Investing in the Future of Academic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

As educators and investigators, we show our commitment to the future of oral and maxillofacial surgery by sustaining an active program of independent research and by providing leadership and mentorship in investigational methodology.  Since 2002, the faculty of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has contributed a percentage of its clinical income to the Education and Research Fund in order to underwrite compelling investigational pursuits without regard to extramural funding.  This investment derives value in many ways:

  • it demonstrates in a tangible way our collective commitment to our teaching and research missions
  • it stimulates innovative thinking and facilitates outcomes by providing seed money for new pilot projects and programs
  • it enriches the residency program by ensuring completion of a major research project leading most candidates to publication and presentation at a national meeting during their training
  • it provides a platform for outstanding dental students to experience academic oral and maxillofacial surgery early in their training.

To date, our internal grants have supported educational programs, travel, and pilot projects.

Recent Presentations by Residents at National Meetings Funded by ERF Travel Grants

The role of HPV in oral squamous cell carcinoma pathogenesis: A systematic review of 1998-2008 (IADR, April, 2009)

Analysis for criteria for MRI diagnosis of TMJ disc displacement with reduction (IADR, April, 2009)

Age related changes of the upper airway assessed by three dimensional computed tomography (AAOMS, Sept, 2008)

CD 34 staining density predicts giant cell clinical behavior (Awarded best abstract presentation, AAOMS, Sept, 2008)

Does delayed-placement of implants following tooth extraction affect implant survival? (Awarded best poster abstract presentation, AAID, Fall, 2008)

Evaluation of midface distraction osteogenesis on obstructive sleep apnea in children (AAOMS, 2007)

Early vs. late repair of lingual nerve injuries and functional sensory recovery (AADR, 2007)

Predicting LOS and complications in early treatment of odontogenic infections (AAOMS, 2006)

Patient satisfaction and clinical findings after trigeminal nerve repair (AAOMS, 2006)

Risk factors and survival of 6x6 implants (IADR, 2006)

ERF-Funded Research Pilot Programs

The following are ERF-funded projects conducted by OMS residents or HSDM students under the mentorship of OMS faculty:

  1. Efficacy of temporomandibular joint bony ankylosis surgical treatments.
  2. Serial immunohistochemical characterization of distraction osteogenesis in the minipig mandible.
  3. Osseous tissue engineering with three-dimensional printed beta-TCP/PCL scaffold and early implantation: An in vitro study in a porcine mandible model.
  4. Multilocularity as a defining characteristic of the odontogenic keratocyst.
  5. Whole genome arrays for giant cell lesions.
  6. Giant cell tumors of the jaw and long bones: The same or different? A clinical and radiographic comparison.
  7. A histopathologic comparison of giant cell tumors of the jaw and long bones: The same or different?
  8. Evaluation of curvilinear distraction devices for correction of mandibular deformities.
  9. Immunohistochemical evaluations of giant cell tumors of the jaws using CD133.
  10. Continuous automated mandibular distraction device--Phase II study.
  11. Three-dimensional printed polycaprolactone (PCL) and beta-tricalcium phosphate (TCP)-PCL scaffolds for bone tissue engineering: An in vitro study.
  12. Analysis for human mandibular condylar cartilage for tissue markers of collagen matrix defects.
  13. Proliferation and adaptational changes (hypertrophy) of anterior digastric, medial pterygoid, and masseter myocytes after distraction osteogenesis of porcine mandible.
  14. Using ultrasound to evaluate lingual nerve injuries.
  15. MRI Project: Diagnosis of TMJ disk displacement with reduction.
  16. Evaluation of changes in the IAN morphology during mandibular lengthening in the porcine model of distraction osteogenesis.
  17. Bone healing after irradiation.

Future of the ERF

It is the goal of the ERF to become a sustaining endowment. We welcome the generous contributions of Mass General OMS alumni, former patients, and charitable foundations in helping us to reach this goal.

For more information on the OMS Education and Research Fund, contact us at

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