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Dental Practice-Based Research Networks

Improving Dental Care through Research
(December 2014)
Dr. Gregg Gilbert In 2012, NIDCR awarded a $66.8 million, seven-year grant that consolidated its three regional dental practice-based research networks into one nationally coordinated effort. The consolidated initiative, renamed the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network is headquartered at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry. UAB leads and oversees the six regional research sites of the network. Science Spotlight recently spoke with Gregg Gilbert D.D.S., M.B.A., the National Network Director and Chair of the UAB School of Dentistry’s Department of Clinical & Community Sciences, for an update on the network.  Read more...

Building a Dental Practice-Based Research Network
(June 2005)
Dental Practice Based Research Network icon The NIDCR last Spring awarded three seven-year grants, totaling $75 million, to establish "practice-based" research networks (PBRNs) that investigate with greater scientific rigor "everyday" issues in the delivery of oral healthcare.  The impetus behind the networks is the frequent lack of research data to guide treatment decisions in the dentist's office.  The Inside Scoop recently spoke with the principal investigators of these three grants to hear their thoughts on PBRNs, their organization, and how they will improve oral health.  Read more...


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This page last updated: December 17, 2014