AAE Foundation and DENTSPLY Award Innovation in Research Grant to West Virginia University

A $50,000 research innovation award in endodontics has been awarded to the West Virginia University School of Dentistry.

The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) Foundation/DENTSPLY Innovation in Research Grant will equip a dedicated endodontics research laboratory that will be used by faculty and students to prepare experimental samples and specimens. The 4,000-square-foot lab was developed in collaboration with the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

David Funderburk, DDS, MS, an AAE Foundation Trustee and West Virginia School of Dentistry alumnus, says WVU has a tremendous track record of advancing the speciality of endodontics.

“The AAE Foundation and DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties are honoured to present this award in recognition of WVU’s new initiatives to promote excellence in research,” Dr. Funderburk said.

The grant is given annually to one or more universities, chosen based on their achievements in research or their future goals for developing a research initiative at their institution. The intent is to highlight and promote excellence in endodontics research.

“The generous support of the AAE Foundation and DENTSPLY will greatly enhance our endodontics research programme here at West Virginia University,” said Anthony (Tom) Borgia, DDS, dean of the WVU School of Dentistry. “With this gift, residents and faculty will have new tools to advance our mission to address the present and future oral health needs of the citizens of West Virginia and beyond.” – Kahaliah Richards, Oral Health Group

(L to R): Dr. David Funderburk (AAE Foundation Trustee), Dr. Tom Borgia (Dean), Alyson Hall (AAE/AAE Foundation Development Manager), Dr. Richard Jurevic (Associate Dean for Research) and Terry Bennett (Senior Territory Manager, DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties).