UAB School of Dentistry receives $3.2 million grant

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry has received a $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The university will receive the funding over a five year period.

According to UAB News, the funding aims to address the critical shortage of dental academician nationwide and recognizes the UAB Dental Academic Research Training (DART) program.

“Student mentorship and professional development is at the core of the School of Dentistry’s mission,” said Amjad Javed, Ph.D., who was recently named the school’s associate dean of research.

“The grant recognizes UAB’s excellence in research and teaching and will help us advance a cohesive approach to combat the nationwide shortage of dental academicians and further the school’s internationally recognized scientific expertise.”

The UAB DART program aims to provide a broadened interdisciplinary research experience for trainees.

UAB News states that Javed, director of the DART program, will be responsible for advancing a cohesive research agenda, developing strategic collaborations to expand the school’s internationally recognized scientific expertise within its five core research themes, and positioning the dental school for continued national and international leadership in oral health research.

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