Programs, Centers, and Labs

Multidisciplinary Oral Science Training (MOST) Program

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Multidisciplinary Undergraduate and Graduate Research Training Under Guidance of Leading Faculty Mentors

Multidisciplinary Oral Science Training (MOST) Program students and postdoctoral fellows in MOST are preparing to shape the future of oral health research and clinical care. MOST fellows work with world-class faculty, use cutting-edge technology and explore new directions from the bench to the bedside. Our location at University of Illinois at Chicago – a level-1 biomedical and research university – gives us easy access to a diverse range of cutting-edge research, a diverse patient population and, when we’re not working, everything that Chicago has to offer: miles of open lakefront, great culture, dining and sports. The MOST Program is funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Center for Wound Healing & Tissue Regeneration

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Advancing Wound Healing and Regeneration Research

The Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration (CWHTR) is a unique community of scientists and clinicians devoted to the study of injury, wound healing, and regeneration. The members of this multidisciplinary research center investigate the body’s reaction to injury, as well as mechanisms of repair and regeneration of tissues. The specific goals of the center are to promote collaborative research in the areas of tissue repair and regeneration, to support the research training of persons interested in the field,and to enhance translational research in injury and repair science. The long term goal of the scientists and clinicians in the CWHTR is to translate research findings into innovative therapeutic strategies to improve tissue repair and regeneration. To insure the future of healing and regeneration research, the Center maintains a strong commitment to the research training of pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and clinical trainees.

Clinical Research Center

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State-of-the-art clinical laboratory for translational research

The new Clinical Research Center offers a spacious, state-of-the-art clinical laboratory for basic scientists to translate their laboratory findings into clinical care, provide clinical materials for analysis in laboratories, and engage clinical faculty in research that ultimately benefits patients and the community.

Implant & Innovation Center

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Making smiles and changing lives through restorative therapies innovation

The Implant and Innovations Center at the College of Dentistry  is committed to providing excellence in patient care services for the citizens of Chicago and Illinois, as well as educational programs for the next generation of practitioners to address the significant oral health issues related to missing teeth. As a patient care resource, we offer an incredible opportunity for patients of the Chicagoland community.

Oral Medicine & Pharmacognosy (OMPR) Laboratory

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Oral Medicine & Pharmacognosy (OMPR) Laboratory

Plant-Based Medicine and Anthropology

Humans discovered through personal experimentation that numerous plants and plant-based products, when placed into the oral cavity, had the capacity to deliver diverse secondary metabolites and thereby elicit a variety of stimulant, medicinal, and hallucinogenic effects. Our laboratory continues to conduct medical anthropology and ethnopharmacology research associated with plants and other natural products used for oral medicine conditions, pains and pathologies. We leverage classical and portable spectroscopic technologies based on various forms of directed energies (i.e. Raman and FT-IR Spectroscopy) for biometric and pharmacognostic studies.

Dental Medicine Responder Training (DMRT)

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Leading theory and policy research supporting dental professionals for emergency preparedness

The Dental Medicine Responder Training (DMRT) Office performs theory and policy research supporting the role of the dental profession in first responder and health security capacities. The DMRT Office has three primary objectives: 1) identify pathways to continue advancing the role of dental professionals in supporting disaster and pandemic response efforts of local responder teams, 2) assist in developing the associated policy changes needed to facilitate this involvement, and 3) research emerging dental anthropologic, forensic, and biometric standards and technologies that have the potential for use in first responder and health security activities.