Press Release: University of Utah professor named to NIH NIDCR Director position

“Rena N. D’Souza, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., has been selected by Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health, to lead the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) as its ninth director.”

“In her new role, expected to begin later this year, D’Souza will oversee the institute’s basic, translational, and clinical research to advance the nation’s oral health in areas of oral cancer, orofacial pain, tooth decay, periodontal disease, salivary gland dysfunction, craniofacial development and disorders, and the oral complications of systemic diseases. She will also manage the institute’s annual budget of more than $475 million, which primarily supports research grants and training awards for scientists at various stages of their careers, from high school students to independent scientists…”

“D’Souza is currently the assistant vice president for academic affairs and education for health sciences at the University of Utah…” Read the full press release here.

Source: U professor named to NIH position – By Kathy Wilets, August 14, 2020. University of Utah.

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