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Dental Professor Hopes NIH Grant Will Lead To New Therapies For Periodontal Disease

August 22, 2019
by Creighton University


Creighton University School of Dentistry Associate Professor D. Roselyn Cerutis, PhD, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study a potential therapy that may help reduce inflammation and bone loss in periodontal (gum) disease.

Cerutis, an associate professor of oral biology, was awarded a three-year $431,348 NIH grant to investigate a molecule in the body called lysophosphatidic acid (LPA). Using a mouse model of periodontal disease, Cerutis will determine whether one of the receptors for lysophosphatidic acid, LPA1, is the primary regulator of both inflammation and bone loss in periodontal disease.

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