The Oral and Comprehensive Health Program aims to promote clinical research to advance knowledge in diagnosis, prevention, and management of dental, oral, and craniofacial diseases in the context of systemic health. Examples of supported research include:
- Examining the role of oral health providers and strategies to address comprehensive health needs of dental patients in dental settings and through interprofessional collaboration;
- Enhancing interprofessional efforts to advance the integration of oral and comprehensive health and advance health equity;
- Understanding how nutritional and environmental factors interact and contribute to development of dental, oral, and craniofacial diseases;
- Assessing treatment outcomes and identifying best practices for treatment of the oral sequelae of systemic diseases;
- Exploring mechanisms between maternal comprehensive health and stressors encountered in utero and the dental, oral, and craniofacial health and development of their offspring;
- Evaluating and understanding the interplay between autoimmune disease and dental, oral and craniofacial health; and
- Understanding the interplay of dental, oral and craniofacial disease on systemic health and well-being in the geriatric population.