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Competitive Research Grant Recipients

Support for endodontic research lies at the heart of the Foundation for Endodontic's mission. Approximately $260,000 is allocated to research grants annually. Funding is awarded to both residents and faculty members. The Foundation continues to support the specialty’s research initiatives as one of its main priorities.

Below are names and institutions of funded researchers. Thank you to all applicants for submitting research that strengthens and advances the specialty of endodontics.

Spring 2020

Grantees Total: $42,330

Amber Ather$20,000University of Texas Health Science Center at San AntonioAnti-inflammatory and pro-mineralization effect of dexamethasone in vital pulp therapies: An ex vivo study.
Hebatullah Hussein$20,749University of TorontoTherapeutic Strategy for Root Canal Biofilm: Modulating Macrophage-Fibroblast Crosstalk with Engineered Nanoparticles
Nicholas Pappas$12,561The University of Texas Health Science Center at HoustonAn analysis of the physical-chemical and biological properties of a new bioceramic sealer and root repair material
Zhen Shen$13,618The University of Texas Heath Science Center at HoustonFunctional Characterization of hsa-miR-10a-5p in Apical Periodontitis


Fall 2019

Grantees Total: $90,231

Hacer Aksel$16,400University at BuffaloCharacterization and Implementation of Bioactive Colloidal Gel with Tunable Mechanomorphology for Angiogenic and Odontogenic Differentiation of Cells
Priya Chand$5,000University of Maryland
The efficiency of 3D dynamic guided endodontics in removing fiber posts: An in vitro study
Karren Komitas*$9,443University of Texas School of Dentistry at HoustonThe role of aging and inflammation in the effect of enamel matrix derivative (EMD) on dental pulp cells in vitro
Muna Marashdeh*$9,000University of TorontoAntimicrobial Efficacy and Physical properties of Root Canal Sealers loaded with Drug-Silica Co-Assembled Particles
Kelsie Pittel$11,088University of IowaDPSC functionality and differentiation potential after AuNP-PLL complex incorporation
Philip Stashenko$39,300Boston University Hormonal Modulation of Disseminating Endodontic lnfections


*Indicates researchers who received $500 award for the highest scoring proposal.