Penn dental school gets $750K for high-tech sim lab

The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine has received a $750,000 grant for a state-of-the-art advanced dental simulation laboratory.

The grant from the Benjamin & Mary Siddons Measey Foundation will be used to build the Measey Haptic Technology Center, which is expected to be completed in 2016.

Moog's Simodont simulation units will be featured in the new facility. These units feature haptic technology to reproduce the feel of tooth preparation and deliver a highly realistic virtual reality simulation of dental procedures, according to the dental school. The units help first-year students gain proficiency in handpiece use, depth perception, and fine motor movement.

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