A $1.2-million grant from the National Institutes of Health has been awarded to a periodontist from the SIU School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Nathalia Garcia secured the funding that will allow the school to participate in a multi-center study entitled "Biomarkers of Periodontal Disease Progression.

Through the study, Garcia will work with colleagues and staff to study 60 patients with the goal of identifying indicative characteristics of the progression of periodontal disease in those subjects and exploring the disease from microbiological, genetic and immunological perspectives.

Dr. Bruce Rodder, Dean of the SIU SDM says the group has a few things they hope to accomplish through this study.

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Rodder also says this project includes a total of 500 subjects who will participate at five different dental research centers across the country. Those facilities include the Forsythe Institute in Cambridge Massachusetts, the SIU SDM, the University of Michigan, New York University, and State University of New York.

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