November 2021

First Virtual Annual Meeting: a Success!

Our Annual Practitioner Meeting was held virtually on October 29th to rave reviews. Dr. Marianne Jurasic and Dr. Jin Xiao were the featured speakers on Selective versus Non-Selective Caries Removal in Permanent Teeth and An innovative mDentistry eHygiene study amid the COVID-19 pandemic, respectively. A total of 311 members attended the meeting and 262 attended the breakout session. Attendees from all six network regions and even our Japanese colleagues represented all aspects of dentistry from dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and office staff to academicians and dental and hygiene students.

Lively conversations about the research results of the featured presentations occurred in the breakout groups, which lead to an engaging Q & A session. The meeting included presentations by researchers on four COVID studies and a panel Q & A session on those results. Members received 2 hours of continuing education credits.

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Member Spotlight

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Wendy Holder


Alexander City, AL

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Dr. Wendy Holder, a member of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network, attended our virtual meeting and had this to say:

"The organizers of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network 2021 Annual Meeting managed to transform “just another zoom conference” into an amazing interactive event which transcended the virtual platform and created opportunities for interaction while captivating the audience.


The speakers were prepared and presented with clarity, results from past and ongoing studies while pointing out future studies that we would need to actively pursue to continue our progress. My experiences with breakout sessions over the last 18 months have been mixed at best, but the PBRN nailed them. It was interesting to hear the perspectives from so many of the participants, who weren’t shy about respectfully challenging the positions of others. Ryan, our host, encouraged some regional competition which quickly filled up the chat boxes. I even learned about the “Gator Chomp” but am still convinced the “Big Dawg’s Bite” is much more effective.

Kudos again to the organizers of a great event. You managed to create a genuinely interactive experience for an eclectic and diverse group despite the virtual platform."

Students in Research

Lauren Brashear, a sophomore dental student from the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently attended the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network's Virtual Meeting. This is what she had to say about the network's meeting.

The virtual annual meeting was a wonderful experience to meet and interact with so many practicing dentists from across the country. As a dental student, it is heartening to see so many practitioners come together in the pursuit of further knowledge. I enjoyed the discussions and talking to practitioners about how much the field of dentistry has changed during their time practicing. Being a member of the National Dental PBRN as a student helps keep me informed and up to date with evidence-based dentistry as the research is being done. It's been very helpful to have additional exposure to topics that I've learned in class from the perspective of reading studies done through the Network.


Lauren Brashear

UAB Sophomore Dental Student

Madison, AL

Upcoming Studies

Post-operative Pain

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Using mobile phones, the POPS study will track pain symptoms and allow patients and practitioners to communicate to help manage postoperative pain after potentially painful dental procedures. 


Practitioners will enroll 15-20 patients and complete clinical report forms the day of and three weeks after a study-eligible dental procedure.


Patients will report their pain symptoms through their mobile phone up to 3 weeks after the dental visit.


We plan to enroll about 3,200 patients from 160-215 practitioners from the Nation’s Network.

If you are interested in participating, contact us! 

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