The Department of Periodontics is actively engaged in the educational, research, and service missions of the College. Our curriculum includes pre-doctoral, post-graduate (residency), and continuing education programs with a focus on evidence-based periodontics and implant dentistry. Clinical training emphasizes the understanding of periodontal and peri-implant health and treatment of associated diseases, and is supported by departmental research activities. Faculty members are actively participating in basic, translational, and clinical investigation and provide students instruction and guidance in research. Our research program encompasses the areas of immunology, inflammation, wound healing, cancer biology, virology, diabetes, periodontal and dental implant materials and technologies, and educational enhancement.
Our postdoctoral periodontics program is a 34-month clinical specialty training agenda leading to a Certificate of Advanced Specialty in Periodontics combined with research experience leading to either a MS or PhD degree. The Departmental goal is to provide the pre-doctoral and postdoctoral student with a strong educational foundation in periodontology for their future careers in Dentistry and to contribute new knowledge through basic and clinical research in Periodontics.
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Periodontics Scholars Externship Program
The Periodontics Externship Scholars Program is a non-credited externship program designed to develop an in-depth appreciation and understanding of an advanced periodontics curriculum. This externship provides a unique opportunity to gain advanced knowledge in many aspects of periodontics and surgical implantology. The extern will participate in academic courses, review of the scientific literature, and intense observation of many different clinical procedures within the graduate periodontics clinic. The program offers flexible durations of 3, 6, 9, or 12 months.
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Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects millions of Americans and is connected to many other chronic conditions, from diabetes to cardiovascular disease. Our research teams are advancing the understanding of the connections between periodontal disease and its risk factors, using innovative approaches in basic, translational, and clinical investigations. Our faculty mentors provide students instruction and guidance to incorporate the latest research into their training. Our laboratories are conducting and collaborating on research in several areas including immunology, inflammation, wound healing, cancer biology, virology, diabetes, periodontal and dental implant materials and technologies, and educational enhancement.
Immunology research focuses on the biology, transmission and pathogenesis of viruses and bacteria, as well as on the fundamental immune mechanisms that contribute to both health and disease. UIC College of Dentistry researchers study issues of autoimmunity, emerging pathogens, bacterial and viral pathogenesis, and molecular microbiology, as it relates to auto-immune and infectious diseases of the mouth, including oral cancer and early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions.
- Salvador Nares is the principal investigator of research grants funded by the NIDCR and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry Research Foundation. His primary translational research focus is on the post-transcriptional modulation of mucosal immunity by microRNA and the role of antigen-presenting cells in the inflammatory response to periodontal pathogens. His clinical research interests include the histological and molecular characterization of early bone healing after dental implant placement and piezotome ultrasonic instrumentation.
- Luisa A. DiPietro is Director of the UIC Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration and a Professor in the Department of Periodontics, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at UIC. Her research focuses on the regulation of inflammation, angiogenesis and scar formation at sites of injury. This research compares wound healing mechanisms between the oral mucosa and the skin as the intellectual basis for the development of rapid, non-scarring wound healing tools for mucosal and skin wounds. Dr. DiPietro is a world-wide recognized leader in the wound healing field. She organizes the widely acclaimed Regenerative Sciences Seminar every Fall semester. Her CV includes more than 100 publications to her credit and she has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1993. Dr. DiPietro has mentored countless junior faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, PhD and undergraduate students, and she continues to be an exemplary academic leader and role model for many of us.
- Keiko Watanabe’s lab team is studying the effects of periodontitis on prediabetes and T2DM and, early detection of oral cancer.
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