A record-breaking year for UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry’s research program

UT Health San Antonio's Center for Oral Health Care and Research.

Contact: Steven Lee, 210-450-3823, lees22@uthscsa.edu

SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 8, 2022 – The UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry secured nearly $35 million in total research grants awarded during its 2022 fiscal year, which ended Aug. 31, setting a new record for the school’s research program.

“Our school’s research mission focuses on finding solutions to treat and prevent illnesses that profoundly affect the communities we serve and beyond,” said Peter Loomer, DDS, PhD, MRCD(C), FACD, professor and dean of the UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry. “Chronic pain, gum disease, substance abuse, autoimmune disease and oral cancer are just some the areas that our researchers focus on. I am thankful for the tremendous support from our funders; and immensely appreciative of all the efforts our outstanding faculty, staff and students dedicate to this critical mission,”

The 28 awarded grants – from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and others – span key areas of research in pain management, periodontal diseases and oral biology, population oral health and clinical research. The record amount is well more than the totals in each of the three previous years, which ranged from $11 million to $14 million.

Contributing to this success, the school achieved an astounding 123% increase in total direct funding from the NIH, jumping to $11.26 million in 2022 from $5.05 million in 2021.

Brij B. Singh, PhD.

“This record-breaking success and growth in research funding for the School of Dentistry is a result of the dedication of the faculty to be a top research institution and the emphasis on research and support from the administration,” said Brij B. Singh, PhD, associate dean for research of the School of Dentistry and professor in its Department of Periodontics.

Top-awarded grants include:


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