Supporting Research and education
in the specialty

Research and education are critical to making advances in the specialty. The Foundation’s yearly funding of research awards, fellowships and other projects allow the specialty to develop new areas of scientific study which will affect the care of patients now and for years into the future.

The OMS Foundation has supported the specialty with more than $12 million for Research Awards, Fellowships, scholarships and sponsorships of specialty-focused programs.

Below are OMSF-supported research and education awards for 2014 and 2013: 

2014 Research and education Awards

The OMS Foundation will provide $690,000 to fund research and education in the OMS specialty in 2014. This total includes:

  • $450,000 for research support grants
  • $100,000 toward AAOMS Faculty Educator Development Awards (FEDAs)
  • $100,000 for a Clinical Investigation Training Fellowship
  • $25,000 for student research training awards
  • $15,000 for sponsorship of the 2014 Clinical Trials Methods Course

Research Support Grants -- $75,000 each

Stephen B. Milam Research Support Grant
Human Gingiva-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells Accelerate Impaired Oral Socket Wound Healing by Eliciting Polarization of M2 Macrophages
Principal Investigator: Qunzhou Zhang, PhD
Co-PI: Anh Le, DDS, PhD
University of Pennsylvania

Role of Endothelin Axis in Head and Neck Cancer Invasion and Pain
Principal Investigator:  Chi Viet, DDS, PhD
Co-PI: Brian Schmidt, DDS, MD, PhD
New York University
Supported by the OMS Foundaion Alliance

Sequence of Bone Healing of the Continuous Curvilinear Mandibular Distraction Wound
Principal Investigator:  Zachary Peacock, DMD, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital

Impact of MMA on Health-Related and Functional Outcomes
Principal Investigator: Scott Boyd, DDS, PhD
Vanderbilt University
BMP Delivery Strategies for Treating Bone Defects in Pediatric Patients
Principal Investigator:  Lisa Tran, DDS, MD
Co-PI: Steven Roser, DMD, MD
Emory University

Adopting Tribocorrosion Science from Hip to TMJ Implants
Principal Investigator:  Cortino Sukotjo, DDS, PhD
Co-PI: Louis Mercuri, DDS, MS
University of Illinois

 View Summaries of 2014 Research Support Grants

Student Research Training Award -- $12,500 each

University of Pennsylvania
Program Director: Helen Giannakopoulos, DMD, MD
University at Buffalo
Program Director: Richard Hall, DDS, MD, PhD, FACS


2013 Research and education Awards


Research Support Grant -- $75,000 each

Stephen B. Milam Research Support Grant
Novel Approaches to Treat Head and Neck Cancer Pain and Prevent Opioid Tolerance
New York University
PI: Chi Viet, DDS, PhD    |
Co-PI: Brian Schmidt, DDS, MD, PhD

Research Support Grant -- $75,000 each

A Novel Therapeutic Vaccine for Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Portland State University
PI: Hong-Ming Hu, PhD
Co-PI: R. Bryan  Bell, MD, DDS

Stem Cell Therapy for Craniofacial Reconstruction: A Clinical Trial
University of Michigan
PI: Darnell Kaigler, Jr., MS, PhD, DDS
Co-PI: Sean Edwards, MD, DDS, BSc

PET/CT for the Diagnosis of TMJ Osteoarthritis
University of Pennsylvania
PI: Eric Granquist, DMD, MD
Co-PI: Beth Winkelstein, PhD

Use of GFP Reporter Mice to Study Oral Wound Healing
University of Connecticut
PI: David Rowe, MD
Co-PI: Regina Landesberg, DMD, PhD

View summaries of 2013 Research Support Grants

Student Research Training Award - $12,500 each
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
Faculty Educator Development Award (FEDA)
  • LSU-New Orleans -- Beomjune B. Kim, DMD, MD
  • University of the Pacific -- Chan M. Park, DDS, MD
  • Nova Southeastern University -- Jason E. Portnof, DMD, MD
  • LSU- Shreveport -- Jennifer E. Woerner, DMD, MD

Preceding awardees receive $130,000 each (3-year award - $50,000 in 2013; $40,000 in 2014; $40,000 in 2015). Supported jointly by AAOMS and OMSF. 

Research Summit Scholarship - $1,000 each
  • Ahmad Alshadwi, BDS, Boston University
  • Sung Hee Cho, DDS, MD, Emory University
  • James Choi, BSc, (DMD in 2014), University of Pennsylvania
  • Brian Christensen, DDS, University of Washington
  • William Fillmore, DMD, MD, Mayo Clinic
  • Jamie Scott Luria, DDS, MD, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Luke McMahon, DDS, University of Minnesota
  • Johnson Miin, DDS, MSE, University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Srinivasa Ramachandra, MD, BDS, FDSRCS, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Shravan Renapurkar, DMD, University of Minnesota
  • Hasnain Shinwari, BDS, Boston University


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