Dr. Joseph Katz, PI, of the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences. Received an award funded by HT BIOIMAGING for his project “Testing an infrared device to detect inflammatory, premalignant and malignant oral lesions”. The project totals $100,000.
Dr. Roger Fillingim, CO-I, from the Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Sciences, along with Phyllis Hendry, PI from the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville Campus. They were awarded a subaward from the Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association for their project “Pain assessment and management initiative 3.0: Multimodal approaches to improve pain outcomes and reduce opioid risks”. The project will last two years and totals $21,226.
Dr. John Neubert, from the Department of Orthodontics, received four awards.
For the first, for which he is the CO-I alongside PI Jeffrey Boissoneault from the Department of Clinical Health Psychology under the College of Health Professions. They recieved a NIH/NIAAA subaward for their project “Acute effects of alcohol use on chronic orofacial pain” (R21AA026805). The project will last two years and totals $51,339.
The second award for which Dr. Neubert is the PI is from The Facial Pain Research Foundation for his project “Evaluation of a cellular therapeutic for the treatment of trigeminal pain”. The project will last one year and is worth $370,458.
The third award is from the UF Opportunity fund for the project “Opioid and cannabinoid interactions in pain and reward”. Dr. Neubert is the PI alongside CO-Is Barry Setlow, from the College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Jenny Wilerson & Lance McMahon from the College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacodynamics, and Alexander Greening from the College of Liberal Arts Department of Chemistry. The award is for $85,000 for two years.
The fourth is the UF-CRISP Moonshot Initiative Pilot Award. It is worth $46,750 for one year and is for his project “Opioid and cannabinoid interactions in pain and reward”.
Dr. Yenisel Cruz Almeida, from the Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, received two awards. The first, for which she is a Multi-PI alongside Natalie Ebner from the College of Liberal Arts Department of Psychology, was from a NIH/NIA (R01AG059809). The award totals $1,563,125.00 for five years and is for their project “Mechanisms of Oxytocin’s analgesia in older adults”.
Dr. Cruz-Almeida’s second award was for “UFCD-DSP start up funds” from the UF College of Dentistry and UF Division of Sponsored Programs. It totals $100,000 for three years.
Dr. Robert Burne, PI, from the Department of Oral Biology. Receieved an award from Clemson University NIH/NIDCR (R01DE028154) for his project “Oral microbiomes and dental caries in a human immunodeficiency virus infected population”. It totals $19,044 for five years.
Dr. Zsolt Toth, PI, from the Department of Oral Biology, received a “Excellence award for UF assistant professors” from the University of Florida. It totals $5,000 for one year.
Dr. Valeria Gordan, PI, from the Department of Restorative Dental Sciences. Received a University of Alabama NIH/NIDCR award (1U19DE028717) for “The National Dental PBRN administrative and resource center”. It totals $3,137,449.00 for seven years.
Dr. Scott Tomar, PI, of the Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science. Received an award funded by the Georgia Institute of Technology and NIH-NICDR (RO1DE028283) for his project “Access to preventative dental care for children in the United States”. The project will last five years and totals $169,360.
Dr. Roger Fillingim, CO-I, of the Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, and director of PRICE. He is collaborating with Todd Manini, PI, from the Center for Aging and Clinical Research. They received a NIH/NIA subaward for the project “Wearable technology infrastructure to enhance capacity for real-time, online assessment and mobility (ROAMM) in intervening in health events in older adults” (R21AG059207). The project will last five years and totals $36,720.
Dr. Frank Gibson, PI, of the Department of Oral Biology, was awarded $150,000 from SutroVax INC for his project “Effect of SutroVax cocktail to prevent Porphyromonas gingivalis-elicited oral bone loss-efficacy #2″ (AGR00014350). The project will last one year.
Dr. Mary Ellen Davey, PI, from the Department of Oral Biology. She was awarded $150,000 from SutroVax INC for her project “Effect of SutroVax cocktail on Porphyromonas gingivalis biofilm formation and gene expression” (AGR00014484). The project will last one year.
Dr. Robert Caudle, PI, from the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, received an award from The Facial Pain Foundation. The project, which will last for one year, totals $232,057 and will support his research “Exploring neuropeptide guided botulinum light chain for use in blocking pain transmission.”
Dr. Indraneel Bhattacharyya, CO-I, from the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, along with Dr. Cuong Nguyen, PI, from the college of Veterinary Medicine Department of Infectious Disease and Immunology. They were awarded a NIH/NIDCR Subaward for their project “Mapping the T cell receptor/antigen complex and identifying the genetic-based treatment in Sjögren’s syndrome” (R01DE028544). The project will last five years and totals $71,660.
Dr. Marcielle Nascimento, from the Department of Restorative Dental Sciences. She received a UFRF Professorship Award, which will last for three years and totals $3,000.
Dr. Roger Fillingim, Collaborator, of the Department of Community Dentistry and Behavior Science, and Director of price. Received an NIH/NHGRI-SUBAWARD-Year Two and Three U01HG007269 for the project entitled“Sparking advancements in genomic medicine.” Dr. Julie Johnson is the PI, of the College of Pharmacy’s Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research department.
Ioanna Borissova, a DMD Student with mentor Dr. John Neubert of the department of Orthodontics, received a UFCD Student Seed Grant for her project “To evaluate the effects of marijuana on orofacial pain sensitivity.” The project will last 5 months and totals $3,000.
Dr. Surabhi Mishra, PI, is a Postdoctoral Associate with her mentor,Dr. Jeannine Brady of the department of Oral Biology. She received a UFCD Transition to Independence Award for her project “Characterization of Staphylococcus aureus YidC and its potential utility as a future drug target.” The project will last for 1 year and totals $5,000.
Dr. Zsolt Toth, PI, with Dr. Bernadette Papp, Co-I, both of the department of Oral Biology. Dr. Toth received a 4 year grant for $792,000 from the American Cancer Society for his project titled “Controlling the establishment of oncogenic herpesviralinfection.”
Dr. Robert Caudle, of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, received a one-year Friedman Consulting grant for his research, “Operant model testing of polymer system for facial incisional analgesia” (AGR DTD 11-27-18 & Amdt 1), totaling
Dr. L. Shannon Holliday, of the Department of Orthodontics, received an NIDCR subaward in collaboration with Dr. Wellington Rody of The Research Foundation for SUNY. Dr. Holliday’s project is entitled “Development of an exosome-based diagnostic platform for periodontal disease and root resorption” (R03DE027504). The two year grant totals $19,998.
Dr. Gill Diamond, of the Department of Oral Biology, was awarded a two-year subcontract with Fox Chase, sponsored by the US Army (Department of Defense). His project is entitled “New antifungal agents as topical and systemic therapies for wound and invasive infections” (W81XWH11810638) and the funding totals $206,027.The overarching goal of this project is to “identify a broadly active anti-fungal agent that is safer than amphotericin B and has a lower resistance potential than is evident with the azoles and emerging with the echinocandins.”
Dr. Roger Fillingim, Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, and director for Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence (PRICE), received funding from NIH/NIA to create a University of Florida Resource Center for Minority Aging Research. The grant (P30AG059297) is for five-years, and totals $1,912,840. Dr. Fillingim’s center has two ultimate objectives: “to provide outstanding training and career development opportunities to promising investigators from underrepresented backgrounds,” and “to conduct innovative and impactful transdisciplinary social and behavioral research addressing pain and disability among older adults, including health disparities in later life pain and disability.”
Dr. Emily J. Bartley, Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, was awarded a three-year UFCD start up grant for her research, “Adaptability and Resilience In Aging Adults (ARIAA),” totaling $746,912. Dr. Bartley is also a faculty of UF’s Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence (PRICE). The ultimate goal of her study “is to examine the feasibility and acceptability of aresilience intervention for chronic low back pain among older adults.”
Dr. Ellen Terry, Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, received an MBI Career Enhancement Award from the McKnight Brain Institute for $10,000. Dr. Roger Fillingim is her mentor. This award enables Dr. Terry to extend her research capabilities by providing supplemental funding for her project entitled “Neural mechanisms underlying psychosocial contributions to ethnic group differences in pain.” Dr. Terry is also a faculty of UF’s Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence (PRICE).
Dr. Justin Ray Kaspar, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Oral Biology, was awarded a one-year grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial research, totaling $59,838. Jang’s mentor is Dr. Robert Burne, Department of Oral Biology. His project entitled “Ecological consequences of cell-cell signaling on interbacterial competition” (F32DE028479). According to Dr. Kaspar the project studies how expression of a key S. mutans virulence pathway changes and contributes to intermicrobial competition within oral biofilms.
Dr. Bernadett Papp, Department of Oral Biology, was awarded a two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial research, totaling $152,500. Her project entitled “Genomic characterization of Forkhead factors in oral infection” (R03DE28029). The proposal’s goal is to determine the conserved regulatory events during oral infections by all three family members of herpesviruses.
Seung Jin Jang, a DMD/PhD student, received a one-year UFCD Seed Grant for $3,000. His proposal is entitled “Studying the immunoregulatory roles of the viral proteins of KSHV during oral infection.” Jang’s mentor is Dr. Zsolt Toth, Department of Oral Biology. The main goal of this proposal is to determine the innate immune response pathways that are inhibited in oral epithelial cells upon KSHV infection.
Dr. Robert Shields, Department of Oral Biology, is collaborating with Dr. Kelly Rice (PI), Department of Microbiology and Cell Science, IFAS for a new three-year grant from NASA totaling $299,555. The award is titled “Probing the effect of simulated microgravity on the pathogenic potential of cariogenic Streptococcus mutans.” The collaborators will examine S. mutans growth under different simulated microgravity models to better predict how this bacterium will respond to flight conditions.
Drs. Robert Burne and Lin Zeng, Department of Oral Biology, received $1.8 million to renew the NIH/NIDCR project, “Gene regulation and histology of Streptococcus mutans” (R01DE012236-22). Dr. Stephen Hagen, who works in the Department of Physics in the UF College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is participating as co-investigator. The five-year grant continues to research how bacteria that cause caries coordinate the uptake and metabolism of sugars to optimize growth and acid production. The renewal begins year 22 of this research award.
Dr. Jean-Francois Roulet, a professor in the Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, was awarded $13,754 from Ivoclar-Vivadent, for a study entitled “Wear of one capsulated basic composite and flowable bulkfil composite (control).”
Dr. Joseph Katz, department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diagnostic Sciences, received $5,000 from the Egyptian Cultural and Education Bureau for the support of Wafaa El Said Ahmend Saleh. Dr. Katz will mentor and oversee the student’s research.
Dr. Roger Fillingim, director for Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence (PRICE), received a renewal for the project entitled “Effect of COMT genetic polymorphisms on response to propranolol therapy in TMD.” The award is funded by NIH/NIDCR via a consortium agreement with the University of North Carolina (U01DE024169). This PRICE project is funded at $70,150 for a one year.
Dr. Kevin McHugh, Department of Periodontology; Dr. Jennifer Hagen, College of Medicine-Orthopedics; and Dr. Peter McFetridge, Biomedical Engineering, were awarded a multi-PI award in the amount of $358,851 from NIH/NIAM (R21AR072291). The interdisciplinary study is entitled “Utilizing human-derived soluble matrix to augment healing of critical size bone defects.” The two year grant focuses on developing a method of facilitating the healing of bone defects through improvement of the angiogenic and osteogenic environment.