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New Grant to Support Future Researchers

The National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research has named Ostrow School of Dentistry Professor Michael Paine one of only four recipients nationwide of a prestigious T90 training grant designed to nurture the next generation of dental and craniofacial researchers. The title of the T90 training grant is “Doctoral and Post-doctoral Training in Craniofacial Biology”. The grant will run from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2016.

The $2.6 million, five-year Institutional Training for Dental and Craniofacial Research Workforce Grant, or T90 award, will support research training for Ostrow School of Dentistry Ph.D. and post-doctoral students. This T90 award is the third training grant to be awarded to the Ostrow School of Dentistry; the first being the “Training Program in Craniofacial Biology” (circa 1977-1995), and the second “Training in Cellular and Molecular Biology” (circa 1990-2004).

These awards aim to ensure that a diverse, highly trained research workforce will be ready to tackle the nation’s most important oral and craniofacial health problems in the years to come, Paine said.

For the Ostrow School of Dentistry, the current award will support four Ph.D. and four postdoctoral positions with tuition, stipends, travel funds and more. Paine hopes that such support will help new scientists gain a foothold in dental academia and also have an interdisciplinary perspective, whether studying basic science or conducting translational research.

“This is a great opportunity for students who are thinking about joining academia,” Paine said. “It’s an opportunity for them [students and post-doctoral students] to focus on research activities relevant to clinical dentistry, and focus on a career path somewhat different to full-time clinical practice.”