DOCTRC successfully hosts their 4th Annual Joint Retreat in Los Angeles, CA December 4–6, 2023

The 2023 4th Annual Joint DOCTRC was hosted at the USC Health Sciences Conference Center. The Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Tissue Regeneration Consortium (DOCTRC) is comprised of two NIH-funded resource centers, the Center for Dental, Oral & Craniofacial Tissue & Organ Regeneration (C-DOCTOR) and the Michigan-Pittsburgh-Wyss Regenerative Medicine (MPWRM) Resource Center. These resource centers receive funding from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) with the mission to shepherd new therapies through pre-clinical studies and into human clinical trials, commercialization, and broad clinical adoption.  The event highlighted the progress of the projects in each Resource Center’s Interdisciplinary Translational Project portfolio and feature keynote speeches from Srinivas Nandkumar, PhD (US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Radiological and Device Health, Director of Dental and ENT Devices) and Dr. Rena D’Souza, DDS, MS, PhD (NIDCR, Director). There was also a special presentation from the retreat’s co-funder, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) by Lisa Kadyk, PhD.  The retreat was an excellent opportunity for attendees to connect with other project teams, the DOCTRC leadership, NIDCR program staff, DOCTRC operations staff, and external advisors and consultants to network and collaborate.