Grants and Philanthropy

  • The Award: $21 million, 10-year grant from the U.S. Army and U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • The Research Goal: To improve the reliability of decisions made by family advocacy programs within the military, which is responsible for investigating and handling family maltreatment incidents at its installations.
  • The Hope: To ensure that the Army not only disseminates the program worldwide by October 2022 with high fidelity but also that installations will continue to implement it well, despite the constant turnover in military roles.
Drs. Richard Heyman and Amy Slep

Drs. Richard Heyman and Amy Slep

  • The Award: $1.5 million grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration to prepare dental and dental hygiene students to care for underserved populations, including people with disabilities and expectant mothers.
  • The Goal: To support a new program, Preparing the Future, which is designed to address the national workforce shortage of dental professionals providing primary care dental services to vulnerable populations.
  • The Hope: To improve the knowledge, confidence, and willingness of future dentists and dental hygienists to care for populations that lack access to dental care in their communities.  
Dr. Courtney Chinn

Dr. Courtney Chinn

Providing Access to Dental Care for New York City-area Veterans

Grant from United Concordia Dental Charitable Fund Will Support Veterans Oral Care Access Resource

  • The Award: Generous one-year grant from United Concordia Dental Charitable Fund to support VOCARE (Veterans Oral Care Access Resource), part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pilot program, VETSmile: Connecting Veterans with Dentists in their Communities.
  • The Goal: To help bridge the gap in veterans’ access to continuous, accessible, and affordable oral care, which is crucial to their overall health and wellbeing.
  • The Hope: To provide veterans with a “dental home” to improve their overall health and quality of life and reduce the need for emergency dental care in hospitals.    
Veterans Oral Care Access Resource

New York City Council Award Provides Additional Support for Veterans Program

In further support of the VOCARE program, the New York City Council has provided a thoughtful award to help support increased access to affordable dental care for U.S. Veterans.

  • The Award: Major one-year gift from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • The Goal: To establish a 12-month pilot program to provide 250-300 patient visits for veterans with blood cancer so they can receive the dental care required to begin lifesaving therapy or as a consequence of their therapy at no out-of-pocket cost to the veteran.
  • The Hope: To expand the pilot program to additional sites following the one-year pilot period.

Marking 30+ Years of Continuous Funding for Parathyroid Research

Dr. Nicola Partridge’s Work on PTH Continuously Funded by NIDDK Since 1994

  • The Award: $2 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • The Research Goal: To contribute further to our knowledge of how PTH exerts its effects on skeletal function through the pathway previously identified by Dr. Partridge and her team.
  • The Hope: To bring us closer to developing treatments for disorders of calcium metabolism and other bone and skeletal disorders.
Dr. Nicola Partridge

Dr. Nicola Partridge

  • The Award: $2.1 million, four-year grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • The Research Goal: To fill a gap in understanding what factors predict or constrain access to dental care during pregnancy, and to use this understanding to inform the design of future interventions.
  • The Hope: To improve the oral health of vulnerable women by intervening during pregnancy.
Dr. Stefanie Russell

Dr. Stefanie Russell

Seeking a More Thorough Understanding of Cancer Pain to Develop Better Pain Medications

Dr. Aditi Bhattacharya Awarded NIH grant to Study Oral Cancer Pain

  • The Award: $317,000, two-year grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • The Research Goal: To test the hypothesis that oral cancer patients who report high levels of pain possess a higher density of TRPA1 on nerve fibers in the vicinity of the cancer.
  • The Hope: To lay the foundation for further investigation of the role of TRPA1 in oral cancer pain and motivate investigation of non-opioid therapeutics that target TRPA1 for the management of oral cancer pain.
Dr. Aditi Bhattacharya

Dr. Aditi Bhattacharya

Supporting Vulnerable Communities Across New York State

Strategic grants from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation focus on mitigating health disparities by increasing local access to quality care and expanding early childhood health resources in underserved areas

  • The Award: $1 million-plus, three-year grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.
  • The Goal: To support the NYU Dentistry Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities, the Smiling Faces, Going Places dental van, and the Bridging the Gap program.
  • The Hope: To continue to improve oral health access and outcomes in underserved communities.

  • The Award: One-year grant from the American Society of Dental Anesthesiologists
  • The Research Goal: To determine the efficacy of a multisensory room as compared to a standard preoperative waiting room in decreasing pre- and postoperative anxiety, emergence delirium, and short- and long-term postoperative pain and adverse behavioral effects in pediatric patients with ASD undergoing general anesthesia for dental treatment.
  • The Hope: Not only to improve outcomes for pediatric patients with ASD, but also for children with other disabilities and typically developing children with dental anxiety and/or sensory processing difficulties.
Dr. Spencer Wade

Dr. Spencer Wade



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