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School again leads annual NIDCR grant funding2 min read

April 24, 2020

School again leads annual NIDCR grant funding2 min read

Dental school faculty member Dr. Isabelle Lombaert and senior research technician Ashley Cornett (right) work in Lombaert’s lab at the North Campus Research Complex in this file photo. Lombaert is among faculty members whose research is supported by NIDCR.

Ann Arbor, Mich., April 24, 2020 – The University of Michigan School of Dentistry has received more research funding from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in fiscal 2019 than any dental institution in the country.

A newly-released compilation of NIDCR grants shows that the school received $21.9 million for a variety of research projects focused on improving oral health. This is the third consecutive year that the school is ranked as the top institution for dental research from the NIDCR.

Dr. Vesa Kaartinen, associate dean for research, noted that the school’s NIDCR funding is substantially higher than the other dental schools on the list. “It really shows the quality and commitment to high-level research by our school – by our faculty, our staff, our students and other trainees,” he said.

The U-M dental school has long been one of the leading recipients of research funding from NIDCR, which is one of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources.  The complete list of institutions receiving grants from the NIDCR in fiscal year 2019 is available on the institute’s web site.


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:  Contact: Lynn Monson, associate director of communications, at, or (734) 615-1971.