Exciting times for the Periodontal Research Group in the School of Dentistry!

Periodontitis is an infectious-inflammatory disease of the gums that destroys the bone that supports the teeth, resulting in tooth loss. It is also independently associated with several systemic chronic inflammatory diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and COPD.

The Periodontal Research Group (PRG) is doing a huge amount of research into the impact of treatment of periodontitis on the outcomes of these medical co-morbidities and has seen more award success over the last few weeks.Dr Melissa Grant and Prof Iain Chapple work closely with Dr Paola de Pablo in the School of Immunity and Infection, who has just won an award of $10,000 by the International Association for Dental Research to characterise the oral microbiome in rheumatoid arthritis and periodontitis patients.

Mr Praveen Sharma has also been awarded an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship of £400,000 to study the impact of periodontal intervention on renal and vascular systems in patients with chronic kidney disease. This research could lead to significant improvements in treatment options for these patients.

In addition, students from the group are flying high having attended the International Association for Dental Research conference in Cape Town. Pip White and Helen Roberts presented their research on dysfunctional aspects of peripheral blood neutrophils in periodontitis and Praveen Sharma chaired a seminar session at the conference.

More information about the Periodontal Research Group and all other research activity in Dentistry can be found on our website:

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/dentistry/research/index.aspx

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