Spring 2013: Dental Practice-Based Research Networks


Dental Practice-Based Research Networks: Dr. Eugene L. Anderson, Chief Policy Officer and Managing Vice President, ADEA Policy Center

Guest Commentary: Dr. Gregg H. Gilbert for the National Dental PBRN Collaborative Group

Practitioner Spotlight: Dr. Paul L. Benjamin

Educator Spotlight: Dr. Donald R. Nixdorf, University of Minnesota


Dental Practice-Based Research Networks

Dr. Eugene L. Anderson, Chief Policy Officer and Managing Vice President, ADEA Policy Center

Our last two issues of the ADEA CCI Liaison Ledger looked at evidence-based dentistry. In this issue, we focus on dental practice-based research networks, a relatively new way that academic and practicing dentists are contributing to the evidence base and speeding the adoption of evidence-based dentistry in the practice community.

Medicine has used practice-based research networks for decades, but until recently, these networks have been rare in dentistry. In 2005, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) gave this research tool a secure footing in our community with the funding of three regional networks. In our Guest Commentary, you’ll learn about that effort and how it has evolved into a national initiative from the network’s National Director, Dr. Gregg H. Gilbert, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry. You’ll also meet two dentists involved in the network. Our Educator Spotlight highlights the academic career benefits of network participation, and our Practitioner Spotlight (a first) showcases how network participation can transform a practice. I hope these stories will inspire you and others at your institution to explore the value of engagement in a dental practice-based research network.


Upcoming Events
2013 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition 
March 16-19, 2013
Seattle, Washington

Accreditation Workshop: Faculty Development in IP Team-Based Care
March 17, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

ADEA CCI College President’s Symposium
March 17, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

ADEA CCI Reception
March 17, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

ADEA Regional Accreditation Workshops
April 25-26, 2013
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania