New funding allows UCLA Dentistry professor's work on tissue regeneration to continue

Dr. Ben Wu is part of consortium to receive NIH funding
Dr. Ben Wu

Dr. Ben Wu, a professor of advanced prosthodontics and bioengineering at the UCLA School of Dentistry, has received second-phase funding that will help continue groundbreaking research on a project for the Center for Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Tissue and Organ Regeneration (C-DOCTOR). Wu is among nine principal investigators receiving funding from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

"The institutions in the C-DOCTOR consortiums are pioneers in stem cells and regenerative medicine, and many projects at various stages of research and development at UCLA and other institutions and companies nationwide will benefit from the amazing C-DOCTOR resources," said Wu.

Based in California, C-DOCTOR represents a partnership among UC San Francisco, Berkeley, Davis and UCLA; the University of Southern California; and Stanford University, all of whom joined forces in 2016. The center will be a national resource for the development, cultivation and clinical translation of innovative regenerative technologies to replace dental and craniofacial tissues and organs lost to congenital disorders, trauma and disease. The center's primary mission is to provide comprehensive clinical, scientific, technical, regulatory, financial and managerial resources to promote cost-effective and timely progression of tissue engineering/regenerative medicine products to human clinical trials.

“The NIDCR award will accelerate the development of advanced tissue engineering products to repair dental, oral and craniofacial defects,” said Wu who is also the director of the UCLA Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology at the UCLA School of Dentistry.

Other principal investigators of C-DOCTOR include Dr. Yang Chai, Dr. Mark Urata and Yong Chen of USC; Kevin Healy of UC Berkeley; Dr. Ophir Klein and Jeffrey Lotz of UC San Francisco; Dr. Nancy Lane of UC Davis; and Dr. Michael Longaker of Stanford University.

For more information, see the C-DOCTOR project.

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