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DDS Student Wins AADR Fellowship for Gene Therapy Research

May  19, 2009

Jennifer Fountain, a member of the DDS Class of 2010, recently won an American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Student Research Fellowship for her proposal "Enhancing Transfection of Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma Cells for Gene Therapy". She received a $2,100 stipend as well as $300 for research supplies. Fountain was one of 18 awardees out of 66 applicants.

"I'm really excited to work on a project that could help oral cancer patients to be free of cancer in the long run," said Fountain. "New treatment options such as gene therapy could provide the hope we need. Even though there are many cell lines of oral cancer that we have yet to experiment with, our research is helping to pave the road. Ultimately, I hope that gene therapy can one day be a successful means of treatment."

The AADR Student Research Fellowship was created to encourage dental students living in the United States to consider careers in oral health research. Awards are made on the basis of creativity of the project, its feasibility, and its potential significance to oral health research.

The American Association for Dental Research, headquartered in Alexandria, Va., is a non-profit organization with more than 4,000 members in the United States. Its mission is to advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health; to support and represent the oral health research community; and to facilitate the communication and application of research findings. For more information, visit

Category Type: Honors and Awards, Dental Issues and Research

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