NIDCR News 2019

As NIDCR's first Park memorial fellow, Surangi Perera studies the molecular mechanisms that control how neural crest cells decide among the various fates available to them.
Researchers found a unique population of stem cells in the roof of the mouth that quickly respond to stress from chewing and injury. The findings in mice could help inform efforts to improve wound healing throughout the body.
NIDCR is continuing its support for the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN), now entering its third cycle of funding.
Researchers have discovered that stem cells found in continuously growing mouse incisors behave in unexpected ways and are more abundant, active, and dynamic than previously thought.
By studying the mechanisms that govern immune tolerance, NIDCR’s Wanjun Chen aims to develop therapies that could block self-destructive immune responses in people who have autoimmune diseases.
NIDCR-supported researchers found pain-related clinical measures predicted development of chronic TMD.
NIDCR researcher Dr. Laura Kerosuo studies how a short-lived clump of cells within the neural crest shapes development.
Your mouth is home to about 700 species of germs, like bacteria, fungus, and more. NIDCR-supported scientists study how some microbes maybe helpful, while others may harm our health.
Scientists find evidence that immune cells turn on itch sensory pathway, The findings may inform development of better treatments for itch- and pain-related conditions.
Regenerative medicine researchers can envision a not-too-distant future when stem cells help to treat periodontal disease, broken jaws, craniofacial defects, and more.
Older adults are keeping more of their natural teeth than in previous decades, and complete tooth loss continues to decline, according to an analysis by NIDCR scientists.

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