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Dental student to do research into rare, painful condition

Scholar grant — Michelle Bornemann Honoré has received DKK 147,000 to research the disease EDS in muscles and jaw joints. She hopes it can help dentists reveal the disease earlier in patients.

For the next year, dental student Michelle Bornemann Honoré (22) is to investigate how a rare disease affects our teeth, chewing muscles and jaws.

Michelle Bornemann Honoré received a scholarship of DKK 147,000 from the Dental Association on 3rd November to investigate the connective tissue disease Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). It can lead to periodontitis at an early age and painful musculo-skeletal disorders.

According to Michelle Bornemann Honoré, no research has yet been done in EDS in Danish patients. She is to investigate the consequences the disease has on patients.

Dentists can better target the treatment

A genetic test can reveal EDS, but many patients are only diagnosed with the disease as an adult. This is where Michelle Bornemann Honoré hopes to make a difference.

“I hope my research can shed light on the consequences of the disease, and help dentists quickly suspect the disease when patients have EDS, but have not yet been diagnosed with it. In this way you can detect the disease earlier, and the dentist can better target the treatment,” she says in a press release from the Danish Dental Association.

Michelle Bornemann Honore will be finished in a couple of years time with her dental study programme as a master’s student in odontology at the University of Copenhagen. She then hopes to take a PhD, as the EDS project has given her an interest in doing further research.