The Office of the Clinical Director (OCD) oversees, in coordination with the Office of the Scientific Director, NIDCR intramural clinical research activities.
The mission of the Office of the Clinical Director is to provide a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment that promotes the translation of basic research discoveries into clinical practices.
The Office achieves its mission through the following components:
- Dental Clinical Research Core: NIDCR conducts investigator-initiated clinical research to develop state-of-the-art diagnostic, preventive, and therapeutic interventions for dental, oral, and craniofacial diseases. NIDCR Clinical Research Protocols emphasize rare diseases. The Office of the Clinical Director ensures that clinical research is ethical, efficient, and of high scientific quality.
- Dental Clinic and Consult Services: For patients enrolled in protocols at the NIH Clinical Center, the Dental Clinic and Consult Services offer oral evaluations and care by board-certified specialists who have the clinical expertise to manage and characterize diseases of the dental, oral, and craniofacial complex.
- Dental Clinical Research Fellowship Program: NIDCR is training the next generation of clinician-scientists in dental, oral, and craniofacial research.
The Office further achieves its mission by defining and reducing the barriers to conducting ground-breaking human clinical trials and communicating the insight gained from research to the appropriate stakeholders and the community abroad.