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Nova Southeastern University dental school receives $3.4M grant

August 04, 2015 Ft. Lauderdale-Davie, Fla. — Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine announced July 30 it received a $3.4 million federal grant to provide dentists training in treating patients with autism.
The grant, awarded by the Health Resource and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will include the development of a curriculum addressing the transition of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder to adult dental care.
In addition, the grant also aims to increase access to dental care for children and adolescents with special health care needs such as ASD and provide training to pediatric dentistry and advanced education in general dentistry residents over five years.
"Nova Southeastern University is committed to researching and implementing new techniques to help patients with special needs," said Dr. Romer Ocanto, chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. "This funding will allow us to partner with community organizations and general dentists in Florida and throughout the Southeastern U.S. to enhance dental services available to patients with autism."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 children has been diagnosed with ASD, and average medical expenses for children and adolescents with ASD are up to $6,200 higher per year than children without ASD.