The research focus of the CCDG is to understand the etiology of complex human phenotypes, primarily those increasing risk for craniofacial and dental disorders. The CCDG has a particular emphasis on genetic factors contributing to risk.
The CCDG is a collaborator in several large-scale, National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored genomic studies including the Gene Environment Association Studies Initiative (GENEVA) and genome-wide association study (GWAS) initiatives to better understand the genetics of dental caries and oral clefts.
The 3D Analysis of Normal Facial Variation Study (NIH/NIDCR Grant U01-DE020078) was a collaborative initiative led by Drs. Weinberg and Marazita, involving investigators at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and the University of Iowa.