The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (Penn Dental Medicine) and the university's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have launched a new oral health initiative called the Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry.
The center will enable the development of new ways to address unmet oral health needs, particularly in the areas of dental caries, periodontal disease, and head and neck cancer. It will be supported by the Penn Health-Tech Center for Health, Devices and Technology; the Penn Institute for Biomedical Informatics; the Penn Center for Innovation; and Penn Dental's Center for Clinical and Translational Research.
"There is an urgent need to find better ways to diagnose, prevent, and treat oral diseases, particularly in ways that are affordable and accessible for the most susceptible populations," center co-founder Dr. Michel Koo of Penn Dental Medicine said in a statement released by the organization. "That is our driving force for putting this center together."