At the College of Dental Medicine, research is one of the three pillars of the mission of the school along with education and patient care. Faculty members of the College of Dental Medicine have active research programs in several thematic areas including Health Policy and Services Research, Epidemiology of Oral Diseases, Systemic and Oral Disease Interactions, Connective Tissue Bone, and Stem Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering, and Clinical Research. These research programs are supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as other funding agencies and industry sources. Faculty members collaborate broadly with colleagues at Columbia University and College of Physicians and Surgeons, Mailman School of Public Health, School of Nursing and Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, as well as with colleagues worldwide. Translational Research is an important component, in additional to basic discoveries. Technology development and transfer is supported by Columbia Technology Ventures.
The College of Dental Medicine offers multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research projects for predoctoral and postdoctoral students. Faculty and students at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (CDM) aspire to continuously accomplish remarkable milestones in dental and craniofacial research.
There is an active Student Research Program that selectively enrolls and funds ~25% of the second year D.D.S. class, with students working in laboratories of dentistry, medicine, public health and engineering at Columbia, and external institutions including the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). A number of predoctoral and postdoctoral students have received national and international recognition for their research work, ranging from osteonecrosis, orthodontic tooth movement, sociobehavioral science and stem cell biology/tissue engineering. Recently, two CDM trainees received AADR Hatton Awards (out of 6 awarded nationally) that represent the highest recognition by AADR for student/postdoctoral research. The depth and breadth of research awards and grants that have been obtained by CDM faculty members continues to grow, leading to publications in high impact scientific journals and intellectual properties.