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Dentistry Center of Excellence

For over one hundred and thirty-four years, Meharry’s School of Dentistry has provided educational opportunities for African Americans, ethnic minorities, and underrepresented/disadvantaged students through educational programs, service delivery and community outreach programs. The School of Dentistry plays a vital role in addressing oral health disparities within the United States and other underserved countries. We emphasize comprehensive evidence-based care, regardless of social or economic circumstances, geographical origin or ethnicity.

Established in 1988, Meharry’s Dentistry Center of Excellence remains a nationally recognized resource for providing a strong curriculum in clinical dentistry and basic principles of research. Forty percent of active African American dentists graduated from Meharry and a vast majority of our graduates practice in underserved communities. We ensure that research training is fully integrated within the academic programs, encouraging faculty and students to be fully engaged in research activities.

Research support for students is available and has focused on:

  • oral biology and systemic health
  • issues surrounding opioid use
  • diabetes
  • intimate partner violence
  • cancer
  • behavioral sciences
  • women’s health
  • HIV/AIDS

For more information, contact the School of Dentistry Student & Academic Affairs.

Dentistry Center of Excellence Publications

Metformin regulates multiple signaling pathways within castration-resistant human prostate cancer cells.
Emuejevoke Olokpa, Sammed N Mandape, Siddharth Pratap, La Monica V Stewart

Sickle Cell Disease and Gene Therapy - Patient and Physician Perspectives.
Michael DeBaun, Matthew Heeney, Terry Jackson, Dan Longo, Melesa Love, Trinity Love, Phillip Okwo, Alexis Thompson, Cassandra Trimnell, Teonna Woolford

Development and pilot implementation of guidelines for culturally tailored research recruitment materials for African Americans and Latinos.
Jennifer Cunningham-Erves, Sheila V Kusnoor, Victoria Villalta-Gil, Sarah C Stallings, Jabari S Ichimura, Tiffany L Israel, Paul A Harris, Consuelo H Wilkins