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University of Florida Opens New Dental Clinical Research Unit

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Submitted by the University of Florida College of Dentistry

The University of Florida (UF) College of Dentistry recently opened a Dental Clinical Research Unit (DCRU) as a collaborative effort with the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) to facilitate and encourage translational research. The DCRU provides a fully equipped dental clinical environment, which is immediately prepared to host single-site and multi-center research projects for dental faculty, residents, and students, as well as collaborative research endeavors with investigators from other disciplines.

“Our focus is on enhancing clinical and translational research within the college, as well as developing collaborative research with additional partners,” said Dr. Katherine A. Karpinia, Associate Professor in Periodontology. “We hope to build on the success of the college’s Periodontal Disease Research Center (PDRC) and also expand services to meet the clinical/translational research needs of the university and collaborative investigators.”

The newly dedicated DCRU includes eight fully equipped dental operatories with computers and internet access, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) supplies, storage space, a subject waiting area and a locked, secure clinical environment located on the third floor of the College of Dentistry. “Combined with the success of the PDRC, which includes a dental laboratory, radiography (standard and digital), three onsite ‘Good Clinical Practice’ certified study coordinators, an extensive subject database, Clinic Coordinator/Project Manager Brenda Hales, and knowledgeable, certified staff, the DCRU offers valuable resources to our college,” said Dr. Ingvar Magnusson, Professor in Oral Biology, who has a strong interest in Periodontology.

“We have several researchers already using the third floor clinical facility. We would like to thank Dean Teresa A. Dolan and Dr. Robert Burne, Associate Dean for Research, for their vision and commitment toward enhancing the college’s clinical and translational research as part of the CTSI, and we would like everyone to know that the DCRU is available and ready for research,” Drs. Karpinia and Magnusson agreed.

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