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Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for UCSF Dentistry's OCS Graduate Program

August 15, 2013

Pamela Den Besten and Ralph MarcucioWe are pleased to announce that the UCSF School of Dentistry and the school's Oral and Craniofacial Sciences Graduate Program have been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA), sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), to train DDS/PhD, PhD students, and postdoctoral fellows to engage in critical oral health research.

This NRSA Institutional Research Training Grant began in July of 2013 and will continue through June of 2018, providing a total of $2,186,886 for research training of DDS/PhD and PhD students, as well as postdoctoral fellows in the Oral and Craniofacial Sciences (OCS) Graduate program.  The submission of this grant, leading to a successful outcome, was accomplished through the efforts of a team led by grant Principal Investigator and OCS Program Co-Director Pamela Den Besten, DDS, MS, OCS Program Co-Director Ralph Marcucio PhD, Caroline Shiboski, DDS, PhD, Stefan Habelitz PhD, Grants Analyst Kathryn Gabriel, and OCS Program Administrator Roger Mraz, along with excellent support from the Contracts and Grants management team.

"We are very excited about the opportunities this training grant brings to build our DDS/PhD and PhD programs" says Dr. Den Besten.  "These interdisciplinary programs involve clinicians and scientists from all disciplines in the School of Dentistry, and throughout the UCSF campus.  With these programs and resources we are committed to training additional research scientists, critical thinkers, and leaders in dental and craniofacial sciences and patient care."

The OCS Graduate Program is an interdisciplinary graduate research program that seeks to educate students with the research tools and approaches needed to study the development and physiology of disease in oral and craniofacial tissues and organ systems, and its prevention.  The program's mission is to develop and train individuals who will be world leaders in oral and craniofacial related scientific discovery, and its translation into health benefits for patients and society.


Pamela Den Besten and Ralph Marcucio