Advancing Dental Research and Clinical Practice in China

Principal Investigator: Syngcuk Kim, DDS, PhD, Louis I Grossman Professor of Endodontics & Associate Dean for Global Affairs

Co-Principal Investigators: Songtao Shi, DDS, PhD., Chair and Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology; Dana Graves, DDS, DMSc, Interim Chair and Professor of Periodontics, Vice Dean for Scholarship and Research Director for the Doctor of Science in Dentistry Program; Hyun Koo, DDS, PhD, Professor of Orthodontics

Lead School: School of Dental Medicine

Penn Partners: School of Dental Medicine (Department of Biochemistry); Perelman School of Medicine (Center for Targeted Therapeutics and Translational Nanomedicine; Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Diseases); School of Engineering and Applied Science (Departments of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)

Chinese Partners: Sichuan University (West China College of Stomatology); Peking University School and Hospital of Stomatology (Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery); Wuhan University (School of Stomatology); Fourth Military Medical University (School of Stomatology); Drum Tower Clinical Medical College of Nanjing Medical University (Department of Rheumatology and Immunology)

Project Background

Since 2010, Penn Dental Medicine (PDM) has been actively engaged in academic institutions and private dental care organization in China. The current PDM project will support high-level research Symposia on Bone, Biofilm and Stem Cells, which are critical and important research agenda items in dentistry worldwide.

In addition to research, Chinese dental academicians need in-depth training in many specialties of dentistry, many which PDM have developed. The research Symposia along with hands-on courses on various specialties in dentistry at the PWCC makes the Center a preeminent place in China for knowledge exchange and professional training.

Another key issue in Chinese dentistry is dental care delivery to a population of 1.3 billion with 200,000 dentists (in comparison with the USA, where 150,000 dentists serve a population of 300 million). A conference on this critical issue with leaders in organized dentistry and academicians in China and the USA is timely. The exchange of ideas and demonstrating our past experiences and current dental care through this forum may play an important role in shaping the future of dental care delivery in China.