UConn Faculty Receive NIH Grant to Develop Smartphone Sensor to Detect Tooth Pain

Faculty from the Division of Endodontology and Department of Biomedical Engineering at the UConn School of Dental Medicine recently received a total award of $462,964 from the National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to test a novel way to quantify tooth pain and to develop a patient-friendly smartphone sensor to measure it.

Dr. I-Ping Chen, associate professor of endodontics, and Dr. Ki Chon, professor and chair of biomedical engineering, collaborated on the grant proposal. As an endodontist, Chen cares for patients in need of a root canal. However, Chen and her colleagues heavily rely on a patient’s subjective opinion to gauge the patient’s level of pain. Dr. Chen was looking for a better way to detect dental pain.

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