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NYU Dentistry Collaboration Awarded $8M NIH Grant for Oral Cancer Pain Research

NYU Dentistry Collaboration Awarded $8M NIH Grant for Oral Cancer Pain Research

04/05/2024

Researchers at NYU Dentistry’s Pain Research Center have been awarded a five-year National Institutes of Health grant to study signaling mechanisms that generate oral cancer pain.

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Multi-center study shows SDF halts tooth decay in kids

Multi-center Study Shows SDF Halts Tooth Decay in Kids

03/22/2024

Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) can stop tooth decay in young children when the topical liquid is brushed onto teeth, according to a large clinical trial funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

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Fernando Neves Hugo, DDS, MSc, PhD

Dr. Fernando Neves Hugo Named Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion

01/29/2024

Fernando Neves Hugo, DDS, MSc, PhD, a dentist and internationally known dental public health researcher and educator, has been named chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion at the New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry), effective April 1, 2024.

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NYU Dentistry Creates BS in Dental Hygiene with Concentration in Dental Science

NYU Dentistry Creates BS in Dental Hygiene with Concentration in Dental Science

01/03/2024

NYU College of Dentistry is introducing a bachelor of science (BS) in dental hygiene with a new concentration in dental science, preparing students for careers as healthcare providers and providing a pathway for those interested in applying to dental school or other graduate health programs.

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Supporting the Newest New Yorkers

Supporting the Newest New Yorkers

12/18/2023

How NYU faculty, students, and staff have risen to the challenge to help migrants and asylum seekers in New York City

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NYU Dentistry Names Honors Program in Aesthetic Dentistry for Alumnus Dr. Michael Apa

NYU Dentistry Names Honors Program in Aesthetic Dentistry for Alumnus Dr. Michael Apa

11/21/2023

NYU College of Dentistry is naming its DDS honors program in aesthetic dentistry for alumnus Michael Apa, DDS (‘03), a leader in aesthetic dentistry and one of the first graduates of the program that will now bear his name.

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New Compound Outperforms Pain Drug by Indirectly Targeting Calcium Channels

New Compound Outperforms Pain Drug by Indirectly Targeting Calcium Channels

11/13/2023

Researchers identify a small molecule that inhibits four types of pain in preclinical studies.

A compound—one of 27 million screened in a library of potential new drugs—reversed four types of chronic pain in animal studies, according to new research led by NYU College of Dentistry’s Pain Research Center and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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Welcoming Veterans to NYU Dentistry—From All Five Boroughs

Welcoming Veterans to NYU Dentistry—From All Five Boroughs

11/06/2023

Veterans from all five boroughs have something to smile about this Veterans Day.

The Bronx VA has joined NYU College of Dentistry’s Veterans Oral Care Access Resource (VOCARE), part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ VETSmile program. VETSmile is a pilot program that is designed to improve dental care access for veterans who are not eligible for dental care through the VA by partnering with community providers like NYU.

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NYU Dentistry Advances Aesthetic Dentistry Programs with Alumnus Michael Apa

NYU Dentistry Advances Aesthetic Dentistry Programs with Alumnus Michael Apa

09/13/2023

Internationally renowned education program and new clinical suite will honor leader in aesthetic dentistry

In the 20 years since his graduation from NYU, Dr. Apa has helped to transform the evolving field of aesthetic dentistry and distinguished himself as one of its leaders. Now, Dr. Apa is “making the most” of his achievements by investing in the dentists of tomorrow and enhancing the College’s programs in aesthetic dentistry.

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NYU Dentistry to Host UN Side Event on Oral Health & Universal Coverage—Sept. 20

NYU Dentistry to Host UN Side Event on Oral Health & Universal Coverage—Sept. 20

09/12/2023

Event Precedes UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage to Kick-start WHO Global Oral Health Action Plan

NYU College of Dentistry's World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Quality-improvement, Evidence-based Dentistry will host a Sept. 20 event on oral health and universal health coverage on the occasion of the 2nd United Nations High-level Meeting on universal health coverage (Sept. 21) in New York.

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“Gates of Heaven” Calcium Channel Drives Oral Cancer Pain and Growth

“Gates of Heaven” Calcium Channel Drives Oral Cancer Pain and Growth

09/05/2023

ORAI1 fuels oral cancers—and may provide promising therapeutic target

An essential protein that acts as a gatekeeper for calcium entering cells promotes the growth of oral cancer and generates pain, according to a new study published in Science Signaling led by researchers at NYU College of Dentistry.

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Dr. Rodrigo Lacruz

Dr. Rodrigo Lacruz Receives Additional Funding to Study Biology of Oral Health in Down Syndrome

07/28/2023

Rodrigo Lacruz, PhD, MSc, professor of molecular pathobiology at NYU Dentistry, has received a grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and the National Institutes of Health’s INCLUDE project (INvestigation of Co-occurring conditions across the Lifespan to Understand Down syndromE) to study salivary gland and tooth enamel formation on a molecular level in those with Down syndrome. 

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Gene Therapy Treats Chronic Pain by Dialing Down Sodium

Gene Therapy Treats Chronic Pain by Dialing Down Sodium

07/27/2023

Scientists identified the region where a protein regulates sodium ion channels, inserting the channel’s genetic material into a virus to alleviate pain in cell and animal studies.

Researchers at NYU College of Dentistry’s Pain Research Center have developed a gene therapy that treats chronic pain by indirectly regulating a specific sodium ion channel, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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Drs. Habib Benzian and Richard Niederman Honored by IADR

Drs. Habib Benzian and Richard Niederman Honored by IADR

06/22/2023

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) honored Habib Benzian, DDS, MScDPH, PhD, and Richard Niederman, DMD, with awards for their achievements in global oral health, presented during the opening ceremonies of the 101st General Session of the IADR that took place on June 21, 2023, in Bogotá, Colombia.

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NYU Dentistry Class of 2023 Graduation Ceremony

NYU Dentistry Class of 2023 Graduation Ceremony

05/22/2023

On May 22, 2023, NYU Dentistry held an in-person graduation ceremony to honor the academic achievements of the members of the Class of 2023 and the outstanding education they received at the College.

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Researchers Modify Drug to Enter Cells and Treat Pain

Researchers Modify Drug to Enter Cells and Treat Pain

05/22/2023

Altered version of anti-nausea drug netupitant reaches inside cells to disrupt signaling and provide sustained pain relief

Altering the chemical properties of an anti-nausea drug enables it to enter an interior compartment of the cell and provide long-lasting pain relief, according to a new study led by researchers at NYU College of Dentistry’s Pain Research Center. 

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Perfection! Class of 2023 Scores 100% INBDE Pass Rate

Perfection! Class of 2023 Scores 100% INBDE Pass Rate

05/19/2023

Congratulations to our DDS Class of 2023 for their stellar performance on the INBDE!

For the past several years, our dedicated faculty and staff have been harnessing the science of learning in unique preparation for the Class of 2023 to take the INBDE, which is designed to provide information to U.S. dental boards seeking to determine whether licensure candidates have the necessary level of clinical skills to practice entry-level dentistry safely.

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NYU Dentistry Research Wins STAT Madness 2023

NYU Dentistry Research Wins STAT Madness 2023

04/04/2023

A targeted gel to treat gum disease garnered the most votes in the bracketed competition

topical gel to fight gum disease developed by scientists at NYU College of Dentistry was the winning innovation of this year’s STAT Madness, a virtual tournament celebrating recent breakthroughs in science and medicine.

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Dr. Rodrigo Lacruz

Dr. Rodrigo Lacruz Receives Funding to Study Tooth Enamel in Genetic Diseases like Down Syndrome

04/04/2023

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded funding to researchers at NYU College of Dentistry to study the role of mitochondria, the power plants of cells, in the formation of tooth enamel.

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Inaugural Symposium

NYU Pain Research Center Presents Inaugural Symposium: Signaling the Future of Pain Research and Treatment

03/15/2023

The inaugural symposium of the NYU Pain Research Center, held on March 7, 2023 at the NYU Kimmel Center, featured research presentations by prominent American and Canadian pain scientists.

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Gum Inflammation Parallels Novel “Cytokine Score”

Gum Inflammation Parallels Novel “Cytokine Score”

02/15/2023

Higher levels of cytokines in saliva match greater gum inflammation

Researchers at NYU College of Dentistry have developed a single score to describe the level of cytokines in the saliva, and this score is linked with the severity of clinical gum inflammation, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE

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School Dental Program Prevents 80 Percent of Cavities with One-Time, Non-Invasive Treatment

School Dental Program Prevents 80 Percent of Cavities with One-Time, Non-Invasive Treatment

02/09/2023

Silver diamine fluoride, as well as sealants, protected against cavities in school-based program

In a study of nearly 3,000 schoolchildren, silver diamine fluoride—a liquid that is brushed onto the surface of teeth to prevent cavities or keep them from worsening—was as effective against cavities as dental sealants, the standard of care.

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Dr. Daniel Malamud Named 2022 AAAS Fellow

Dr. Daniel Malamud Named 2022 AAAS Fellow

01/31/2023

Daniel Malamud, PhD, a leading expert in salivary diagnostics and infectious diseases and a professor of molecular pathobiology at NYU College of Dentistry until his retirement in 2021, has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals.

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NIH Grant to Study Alzheimer’s and Gum Disease

NYU Dentistry Receives NIH Grant to Study Alzheimer’s and Gum Disease

01/04/2023

Laboratory studies may provide new therapeutic target for Alzheimer’s disease

The National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded NYU Dentistry a $3.1 million grant to study the nexus of periodontitis and Alzheimer’s disease.

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