The nation’s network conducts research in working dental offices, with real-life patients, on topics relevant to daily clinical practice. Dental practitioners partner with clinical researchers to evaluate existing and novel strategies for improving patient’s oral health. The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network, or NDPBRN, is funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
The NDPBRN is headquartered at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, includes six regional nodes.
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- Western Region: Administratively based at the Center for Health Research, Portland, OR. This region comprises Alaska, American Samoa, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
- Southwest Region: Administratively based at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in San Antonio, TX. This region comprises Arizona, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
- South Central Region: Administratively based at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, AL. This region comprises Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
- Northeast Region: Administratively based at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. This region comprises Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, US Virgin Islands, and Vermont.
- Midwest Region: Administratively based at the HealthPartners Research Foundation in Minneapolis, MN. This region comprises Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
- South Atlantic Region: The South Atlantic Region of the nation’s network is administratively staffed through the University of Florida College of Dentistry in Gainesville, Florida. This region comprises Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
- Partner with practitioners to minimize impact on clinic operations and patient flow.
- Strengthen knowledge base for clinical decision-making.
- Improve integration of dental and medical care.
- Enhance translation of findings into clinical practice.