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UCSF to Lead Resource Team for Craniofacial, Oral and Dental Tissue Regeneration

March 7, 2017

Jeffrey Lotz

UC San Francisco is the lead institution on a California-based, six-university consortium that was awarded $12 million by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to develop strategies for treating craniofacial and dental defects, which affect millions of Americans.

The three-year award, announced March 7, 2017, further develops the Center for Dental, Oral & Craniofacial Tissue & Organ Regeneration (C-DOCTOR), which is one of two national resource centers comprising the NIDCR’s Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Tissue Regeneration Consortium.

It was created last year as a partnership among several California institutions: UCSF, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, the University of Southern California and Stanford University.

Ophir Klein

Top: Jeffrey Lotz, PhD. Above: Ophir Klein, MD, PhD

Jeffrey Lotz, PhD, professor and vice chair of research and the David S. Bradford, MD, Endowed Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSF, is the UCSF principal investigator. Ophir Klein, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Genetics, chair of the Division of Craniofacial Anomalies and director of the Program in Craniofacial Biology in the UCSF School of Dentistry, is the UCSF co-PI.

“This award is an incredibly exciting step for the craniofacial community at UCSF,” said Dr. Klein. “Together with our colleagues, we are looking forward to translating the scientific advances obtained in basic research laboratories into treatments that can directly help patients."

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