The American Association of Endodontists and the AAE Foundation are seeking applications to support research to investigate regenerative endodontic treatment. The goal is to obtain reliable evidence about the conditions under which pulpal regeneration occurs in patients. Applications are due by August 1, 2013, and up to $2.5 million in funding will be allocated to support one or more studies. The guidelines and application can be downloaded from the AAE website.
"Regenerative endodontics is a revolutionary approach to managing and saving teeth with open apices that may otherwise be extracted," said Dr. Avina Paranjpe, member of the AAE Regenerative Endodontics Committee. "Through this AAE Foundation-funded research we hope to document pulpal regeneration and, ultimately, sponsor clinical research in this fast-emerging field."
Examples of research that could be funded include studies on factors associated with pulpal regeneration such as patient and tooth characteristics, clinical history or treatment methods. These studies need to build the evidence base to support regenerative endodontic therapy in clinical practice and may also aid in the design of future clinical trials to investigate the efficacy or effectiveness of pulpal regenerative treatment.
"The AAE and its members are among the leaders in regenerative dentistry," said AAE Foundation President Dr. Keith V. Krell. "With this multi-million dollar commitment to regenerative endodontics research, we are working to ensure the specialty's place at the forefront of the dental health arena."
The AAE collects data on regenerative endodontics through its Regenerative Endodontics Database, where practitioners can submit information related to revascularization cases. This data will be used is used in endodontic research, to assist in establishing treatment best practices and to clarify future research initiatives for these cutting-edge therapies. You can also view the current considerations for regenerative procedures on the AAE website. These considerations are continuously updated based on current research.