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Spotlight on practice-based research networks at ADA 2014

April 21, 2014

By Jean Williams, ADA News staff

Dr. Gilbert
San Antonio—An Oct. 9 course at ADA 2014—America's Dental Meeting will explore dental practice-based research networks.

The National Practice-Based Research Network is the sponsor for Practice-Based Research: How Can It Help My Practice? The 2.5-hour course is planned for 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

PBRNs are an investigative union of practicing dentists and academic scientists conducting studies in dental offices with consenting patients. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research first funded dental practice-based research networks in 2005 to provide practitioners with an opportunity to propose and participate in research studies addressing oral health care.

Representatives from the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network, headquartered at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, will cover the fundamentals of dental PBRNs at ADA 2014 to help dentists understand the relevance to chairside dentistry. The course is designed to engage the dental audience in the network experience and will examine dental PBRN study findings for isolation techniques and the cracked tooth registry.

Planned speakers include dental PBRN practitioners Drs. Paul Benjamin, of Miami, and Walter Manning, of Portland, Ore.; and Dena Fischer of NIDCR. Dr. Gregg Gilbert, National Dental PBRN director and chair of the Department of Clinical and Community Sciences at University of Alabama at Birmingham, is also on the panel.

The no-fee course is worth 2.5 hours of continuing education credits; course code is 5385. To register for the course, visit

For more information on the network, visit