Navigating the Research Landscape: Key Strategies for Success

Dates: September 30, 2014
Venue: Noon-1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Webinar, Online

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In the last decade funding from National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to academic dental institutions has declined. In 2012, Academic Dental Institutions (ADIs) received ~45% of the NIDCR’s extramural funding compared to 50% a decade ago. Reasons for this decline are multifaceted and complex, however what is clear is that in order for ADIs to reverse this trend more dental educators must have the support and guidance on how to transform their potential and interest in research tangible projects. Ensuring that research and scientific discovery serve as core missions for each ADI and are purposefully integrated throughout academia and patient care both within the educational and professional setting is essential to the continued success of the dental profession. Stimulating an internal culture that encourages faculty to become stronger influences in decision making about funding directions and priorities at the national level while engaging students and private practitioners in research activities and the critical role of research to health. 

This webinar discussed the need for more dental educators to engage in all types of research and provided key strategies and tips for launching an academic research career or expanding one’s current research portfolio. A key element of building or sustaining a research program is effective networking. Presenting and publishing one’s research leads to important visibility and demonstrates capability. This webinar explored this and other key strategies.

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Learning Objectives:

After viewing this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the criteria for successfully launching an academic research career.
  • Identify local research projects and funding opportunities-institutional and national.
  • Develop a personal strategy for navigating the research landscape.

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Presented By: 

Eric EverettEric T. Everett, M.S., Ph.D. 
Associate Dean for Research School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Dentistry
Professor, Pediatric Dentistry and Genetics, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Dentistry

Dr. Everett received his B.S. in Biology/Medical Technology from Jacksonville University in 1981. In 1989, he received an M.S. in Clinical Immunology from the University of Florida College of Medicine, and, in 1993, he received his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathology from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1993. He completed postdoctoral research in medical genetics at the Indianapolis University School of Medicine in 1996.

Dr. Everett is the lead principal investigator on principal investigator on Genetic Determinants of Physiological Responses to Fluoride in Bone and on Training Program for the Next Generation of Oral Health Researchers (NEXTGEN) grants, both funded by NIDCR. The NEXTGEN training program is part of an effort to develop oral health research scholars who are able to provide  leadership in research in academic dental institutions, to address the nation's healthcare needs. Previously, he was principal investigator on the Genetic Determinants of Dental Fluorosis grant administered by NIDCR. 

Ana Karina MascarenhasAna Karina Mascarenhas, B.D.S., M.P.H., Dr.P.H.
Associate Dean for Research, Chief of Developmental Sciences at Nova Southeastern University
Professor, College of Dental Medicine, Nova Southeastern University
Professor, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Mascarenhas received her B.D.S. in 1985 from the Goa Dental College and Hospital, Goa, India.  She received her M.P.H. in 1992 and the Dr.P.H. in 1995, from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.  She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health.  

Dr. Mascarenhas is the principal investigator on several grants including a HRSA grant to develop competencies and curriculum for dental and dental hygiene students in dental public health, and on a School Oral Health Initiative by the Children's Trust of Miami. Previously she was the principal investigator of Project White Coat a Health Careers Opportunity Program to develop, implement, and monitor programs to increase recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority and low-income students from Massachusetts and New Hampshire into Dentistry, and Program Director of the Dental Public Health Residency Training Grant funded by HRSA; project director of the New England Dental Access Project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and  principal investigator on the Training and Career Development Core of the Northeast Center for Research to Reduce Oral Health Disparities funded by NIH.

Charles SfeirCharles  Sfeir, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research,
Director, Center for Craniofacial Regeneration, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Oral Biology, Periodontics, Bioengineering and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Sfeir received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Universite Louis Pasteur of Dental Surgery in Strasbourg, France, in 1990. He then studied at Northwestern University in Chicago, where he earned a master's degree in periodontics in 1995, and a doctorate in molecular biology and biochemistry in 1996.

Among his current federally funded research activities, Dr. Sfeir is co-principal investigator on a U.S. Department of Defense Office of Technology Transition grant to study bone scaffolding for craniofacial regeneration. Among Dr. Sfeir's many honors are the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Dentist Scientist Award for Ph.D. Training and the Young Investigator Award at the Fifth International Conference on the Chemistry and Biology of Mineralized Tissues.

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CE Information

CE credit is awarded for participation in the live webinar only.

An evaluation form was emailed to participants shortly after the conclusion of the live webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in Navigating the Research Landscape: Key Strategies for Success, an ADEA Policy Center ‘Leading Conversations’ webinar, complete the online evaluation in full on or before Monday, October 27, 2014. After fully completing the evaluation, participants of the live webinar will have the opportunity to immediately print and save the CE Verification Form. 

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The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for one (1) continuing education credit.


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