2020 Fall Edition


Faculty Spotlight

Drs. Neubert and Caudle Receive $3 Million NIH Grant

Dr. John K Neubert, Department of Orthodontics and Dr. Robert M. Caudle, Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, received a five-year, $3,077,200 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for their project entitled “Opioid and cannabinoid interaction in pain and reward” (R01DA049470). 

Dr. Neubert has over 25 years of experience in research. His research has focused on pain and neuroscience fields, with both preclinical and clinical research relating to the understanding and treatment of pain. More recently, his research has shifted to the understanding of how the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord) influences pain behaviors. This shift has inspired this newly funded NIH project, which is looking at the interactions of opioids and cannabinoids on pain and substance use behaviors. 

 Dr. Caudle has nearly 40 years of experience in research. His research has included many different areas, including animal behavior, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell culture, electrophysiology, and genetics, and some organic chemistry. More recently, he has shifted his focus to the area of pain and eventually into chronic facial pain syndromes such as trigeminal neuralgia.

Together, Drs. Neubert and Caudle were able to create the Orofacial Pain Assessment Device (OPAD). With this new research funding, they hope to utilize their OPAD technology in a new way to learn more about how the opioid reward system, the cannabinoid system, and pain interact. The goal is to understand more about these interactions and hopefully work to develop new pain therapies that are less addictive than current therapies. 

Drs. Neubert and Caudle will be working with Co-Is Drs. Adriaan Bruijnzeel, Marcelo Febo Vega and Barry Setlow, Psychiatry, College of Medicine and Dr. Abhisheak Sharma, Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy.

Click here to visit the Office of Research Website for more information about recent UFCD Awards.

Upcoming Deadlines and Events

NIH proposal submission deadlines can be found here.

Please keep in mind these upcoming NIH deadlines:

November 5               R01 Renewal, Resubmission and Revisions
November 16             R03, R21 Renewal, Resubmission and Revisions

February 5                 R01 New
February 16               R03, R21 New
March 5                     R01 Renewal, Resubmission and Revisions
March 16                   R03, R21 Renewal, Resubmission and Revisions

Please Note: UFCD requires submission of proposals to the UFCD Office of Research by 9 AM two days prior to the sponsor deadline.  The UF deadline is 9 AM one day prior to the sponsor deadline.  For more information visit the UFCD website for proposal submissions.

Announcements and Funding Opportunities

UF DSP 2021 Research Opportunity Seed Fund Competition

The UF Division of Sponsored Research (DSP) has recently announced their annual Opportunity Seed Fund Competition. More information regarding proposal guidelines found here.

UFCD’s internal deadline is 5:00pm, Monday, November 16, 2020.


NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LPRs) Application Cycle is Open

Participants in the NIHLPRs are eligible to receive repayment of up to $100,000 in qualified debt repayment with two-year commitment. 

Applications are due by November 20, 2020, through NIH portal.

More information may be found at https://www.lrp.nih.gov/apply.

Student Research

Latest Dental Student to Join Research Track

Naeem Motlagh is a 3rd year dental student who is conducting his research-track ​project in Dr. Bernadett Papp’s lab. His research is focused on how Gamma glutamyl-transferase 6 (GGT6) might be epigenetically dysregulated during oncogenic viral infections.  His research goal is to discover how GGT6 dysregulation in the human body might be connected to diseases such as oral cancer. In addition to his research endeavors, Naeem is actively involved in student organizations; recently Naeem was elected as the President in the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Student Research Group here in the College of Dentistry.

The UFCD Student Research Group

The SRG has been busy this semester with hosting events focusing on research related to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Orthodontics and the with the election of their new officers.  The newly elected student research group officers:

President: Naeem Motlagh
Vice President: Emily Waikem
Treasurer: James Seung Jin Jang
Secretary: Hyunseo Lee
Advocacy Representative: Natalie Atyeo
Historian: Callahan Katrak
Class of 2021 Representative: Christina Bukata and Sohyun Lim
Class of 2022 Representative: Priya Sabharwal and Rosemarie Torres-Medina
Class of 2023 Representative: Liza Kanter and Andy Pan
Class of 2024 Representative: Kyle Kasparian

Did you know that you can request a personalized search for funding? The UF Division of Research Program Development of the Office of Research provides a search service to help University of Florida faculty members identify external support for their specific research projects. For more information, visit the UF DRPD website.

For more information or to look at past newsletters,
visit our website: www.research.dental.ufl.edu