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Dental stem cell researchers gather

New York—The Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and National Institutes of Health hosted the first International Conference on Dental and Craniofacial Stem Cells April 27–29 at the New York Academy of Sciences.

About 200 professionals from 19 countries attended conference, which was led by Dr. Jeremy Mao of Columbia, Darvin Prockop, M.D., Ph.D., of Texas A&M Health Science Center, and Pamela Robey, Ph.D., and Nadya Lumelsky, Ph.D., of the National Institutes of Health.

“The conference successfully set the stage for the translation of regenerative therapies for patients with congenital anomalies, trauma, cancer and chronic disorders,” said Dr. Mao, a senior associate dean for research at Columbia University and director of the new Center for Craniofacial Regeneration at Columbia. “Current dental treatments such as cleft palate, missing teeth, root canals and facial trauma are likely to be transformed by what we learn about stem cells.”

For more information, visit http://dental.columbia.edu/ICDCSC.

Image: April conference: Dr. Jeremy Mao greets participants at the first International Conference on Dental and Craniofacial Stem Cells
April conference: Dr. Jeremy Mao, Columbia University, greets participants at the first International Conference on Dental and Craniofacial Stem Cells last month.