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North Carolina Ph.D. candidate, dentist receives research award

November 20, 2017 Chapel Hill, N.C. — The ADA Foundation announced that Dr. Kevin Byrd received the ADA Foundation Crest and Oral-B Promising Research Award for his research on oral soft tissue growth, patterning and regeneration.

The ADA Foundation and Procter & Gamble launched the award in 2017 to promote and recognize excellence in oral health research that advances preventive dentistry. Dr. Byrd, a Ph.D. candidate in oral and craniofacial biomedicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will receive $5,000 to attend a scientific conference to further his knowledge and/or to present findings.

Dr. Byrd is a clinician/scientist who works in a UNC lab in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine and is currently interested in how resident stem cells are able to regenerate oral soft tissues despite constant challenges from microbes, toxins and injury.

"Awards like the ADA Foundation Crest and Oral-B Promising Research Award are vital to my career because it is necessary to get this work out to the wider community at conferences across disciplines," Dr. Byrd wrote in his application. "I believe that the future of advanced precision care in any clinical practice is at the center of basic science, clinical practice and informatics."

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