UB Dental Researcher to Study Stem Cell Treatment for Root Canals


A University at Buffalo professor has received a $400,000 grant to study strategies for repairing damaged teeth.

Camila Sabatini, DDS, PhD, is an associate professor of restorative dentistry in the School of Dental Medicine. She will be collaborating with Techung Lee, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Frank Scannapieco, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Oral Biology.

The selective four-year grant is attached to the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Sabatini was the only dentist in the selection of scholars for this year.

Sabatini’s research proposal involved investigating ways “to use stem cells of dental origin to promote the repair of damaged teeth potentially avoiding the need for a root canal,” shared UB in a recent press release.

Sabatini points out that stem cells have been used for tissue regeneration for years yet not enough has been done with this concept and dentistry, with the use of synthetic materials outdated.

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