Innovation Centers / Dentistry Center of Excellence

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

Prioritization of Features for Mobile Apps for Families in a Federal Nutrition Program for Low-Income Women, Infants, and Children: User-Centered Design Approach.
Summer J Weber, Elyse Shearer, Shelagh A Mulvaney, Douglas Schmidt, Chris Thompson, Jessica Jones, Haseeb Ahmad, Martina Coe, Pamela C Hull

Predicting pain among female survivors of recent interpersonal violence: A proof-of-concept machine-learning approach.
Edward Lannon, Francisco Sanchez-Saez, Brooklynn Bailey, Natalie Hellman, Kerry Kinney, Amber Williams, Subodh Nag, Matthew E Kutcher, Burel R Goodin, Uma Rao, Matthew C Morris

Association of time of day and extubation success in very low birthweight infants: a multicenter cohort study.
Brittany Guy, Mary Eva Dye, Laura Richards, Scott O Guthrie, L Dupree Hatch

Manganese-induced reactive oxygen species activate IκB kinase to upregulate YY1 and impair glutamate transporter EAAT2 function in human astrocytes in vitro.
Asha Rizor, Edward Pajarillo, Ivan Nyarko-Danquah, Alexis Digman, Leyah Mooneyham, Deok-Soo Son, Michael Aschner, Eunsook Lee

Notch as an Immunologic Basis of Cancer Disparities.
Portia LaLiah Thomas, Anil Shanker

Multiplatform computational analysis of mast cells in adrenocortical carcinoma tumor microenvironment.
Jordan J Baechle, David N Hanna, Konjeti R Sekhar, Jeffrey C Rathmell, Wendy Kimryn Rathmell, Naira Baregamian