Oral and Maxillofacial Research

(See also: Dentistry, Pathology/Virology, Surgery/Emergency and Critical Care)

My current research fields are 1) regenerating the mandibular bone after resective surgery or due to defect non-unions. This project combines the use of BMP-2 and a scaffold and efforts towards understanding stem-cells recruitments locally and systemically 2) adipose-derived mesanchymal stem cells for the treatment of feline gingivostomatitis. 3) the biomechanics and kinematics of mandibular reconstruction in dogs and cats 4) Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, diagnistics and treatments studies. These projects extend and bridge the clinical practice at the UC Davis VMTH on one side and basic and regenerative laboratory science on the other side.

The summer STAR project is intended to take place at UC Davis.

The 2019 summer STAR project is entitled “Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) and pathology of canine temporomandibular joint osteoarthritis: an agreement study” and will be done with collaboration with Dr. Derek Cissell.

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Derek Cissell

Research interests: Cartilage, biomechanics, diagnostic imaging

VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences

Dr. Cissell is a veterinary radiologist specializing in equine diagnostic imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT). His laboratory aims to improve the diagnosis and treatment of joint disorders by: (1) developing biomedical imaging techniques to detect early cartilage injury; (2) predicting tissue function via non-invasive imaging; and (3) applying imaging for assessing cartilage repair. The lab is engaged in research characterizing temporomandibular joint disorders in animals, using MRI to evaluate cartilage, and developing novel imaging protocols for imaging animal joints.

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Eric G. Johnson, DVM

Associate Professor of Clinical Surgical & Radiological Sciences

My background research interests include mapping of lymphatic pathways with ultrasound, CT and MRI and novel disease descriptions using these cross sectional imaging modalities.

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