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Research Agenda

Research of Importance to the Practicing Dentist, 2017–2018*

2017–2018 ADA Research Agenda (PDF)


Under the ADA Bylaws, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs is charged with developing a biennial research agenda that presents a targeted list of key research priorities for the practice of dentistry and the advancement of oral health care. The ADA Research Agenda is shared with external organizations, dental schools and funding agencies to promote further study and financial support for these priorities. Biennial updates help ensure that the Research Agenda addresses existing and emerging research needs and priorities in dentistry, with input from ADA members and other stakeholders.

As America’s leading advocate for oral health, the ADA strongly supports the dental research enterprise, and takes a leading role in promoting, conducting and critically reviewing research on topics related to dentistry and its relationship to the overall health of the individual. The ADA will continue to serve as a facilitator of the national dental research effort, identify priority topics for research, and help ensure the timely dissemination of information to the profession.

Research Agenda Topics

The Council on Scientific Affairs develops a biennial Research Agenda to identify the critical research needs of dentists and other health care professionals, and to advance scientific research on high-priority topics and emerging issues of importance in the management of oral diseases. The Council believes that these issues have short- and long-term impact on the quality of patient care and the continuing development of dental practice. The Council wishes to emphasize that the Research Agenda is not exhaustive, but rather highlights priority topics that are directly related to patient care, answerable, and likely to significantly impact the practice of dentistry.

We invite your feedback and comments about the dental research priorities presented in the 2017–2018 ADA Research Agenda. Please email your comments to us at:

*Approved by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, February 2017.