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Dentistry professor receives grant for promising periodontal treatment

Dr. Alireza Moshaverinia

Dr. Alireza Moshaverinia

Dr. Alireza Moshaverinia, an assistant professor of prosthodontics at the UCLA School of Dentistry, was awarded nearly $200,000 in research funding from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine under their Discovery Inception program.

Moshaverinia was the only UCLA researcher and his project was one of only 14 projects across the state to receive funding in this cycle. His project shows promise to have a significant impact on the field of stem cell research but needs additional funding to advance it to the next level of development.

Moshaverinia’s project has the potential to greatly improve the quality of life for people who suffer from periodontal disease — a chronic destructive inflammatory disease affecting tooth-supporting tissues in humans. Periodontal disease affects approximately 50 percent of Americans, and current treatments aren’t effective. Gingival mesenchymal stem cells, which he’ll be studying, present a novel and advantageous therapeutic option for periodontal tissue engineering due to their differentiation and self-renewal capabilities. These stem cells are easily accessible from the oral cavity and they also can often be obtained from discarded biological samples.

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