
The Materials Testing Facilityis a full-service facility specializing in mechanical material testing for failure analysis and accelerated wear/aging, micro hardness testing, and color analysis. Our equipment and expertise renders us particularly advantageous for dental research, but we are able to easily generalize our capabilities for other disciplines.
This group focuses on research questions that revolve around pain, function, diagnosis and classification. The research activities take place within three laboratories for primary data collection: neurosensory, biomechanics and psychophysiology.
Areas of interest in this center include soft tissue laser surgery, hard tissue (dental) interactions, endodontic interactions and therapy, and laser implications in cancer promotion, detection and photodynamic therapy treatments.
Having identified diabetes, smoking, the presence of periodontal pathogens, stress, distress, and coping measures as potential risk factors for periodontal disease, this center’s current activities include longitudinal studies to firmly establish risk factors, and intervention studies directed at modulating risk factors within populations at risk for periodontal disease.
Researchers at the University at Buffalo have received a $239,000 grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to study what happens when seemingly harmless bacteria overstay their welcome.