In 2006, The UAB School of Dentistry was successful in ascertaining a NIDCR supported T-32, now the T-90 training grant funded through 2016. This is comprehensive research-training program focused on the development of an innovative, integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to produce a cadre of well-trained, skilled, collaborative scientists and clinician scientists that are capable to address critical dental, oral and craniofacial research issues of our nation.

The primary objective of the Dental Academic Research Training (DART) Program is to provide a broadened interdisciplinary research experience for exceptionally motivated trainees in a research-intensive collaborative academic university environment.

DART Specific Objectives

  • To identify, recruit, and select qualified, motivated, diverse candidates who have the interest and potential to pursue training opportunities in oral, dental and craniofacial research to address the scientific opportunities emerging in these fields.
  • To provide a mechanism for integrating trainees in to UAB’s collaborative, research-intensive, clinical and basic science research environment.
  • To develop trainees with broad, integrated, research training in oral, dental, and craniofacial research, thereby enhancing their competencies and research skills for success and leadership.
  • To provide flexibility for cross-disciplinary interactions through diverse entry point levels and opportunities for sustained learning.
  • To assess the short and long-term impact of our program on the trainee, the institution, and our nation’s need for dental academicians.

Integrative core activities include the Scholars Day, Graduate School Research Day, DART Seminar Program, Deans’ and IOHR Seminar Series, the Dental Academic Career Club, an Dental and Skeletal Journal Club, Mentorship, Scientific and Grant Writing courses, a Laboratory Management course, Presentation Workshop and Leadership Training as well as instruction in responsible conduct of research.

The DART Program offers four training tracks:

  • Track I- DMD/Ph.D - Dual Degree Program
  • Track II- Pre-doctoral Ph.D.
  • Track III- Foreign trained dentists
  • Track IV- Post-doctoral training