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Strengthening Collaboration Between Dental Education and Research


Research and scholarly activity are the foundation for all the health sciences. And while academic dental institutions have been critically important contributors to the current body of oral health research, increasingly complex regulations are making it difficult for academic dentistry to maintain the same level of research activity. At the federal level, National Institutes of Health (NIH) extramural funding to dental schools has decreased 10% (30% controlling for inflation) from 2005 to 2014. This webinar will review these concerning trends and provide tools for dental faculty interested in expanding research opportunities at their schools by engaging in effective mentorship and writing more competitive grants. Strategies to support stronger linkages between research and related dental education curricula and clinical activities will also be examined.

Note: This presentation was originally featured at the 2019 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain important insights into effective mentor-mentee relationships.
  • Describe the expectations of the new dental academic who is involved in research.
  • Describe critical skills needed to collaborate with research faculty within an academic dental institution, across the academic health center and with other research institutions.
CE Information

The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the live webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by April 30, 2022. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.00 continuing education credit.

All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.


  • David Drake, Ph.D., M.S.

    David Drake is a professor of microbiology and infectious diseases at The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics (UI COD). His primary research focus is on severe early childhood caries and the development of the oral microbiome in children. He has served on multiple NIH Study Sections and is currently Treasurer of the American Association for Dental Research. Dr. Drake has held multiple leadership roles at UI COD, including Faculty Senate President and Senior Associate to the President. He is a member of the National Research Mentoring Network and has mentored numerous postdocs and junior faculty on grant writing.

  • Mark Herzberg, D.D.S., Ph.D.

    Mark Herzberg is Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry (U of M SOD) and former director of the NIH/NIDCR-supported Minnesota Craniofacial Research Training Program. His NIH-funded research focuses on the molecular basis of infection. He obtained his B.A. from the State University College, Oneonta, NY (1967); M.S. from the CCNY (1969); D.D.S. from New York University (1973); and a Ph.D. and a specialty certificate in Periodontics from the SUNY Buffalo (1978). He has held Visiting Fellow and Professorial positions at several universities and institutes world-wide. He served on the NIH/Oral Biology and Medicine Study Section (1991-1995), the NIDCR National Advisory Council (2003-2006), and the NIDCR Board of Scientific Counselors (2007-2012). He was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1992) and received the Distinguished Scientist Award in Oral Biology from the IADR (1995). He served as Editor of the Journal of Dental Research (1993-2004), was named Professor of the Year at the U of M SOD (2003) and received the 2016 William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Dental Educator from the ADEAGies Foundation®.

  • Christy McKinney, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    Christy McKinney is an epidemiologist, Associate Professor of Craniofacial Medicine in Pediatrics, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Oral Health Sciences at the University of Washington School of Dentistry (UW SOD). She is based at Seattle Children’s and is the Director of the UW SOD Summer Institute in Dental and Craniofacial Clinical Research Methods. Her research projects include examining Bisphenol A exposure from resin-based dental materials, studying the impact of a sugar-sweetened beverage tax on dental caries in adolescents, and evaluating devices for infants with feeding difficulties.

April 30, 2019
Tue 12:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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