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Penn Dental Medicine was one of the first recipients of the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund (CREF) awards.

Launched in March 2015, the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund is a five-year, $10 million competitive matching program designed to stimulate and support activity in China and engagement with the Penn Wharton China Center. The primary goals of the fund are:

  • To highlight the Penn Wharton China Center as a preeminent space in China for knowledge exchange and professional consultation.
  • To develop new, or strengthen existing, institutional and faculty-to-faculty relationships with Chinese partners.
  • To support outstanding research projects from across the University that are poised to make significant contributions to their field.
  • To increase the study and understanding of China at Penn and create opportunities for meaningful student engagement.

Penn Dental Medicine’s CREF grant, Advancing Research and Clinical Practice in China, has supported the development of high-level research symposia on bone, bio-film, and stem cells.

Our Chinese partners include Sichuan University, Peking University School and the Hospital of Stomatology, Wuhan University, Fourth Military Medical University, and Drum Tower Clinical Medical College of Nanjing Medical University. Other Penn partners to the grant are the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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