SAN ANTONIO, April 27, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ –The National Institutes of Health has awarded a four-year, $2.4 million grant to The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio), which will work in collaboration with the American Dental Association Science & Research Institute (ADASRI) to conduct a clinical trial studying the responsible use of antibiotics in combination with other treatments for periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease.
The study, funded by NIH’s National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research, will be led by principal grant recipient and investigator Georgios Kotsakis, DDS, MS, associate professor of periodontics at the UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry. ADASRI chief executive officer Marcelo Araujo, DDS, PhD, will serve as co-investigator and collaborator.
The goal of the project is to generate real-world data on periodontal disease treatments that are supplemented by the use of antibiotics, otherwise known as adjunctive antibiotic therapy. The data will be collected by more than 30 clinicians who belong to the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN), for the study titled, “Shaping the Indications for Periodontal Adjunctive Antibiotics in Dental Practice: A PBRN Clinical Trial.” The study will enroll 1,050 periodontal patients who receive dental care in practices across the country.