Univ. of Ill. dental school gets $10M grant

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry has been awarded a $10 million federal grant to transform its research facilities into a state-of-the-art clinical and translational research center.

The grant, part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act obtained through the National Institutes of Health, will be used to construct a clinical research center, create core facilities, and refurbish the remaining 23,000 sq ft of laboratory space that was not completed in an earlier construction phase, said Bruce Graham, dean of the UIC College of Dentistry, in a press release.

The construction is scheduled to begin in January 2011 and is expected to be completed at the end of next year.

Among the many projects is a new clinical research center that will serve as a satellite facility for UIC's Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences. The center will include studies of patient populations with caries, periodontal diseases, oral pathologies, and the impact of nutrition and systemic diseases on oral health, including oral inflammation, implants, wound healing, and surgical outcomes.

The project will also offer shared facilities to be used by research faculty, students, and staff. The new laboratory space will be used by faculty members in periodontics, oral medicine and diagnostic sciences, oral biology, restorative dentistry, and the Center for Molecular Biology of Oral Diseases.

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