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Center for Clinical Research

Dr. Jane AtkinsonDirector: Jane Atkinson, DDS



Center for Clinical Research
Jane Atkinson, DDS

Director, Center for Clinical Research​
Director, Clinical Trials Program

Dena Fischer, DDS, MSD, MS​​

 Director, Clinical and Practice-Based Research Program​ 

​Gallya Gannot, DMD, PhD
​Director, HIV/AIDS and Oral Health Research Program​

Gallya Gannot, DMD, PhD

Director, Clinical Research and Clinical Technologies Program​
Dr. Darien Weatherspoon​​
(301) 594-5394, 
Director, Health Disparities Research Program​​

Mary Cutting, MS, RAC

Health Specialist
Laura Hsu, DrPH
Health Specialist


The Center for Clinical Research supports patient-oriented and population-based research, data analysis, and related activities aimed at improving the dental, oral, and craniofacial health of the nation. The individual programs with the Center support many types of clinical research including clinical trials, research studies conducted in practice-based networks, epidemiology studies, research on clinical technologies, and health disparities research. This includes clinical studies focused on a variety of diseases and conditions, and research addressing all areas of programmatic interest to NIDCR.

 Examples of research supported by the Center include:

  • Epidemiological (clinical) and population-based research studies in all mission areas of the NIDCR.
  • Studies to enhance our knowledge of how individuals with dental, oral, and craniofacial diseases (DOC) can be diagnosed and treated.
  • Studies identifying risk factors (both biological and social) for the development, persistence and progression of DOC.
  • Research to establish the natural history of DOC across the life span. 
  • Clinical research to understand the effects and effectiveness of treatments on DOC. 
  • Clinical trials to test new agents for treatment of DOC or new technologies to diagnose DOC.

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This page last updated: February 12, 2017