Florida Blue Broadens Support to Include Research Initiative
A $100,000 donation by Florida Blue will help NSU College of Dental Medicine faculty and student researchers advance discoveries to repair cleft palates by regenerating bone in the hard palate region with stem cells.
Florida Blue has supported scholarships in the past, but added the research initiative to go beyond helping people today by building a stronger future in the community.
“The research that is being done creates better outcomes and protects quality of life,” explained Penny Shaffer, Florida Blue marketing president for South Florida. “These are the hallmarks of the things that we find important, valuable, and absolutely mission critical for the health industry.”
Florida Blue operates in all 67 counties of Florida under the mission to build healthier communities, Shaffer added.
“We are indebted to Florida Blue for their support of our research program, and furthering our mission in finding novel treatment options,” said NSU College of Dental Medicine Associate Dean of Research Ana Karina Mascarenhas, B.D.S., M.P.H., Dr.P.H.