Biomineralization studies are shedding light on how urinary stones form

With new imaging technology, scientists and clinicians can visualize biological systems.  At the correlative imaging facility, operated by the School of Dentistry, researchers analyze tiny tooth fragments to understand damage from bacteria, grinding teeth and how ligament mineralization affects gum and bone near the teeth.  But the imaging technology has application and value far beyond oral health. One of Ho's collaborators is Marshall Stoller, UCSF professor of urology and nationally recognized leader in treating kidney disease. Their NIH-supported biomineralization studies are shedding light on how urinary stones form. They hope the research will guide novel treatments for a disease that is on the rise worldwide.

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