Over the last five years the Professors Callum Ross, PhD (CFR) at the University of Chicago and Felippe Prado, Ana Cláudia Rossi and Alexandre Rodrigues Freire at the School of Dentistry of Piracicaba-University of Campinas have developed collaborative research projects between their basic science and clinical research programs in orofacial biology of humans and model systems (nonhuman primates and rats).

             This research in craniofacial biomechanics in health and dysfunction, including first arch dysgenesis, temporomandibular disorders [TMDs], and alveolar bone loss: applies our expertise in musculoskeletal biomechanics, craniofacial orthopedics, neurobiology, bone biology, and finite element modeling. 
            In this Conference, we will to review ongoing clinical and basic science research programs in craniofacial biology of humans and nonhuman primate model systems; 
            The Conference in School of Dentistry of Piracicaba – FOP/UNICAMP will bring together clinical and basic science researchers from Chicago and Brazil to review their ongoing research in the following fields:

a. Clinical research:

           i. distraction osteogenesis of the craniofacial skeleton and treatment of individuals with first arch related syndromes, including Zika-virus related.
          ii. alveolar bone health after dental extraction in rat and nonhuman primate models.
          iii. craniofacial bone biology in health and disease.
         iv. orofacial muscle biology in health and disease.

b. Basic science research:

        i. feeding biomechanics in capuchin monkeys and their potential as a model for the study of human health and disease.
       ii. diversity of diet, morphology, and feeding behavior in wild Brazilian capuchin monkeys.
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