Dr. William Giannobile to lead international osteology research organization3 min read
Ann Arbor, Mich., April 19, 2019 — Dr. William Giannobile, chair of the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the School of Dentistry, will be the next president of the Osteology Foundation, an international research organization based in Lucerne, Switzerland. He begins his two-year term in June.
The Osteology Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 2003 as an independent, science-based forum to promote research in oral tissue regeneration and to translate research into everyday clinical practice. It promotes education and collaboration between universities and industry in the field of oral and maxillofacial tissue regeneration. Its core activities include funding research projects, organizing symposia around the world, offering courses and textbooks for researchers, and maintaining an online platform that connects practitioners and scientists in the field of oral tissue regeneration.
Giannobile said he will focus his tenure on implementing a strategic plan recently defined by the organization’s board. “A key aspect is to expand our global presence in reaching out to our global partners especially in Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East regions. We will also work to develop our well-established presence in Europe and North America,” he said.
Giannobile is the William K. and Mary Anne Najjar Professor of Dentistry and a professor of biomedical engineering in the U-M College of Engineering. Giannobile’s research has widely influenced the management of periodontal disease, translating science from the lab to the clinical level. Among his areas of interest are investigating stem cell therapy and biologics to repair oral bone defects and precision-personalized oral health care. In addition to his teaching and mentoring of students at the School of Dentistry, he is co-director of the Michigan-Pittsburgh-Wyss Regenerative Medicine Research Center, which is based at the dental school. Giannobile also has a lab at the Biointerfaces Institute at the North Campus Research Complex, and he is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Dental Research.
More information on the foundation and the announcement of Giannobile’s presidency is available on the organization’s website.
The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s leading dental schools engaged in oral health care education, research, patient care and community service. General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan. Classroom and clinic instruction prepare future dentists, dental specialists and dental hygienists for practice in private offices, hospitals, academia and public agencies. Research seeks to discover and apply new knowledge that can help patients worldwide. For more information about the School of Dentistry, visit us on the Web at: www.dent.umich.edu. Contact: Lynn Monson, associate director of communications, at email@example.com, or (734) 615-1971.