Dentistry awarded $22.4M to continue leading national research efforts

Written by  Savannah Koplon

Gregg Gilbert 350 INSIDEGregg Gilbert, DDS, the PI and network director describes it as "a unique investigative union" of clinicians and scientists. The School of Dentistry has been awarded a seven-year, $22.4 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, part of the National Institutes of Health, to continue its leadership for a national dental practice-based research network. 

UAB is the National Administrative and Resource Center for the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network, a consortium of participating practices and dental organizations launched in 2012 to to foster collaboration, innovation and transfer of knowledge between practicing clinicians and academic clinical scientists.

Commitments to drive research and innovation through collaboration and deliver the highest quality patient care are among the pillars of UAB’s strategic plan, Forging the Future.

“The dental practice-based research network is a unique investigative union of real-world practicing clinicians and academic clinical scientists that aims to improve the nation’s oral health by expanding the knowledge base for clinical decision-making and moving the latest evidence into routine care,” said Distinguished Professor Gregg Gilbert, DDS, principal investigator and national network director.

Gilbert, who chairs UAB’s Department of Clinical and Community Sciences, says the network operates within a different paradigm for conducting clinical research by tapping into the practical clinical wisdom in the dental community at large and including community practitioners as authors in peer-reviewed journals and presenters at national meetings.

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