Sixteen students presented their research at the 2017 School of Dentistry research day February 21 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
“This has been an exciting year for research in the School of Dentistry,” said Dr. Jason Griggs, associate dean for research and professor and chair of Biomedical Materials Science.
The school's faculty received more than $1 million in research funding this fiscal year, 39 percent more than last year. This increase helps make research possible for dental students like Kendra Clark and Jiman Nelson, who won awards for their poster presentations Tuesday.
Clark, a third-year student, won the Hinman Student Research Award. She studies ways to use vascular endothelial growth factor, or VEGF, to promote regeneration in tissues without sufficient blood vessels.
“A decrease in blood supply can limit the effectiveness of a graft, which means it could fail,” said Clark, who is the UMMC and national president of the National Student Research Group for dentistry.