In September 2008, the NIDCR again funded Centers for Research to Reduce Disparities in Oral Health. In doing so, the Institute continues its commitment to understanding and eliminating the disproportionate burden of oral diseases suffered by segments of the U.S. population, including the poor, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with acquired or developmental special needs. The Centers for Research to Reduce Disparities in Oral Health are located at Boston University, the University of California, San Francisco, the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Florida, and the University of Washington.
At these centers, teams of investigators from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, in partnership with communities, are conducting research on dental caries and oral/pharyngeal cancer. In addition to the Oral Health Disparities Centers initiative, the NIDCR funds numerous and varied types of studies focused on understanding and eliminating inequalities that exist in a wide range of disadvantaged communities and populations.
To learn more about the Centers, please visit their web sites:
Interviews with NIDCR-Supported Health Disparities Researchers
For additional information about oral health disparities research, please contact:
Ruth Nowjack-Raymer, MPH, PhD
Health Disparities Research Program
Center for Clinical Research
Division of Extramural Research
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
6701 Democracy Blvd.
Room 640, Mail Stop 4878
Bethesda, MD 20892-4878
Telephone: (301) 594-5394
Fax: (301) 480-8322