National Dental Network Workshop at the AADR 2014

The National Dental PBRN held a workshop titled Translating Research into Everyday Practice, in association with the AADR meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday March 22, 2014.


The meeting agenda included an introduction to the Network and two presentations by individuals who have expertise in areas thought to be of interest to a dental audience. Dr. Jim Bader presented Incomplete caries removal as a management approach to deep caries and Dr. Betsy Shenkman presented The barriers to translating research into everyday practice: lessons learned from the CTSI.

Following the presentations, two breakout session discussions on questions related to the topics presented took place. Ten tables of 10 participants each, with a mix of academicians and clinicians from various regions selected by the organizers, had lively discussions of the questions. A panel presentation, moderated by Dr. Bader, was held in conclusion of the meeting with each of the 10 table moderators sharing with the attendees the results of the discussions at their table.

Two hours of continuing education credit was offered to those attendees who requested it at the time of registration.  The CE was provided by the University of Florida, the home institution of the South Atlantic Region, which was in charge of the program. Seventy one individuals took advantage of the continuing education opportunity. Program evaluations showed that most individuals either “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that the program was well prepared and relevant.

A total of 104 individuals pre-registered for the meeting of which 76 attended. Eighteen individuals registered on-site for a total attendance of 94 individuals (47 academicians, 36 clinicians, 1 student, and 10 staff).