UAB School of Dentistry gets $22.4M to further dental practice network

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry received a seven-year, $22.4 million grant to further its dental practice-based research network, according to the Alabama Newscenter.

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research awarded the dental school the grant.

UAB's dental network is a consortium of participating practices and dental organizations that are working to advance knowledge of dental practices and "practical science." Together, the dental groups aim to advance everyday clinical practice.

The dental school oversees six regional research centers. Gregg Gilbert, DDS, serves as the grant principal investigator and national network director.

Dentists and dental leaders are asked to serve as authors in peer-reviewed journals and present at national meetings on behalf of the research network, Dr. Gilbert said.

"The dental practice-based research network is a unique investigative union of real-world practicing clinicians and academic clinical scientists that aims to improve the nation's oral health by expanding the knowledge base for clinical decision-making and moving the latest evidence into routine care," Dr. Gilbert said.

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