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American Dental Association, The Forsyth Institute Again Offering Popular Evidence-Based Dentistry Training Course

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CHICAGO, Aug. 24, 2012 – After enthusiastic feedback from its previous students, the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) and The Forsyth Institute's Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, have announced they will hold the ADA/Forsyth EBD Course in 2012.

Scheduled for Nov. 5-9, 2012, at The Forsyth Institute in Cambridge, Mass., the intensive, five-day training course in evidence-based principles and tools is a collaboration between the ADA and Forsyth.  The course links the strong initiatives of the ADA Center for EBD with Forsyth's solid history of EBD and scientific research.

Focus of EBD coursework

Participants will learn the skills to understand, appraise, and implement new dental treatment and diagnostic options into their practice, curriculum or research. Taking an interactive, problem and solution-based approach, EBD coursework focuses on human clinical trials, addressing quantitative and qualitative outcomes, risk calculation, and systematic reviews. Participants will be challenged to:

  • Formulate clinical questions
  • Search for evidence
  • Practice critical reading and appraisal
  • Implement EBD into practice
  • Understand clinical trial design
  • Navigate the ADA EBD Web site ( and Critical Summaries of Systematic Reviews

Who should attend

The hands-on learning environment is an opportunity for the many different disciplines of dentistry to collaborate on evidence-based solutions in their own work.  Previous attendees benefiting from the course include private and public health practitioners, educators, researchers, and dentists working in industry.  The 40-student class will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested U.S. and international candidates should submit their applications by Sept. 7, 2012.  Note that the course will only be offered in English. Candidates must fill out a questionnaire and submit current curriculum vitae. The $2,500 course offers a 20 percent discount to ADA members, but is also open to nonmembers. The first 40 applicants will receive $500 off the tuition from the course co-sponsor, Sunstar Americas, Inc. Course graduates receive ADA continuing education credits and a certificate in EBD from The Forsyth Institute.

Distinguished faculty

The distinguished faculty for this year's session includes Richard Niederman, D.M.D., M.A., director of the Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry at The Forsyth Institute; Derek Richards, B.D.S., M.Sc., DDPH, FDS (DPH) , director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry at Oxford University, UK; and Elliot Abt, D.D.S., M.S., M.Sc., attending staff at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago.

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About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website

About The ADA Center for Evidence-based Dentistry

The ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry is headquartered in the ADA Division of Science, under the advisement of the Council on Scientific Affairs. Established in 2007, the Center develops resources to help dentists integrate clinically relevant scientific evidence at the point of care. The Center facilitates access to the best available scientific information related to oral health care, and develops evidence-based resources for use in clinical practice. The Center's mission is to assist practitioners and improve the oral health of the public by collaborating with other interested parties to enhance the evidence base and its integration in clinical practice; appraising and disseminating the best available scientific evidence on oral health care; and helping practitioners understand and apply the best available evidence in their clinical decision-making. For more information, visit the EBD Website at 

About The Forsyth Institute

The Forsyth Institute is the world’s leading independent organization dedicated to scientific research and education in oral health and related biomedical sciences.  Established in 1910, Forsyth’s goal is to lead the discovery, communication and application of breakthroughs in oral health and disease prevention that will significantly improve the health and well-being of the nation and the world. For more information about Forsyth visit its web site at