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Study measures impact of Medicaid dental coverage for Virginia’s pregnant population

In 2015, Virginia began providing comprehensive dental benefits to pregnant Medicaid enrollees in an effort to eliminate a key barrier to dental care access. In the first study of its kind, researchers from the VCU School of Dentistry and VCU School of Business analyzed survey data to shed light on the policy’s impact on pregnant women.

VCU School of Dentistry receives NIH funding for collaborative research to improve children’s oral health

Shillpa Naavaal, B.D.S., M.S., M.P.H., was recently awarded two National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants aimed at reducing oral health disparities in children.

VCU scientists pinpoint druggable target in aggressive breast cancer

A collaborative research effort between VCU’s Massey Cancer Center and School of Dentistry has zeroed in on a new therapeutic target for an aggressive form of breast cancer with limited treatment options.

Novel targeted therapy could be effective treatment option for deadly childhood cancer

New research from the Philips Institute for Oral Health Research at VCU School of Dentistry — published this week in Cell Reports — demonstrated that a novel targeted therapy could be an effective treatment option for a deadly pediatric cancer known as neuroblastoma.

VCU School of Dentistry ranks 17th among U.S. dental schools in National Institutes of Health research funding

VCU School of Dentistry is now ranked 17th among all U.S. dental schools in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding, according to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research (BRIMR). In 2021, the school received more than $4.8 million from the NIH to advance a wide range of oral health and biomedical research.  “In […]

VCU School of Dentistry Ph.D. student receives National Institutes of Health grant to explore inflammatory disease processes

Hannah Lohner, a third-year student in the Ph.D. in Oral Health program at VCU School of Dentistry, was recently awarded an F31 Fellowship Grant from the National Institutes of Health totalling nearly $120,000 over three years. Working in the lab of Huizhi Wang, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in the Philips Institute of Oral Health, Lohner […]

VCU-led study is the first to assess dental faculty well-being during the pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic forced the world to withdraw for safety in 2020, faculty at dental schools did not report significant decreases in measures of their well-being, according to results from a study led by Carlos S. Smith, D.D.S., M.Div., at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.  Recently published in the American Dental Education Association’s […]

Study: Many Medicaid-enrolled women in Virginia weren’t aware of dental pregnancy benefits

Though Virginia enacted comprehensive dental care coverage for pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid in March 2015, a significant portion of this population remained unaware of the benefit even years later, according to a study by researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. Recently published in the Journal of Women’s Health, a survey of […]

Executive Summary – Advancing Dental Education in the 21st Century

In preparation for the VCU School of Dentistry’s strategic planning process, Dean David C. Sarrett, DMD, MS, provides an executive summary representing an analysis of Advancing Dental Education in the 21st Century This summary provides a “snapshot” of the challenges, trends and issues in today’s dental education. Areas of Challenge Finances In past 20 years, […]

Brickhouse named interim chair

Tegwyn H. Brickhouse, D.D.S., Ph.D. photo: VCU University Relations BRICKHOUSE NAMED INTERIM CHAIR AT SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY Research and policy strengths help eliminate barriers to oral health for the most vulnerable RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 7, 2017 – Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry Dean and Associate Vice President for Health Sciences, David C. Sarrett, D.M.D., […]

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