The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network (NDPBRN) participated in the Southern Association of Orthodontists (SAO) Annual meeting held in Orlando, Florida, in October 2015. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is supporting the network’s efforts to recruit clinicians for an orthodontic study involving patients with anterior open bite, a difficult treatment problem.
Calogero Dolce, D.D.S., Ph.D., chair of the University of Florida Department of Orthodontics, and John Zhang, D.D.S, Ph.D., chair of the Jacksonville University Department of Orthodontics were instrumental in bringing the study to the attention of orthodontists attending the event. The study is expected to last between three and four years, and involve approximately 840 adult patients.
“We appreciate the support of the AAO/SAO leadership and especially the assistance of Dr. Dolce and Dr. Zhang in the recruitment for this study, said Valeria V. Gordan, D.D.S., M.S., M.S.-Cl., a professor in the UF Department of Restorative Dental Sciences and a director of the South Atlantic Region of the NDPBRN.
The meeting offered an opportunity to recruit new members to the NDPBRN, interact with UF College of Dentistry alumni, and educate orthodontists from 11 different states in the southern United States about the benefits of participating in practice-based-research.
For more information about the NDPBRN at the UF College of Dentistry, visit our website. The site includes information about current studies and a contact form for more information if you would like to participate.