NDPBRN South Atlantic Region holds annual meeting

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn Oct. 10 and 11, the South Atlantic Region of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network (NDPBRN) hosted their second annual meeting at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Gainesville, Fla.

Clinicians had the opportunity to review research posters and network during a reception an evening reception on Oct. 10 that included a chance to try a themed climbing wall, “Climb to the Top of Discovery with the Nation’s Network. ”

A successful full-day meeting on Oct. 11 included 68 network members and ten guests.  Valeria Gordan, D.D.S., M.S., regional director, welcomed the attendees and and Boyd Robinson, D.D.S., M.Ed., interim dean of the University of Florida College of Dentistry, shared opening remarks about the importance of the network and the critical role played by members of the research network. The keynote address was delivered by a motivational speaker.

Four network practitioners gave presentations on their experiences, covering different aspects of study participation. Henry Gremillion, D.D.S., M.A.G.D, an expert in facial pain and dean of the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, delivered the featured presentation. Henrietta Logan, Ph.D., a professor in the UF Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, shared her expertise in oral cancer examination and detection.Rock Wall

Following the presentations, attendees had a chance for small-group interactive discussion sessions focused on Gremillion’s and Logan’s lectures.  Then during a panel discussion, eight moderators gave an in-depth review of the questions discussed with a focus on ideas for study development.  Attendees received five continuing education credit hours.

The National Dental Practice-based Research Network (NDPBRN) is a consortium of participating practices and organizations committed to advancing knowledge of dental practice.