IADR Scientific Group Descriptions
IADR Scientific Network Descriptions
IADR Scientific Groups include members interested in particular areas of craniofacial, oral and dental research.
Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research Group
The purpose of the Behavioral, Epidemiological and Health Services Research Group (BEHSR) is to promote and encourage research in behavioral, epidemiologic, and health services sciences as they relate to oral health. These scientific areas of concentration include research on the epidemiology of oral diseases and their prevention, social inequalities, behavioral dentistry, health professions and public education, evidence-based policy interventions, population-based observational and interventional studies, and community-based participatory action research. The BEHSR sponsors a number of awards for students and other trainees to encourage their participation in oral health-related research. Additionally, there are awards that recognize the most important oral health research in behavioral, epidemiological, and health services arenas. These awards include Distinguished Scientist, Outstanding Student and prizes for published papers/travel. In addition to facilitating oral sessions, symposia, posters, and Lunch & Learning sessions, the BEHSR Group sponsors the Epi-forum, a half-day session held in conjunction with IADR (and AADR) meetings. The Epi-forum provides an opportunity for emerging researchers to present their work to a body of experts in a friendly and collaborative environment.
Cariology Research Group
The primary purpose of the Cariology Research Group (CRG) is to promote research on the etiology, epidemiology, risk assessment, pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention and management of dental caries. Furthermore, the CRG supports and provides a forum for research on dental erosion and abrasion, fluorosis, microbiological and genetic aspects of caries, dental public health and fluoride- and calcium-containing oral care products. The CRG organizes scientific posters, oral presentations, symposia, workshops, and Lunch & Learning sessions at IADR meetings. This Group rewards outstanding contributions in its scientific areas through two awards: the IADR Basil Bibby Young Investigator Award and the IADR Cariology Research Group Travel Award. The CRG also organizes an annual, social event at IADR meetings and embraces social media to communicate and interact with its members.
Craniofacial Biology Group
The primary purpose of the Craniofacial Biology Group (CBG) is to promote excellence in clinical, translational and basic science research focused on the craniofacial complex. This broad category of research encompasses topics that range from mechanisms of early craniofacial development to the diagnosis and treatment of malocclusion. The CBG supports and provides a forum for research on genetic and biochemical control of dental and craniofacial skeletal development; etiology, diagnosis and treatment of craniofacial anomalies; etiology, diagnosis and treatment of malocclusion; 3-D imaging of craniofacial structures; development of biomarkers, animal models of craniofacial development and other relevant topics. The CBG organizes oral presentations, scientific posters, symposia, workshops and Lunch & Learning sessions for IADR, AADR and combined IADR/AADR meetings. The CBG strongly encourages student participation at meetings and rewards outstanding student research through two awards: the IADR Craniofacial Biology Group Award and the IADR Bernard Sarnat Award. The CBG also organizes social events at IADR, AADR and combined IADR/AADR meetings. These events offer an excellent opportunity for networking and promote collaborative research opportunities.
Dental Anesthesiology Research Group
The Dental Anesthesiology Research (DAR) Group deals with the following research in dentistry: 1) local anesthesia, such as conduction anesthesia and infiltration anesthesia; 2) inhalation or intravenous sedation; 3) pain management —acute or chronic orofacial pain, orofacial cancerous pain and synalgia; 4) systemic management of patients with comorbid illness; 5) perioperative systemic management; and 6) general anesthesia and ambulatory general anesthesia. Accordingly, DAR is strongly related to basic medicine fields, such as physiology, anatomy, pharmacology, and biochemistry. In addition, sedation and general anesthesia are applied not only to oral surgery but also to general or pediatric dentistry. The DAR investigates the management of patients with intellectual disabilities, dental phobias or treatment refusals. The DAR group also awards a young investigator prize for innovation. The certificate of recognition and a monetary award are open to student presenters up to the pre-doctoral level.
Dental Materials Group
The Dental Materials Group (DMG) has begun considerable redefinition of the core science related to dental materials. The new biomaterials includes forays into nano-structure of polymeric and ceramic materials, meso-structure of ceramics, entirely new types of polymeric options for composites and cements, tissue engineering, substantial exploration of fast fabrication techniques, and new approaches to clinical research for materials evaluation. All of these are in concert with changing emphasis in dentistry that include much stronger prevention, personalized dentistry, special emphasize on caries risk assessment, new approaches to behavior management and state-of-the-art restorative techniques. DMG is committed to doing great science in new ways and exploring better ways to communicate it to others. It maintains strong working relationships with the dental industry and continues to support the mentoring and evolution of young dental scientists.
Diagnostic Sciences Group
The purpose of the Diagnostic Sciences Group is to enhance communication, cooperation and inter-disciplinary activities among those interested in research in the diagnostic sciences, strategies and related disciplines, especially as applicable to diseases, conditions and abnormalities that affect the oral and maxillofacial region. Besides furthering the objectives of IADR, this Group aims to promote the advancement of research, development, and application of innovative diagnostic systems to improve clinical outcomes and to facilitate the presentation, discussion and publication of scientific papers in this area.
Education Research Group
The mission of the Educational Research Group (ERG) is: to promote and encourage research in the methods and techniques for the teaching and knowledge transfer of the art and science of dentistry from teacher to student in the academic, hospital, clinic and related environment; to encourage and facilitate the presentation, discussion and publication of the related scientific education research papers; to provide a forum and organization where all aspects of the latest academic, didactic and tutorial technology is assessed; to encourage an interdisciplinary approach to the investigation of education and education research as it relates to dentistry and the related health sciences; to attract dental educators, scientists and clinicians to research in the field of dental education research via related seminars and discussions; and where appropriate, to disseminate and apply the research findings to "education" of the lay public and responsible institutional and governmental bodies. The ERG is a group of educators, scientists and clinicians whose scope of research targets all aspects of dental education—learning, teaching, technology and innovation. The Group holds special seminars and workshops that offer a forum to review and assess the latest advances in didactic, preclinical, and clinical instruction as well as a variety of related topics from new technologies to continuing professional education.
Geriatric Oral Research Group
The Geriatric Oral Research Group (GORG) provides a focus and forum within IADR to facilitate the exchange of ideas, dissemination of scientific information, and opportunities for collaboration related to geriatric oral research. Group members share interests in research on aging; allied fields (such as nutrition, oral physiology, prosthodontics, and conservative dentistry); oral diseases and conditions that impact the overall wellbeing of older people; and policies on the education and clinical practice of dental geriatrics reflecting the most current evidence. Additionally, the GORG aims to promote the publication of research findings in geriatric oral research, and encourage scientists, junior investigators and students to become involved via seminars and discussions. The GORG retains active engagement in the IADR meetings by sponsoring Lunch & Learning sessions, symposia, and a keynote speaker session highlighting the recipient of the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Geriatric Oral Research from the previous year. The GORG also sponsors a yearly award for best poster in geriatric oral research. A yearly GORG business meeting provides a venue for members to meet collectively, recognize accomplishments, and support the general business initiatives of the Group. Occasionally there will be satellite symposia to provide a more intimate environment for GORG members to focus attention on specialty topics within dental geriatrics.
Implantology Research Group
The Implantology Research Group consists of educators, scientists and clinicians from across the world, whose scope of research targets all aspects of dental implants: materials and designs; placement techniques; types of restorations; and evaluation methods for a long term success. This Group’s lectures, seminars, symposia and Lunch & Learning sessions offer a forum to review and assess the latest advances in laboratory studies and clinical research – the latest research in implant surface textures and contact cell guidance, development of new implant designs and thread geometry, implant surgical techniques and loading protocols, standardized and advanced clinical implant procedures, and cutting-edge technology associated with implant dentistry.
Microbiology/Immunology Research Group
The purpose of the Microbiology/Immunology (M/I) Research Group is to further the mission of the IADR/AADR by promoting oral health research, enhancing membership and participation in IADR/AADR, and fostering the communication and application of research findings that are relevant to dental science. To this end the MI Group was organized with the following objectives in mind: to foster interaction and collaboration among scientists interested in oral microbiology and immunology; to promote information exchange and collaboration among academicians and clinicians who are engaged in basic science research and clinical studies pertaining to oral health and disease; to provide a forum through which new investigators entering the field can begin to network with more established investigators; and to establish contacts with representatives of federal agencies and private industry as potential sources of funding for future studies.
Mineralized Tissue Group
The Mineralized Tissue Group is comprised of people who have a common interest in the mineralized tissues in the craniofacial region, which include enamel, dentin, cementum and bone in the mandible and maxilla. The Group members come from various backgrounds including developmental, molecular and cell biology, chemistry, mineralogy and materials science. The highly interdisciplinary nature of the Group makes it a great forum for presenting the cutting edge science from many areas of dental and craniofacial research. In addition, the Group provides a platform for lively exchanges of scientific ideas and serves a network for fostering research collaborations among its members. The Group organizes research symposia on a variety of research topics, reflecting broad interests of its membership. One of the hallmarks of the Group is the focus on the young researchers. A friendly and collegial atmosphere makes it easy for young members to make contacts with more established researchers, many of whom are the global leaders in their fields. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior independent investigators can count on support and advice from the seasoned group members for their career development and personal growth. Every year, the Group issues four travel awards to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to encourage them to attend the annual meetings of IADR and AADR.
The mission of the Neuroscience Group is to provide and facilitate a focus and forum within the IADR for the exchange of scientific information related to orofacial neuroscience, which includes: research on the role of the nervous system in oral, neuromuscular, and temporomandibular joint functions, as well as in the diagnosis and treatment of orofacial disorders (e.g. TMD, neuropathic pain, trigeminal neuralgias, bruxism, etc.); to promote the publication of research findings; to attract young dental scientists and clinicians into neuroscience research; and to help disseminate to the lay public research findings in this field. As a result, the membership in this group offers you great opportunities to network with different orofacial pain and neuroscience research experts; be informed on the most up-to-date research advances in the neuroscience field and grow as a researcher and clinician in this field.
Nutrition Research Group
The Nutrition Research Group is comprised of IADR members who share an interest and expertise in research on nutrition and diet and their interrelationships to oral health, health promotion behaviors, and systemic health. Nutrition and diet are important in the prevention and treatment of many oral diseases and conditions such as caries, periodontal disease, oral cancer, salivary disorders and prosthodontic use, and an important component of epidemiology and public health research. In addition to the IADR objectives, the objectives of this Group are: to provide a focus and forum within the IADR for the exchange of scientific information related to nutrition research; to facilitate the exchange of ideas in this field by promoting formal and informal meetings, symposia and workshops; to promote the publication of research findings in diet and nutrition research, especially as it relates to oral health, oral health promotion, oral diseases and conditions; to encourage scientists, junior investigators and students to become involved in diet and nutrition research via seminars and discussions; and to help disseminate to the dental profession and the public, research findings in this area.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group
The Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) Group is dedicated to advancing patient clinical care through dissemination and support of compelling research advancing the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery in a manner consistent with IADR’s goals. The Group encompasses and includes researchers, residents and students from all over the world with a wide variety of research interests. From a global or international perspective, OMS research needs to be “at the table” with other surgical and health disciplines engaged in addressing global problems where our knowledge and skills are relevant or unique. This Group is particularly interested in and recognized for its contributions in the areas of head and neck cancer, medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaws (MRONJ), orofacial regeneration, obstructive sleep apnea, advances in maxillofacial imaging, dental implants, bone physiology, wound healing, distraction osteogenesis, orofacial pain, and temporomandibular joint disorders.
Oral Health Research Group
The Oral Health Research Group (OHRG) is committed to the improvement of global oral health through research in the areas of prevention of oral diseases, evidence-based interventions and therapies that promote wellness. The OHRG provides a forum for collaboration and dissemination of research through: scientific oral and poster sessions, symposia, workshops, and Lunch & Learning sessions at the IADR meetings; collaboration with other Scientific Groups to co-sponsor symposia, workshops, and oral presentations; business meeting and social networking event at IADR meetings; publication of research findings to improve global oral health. Currently the OHRG recognizes scientific accomplishments through two awards. One for junior researchers recognizes outstanding and innovative research in basic dental science for improvement of public dental health and in recognition of applied research achievements for improvement and development of oral care products for the prevention of oral disease. Another recognizes a body of meritorious research by a member of the IADR Oral Health Research Group, with preference given to a dental hygienist.
Oral Medicine & Pathology Group
The members of the Oral Medicine & Pathology Group (OMPG) have scholarly interests that include basic science research, translational research and clinical research. A broad range of topics comes under this Group including the role of micro-organisms such as HIV, HPV and C albicans in oral disease, oral pre-cancer and cancer, immune mediated mucosal disease, diseases of the salivary glands, jaw bones and soft tissues, HIV/AIDS related oral disease as well as new approaches to treat oral disease in the clinic. The scientific achievements of OMPG members are presented in IADR/AADR scientific sessions, organized by the OMPG program chair, that include oral sessions, poster sessions, symposia, Lunch & Learning sessions and workshops. OMPG funds have supported the AADR student research fellowship program and numerous scientific symposia .. The Group is currently developing a funding program to support trainees working with OMPG members to travel to the IADR General Session.
The Orthodontic Research Group
(ORG) is an innovation nucleus welcoming clinicians and researchers across
disciplines to advance Orthodontic treatments. Our focus is on translational
Orthodontic research that makes meaningful use of basic and clinical research
findings to advance Orthodontic care. ORG also increases awareness of our
specialty - which provides care to millions of patients each year at a
significant cost in both time and money - and we promote innovations to
decrease these burdens for the entire population of Orthodontic patients.
The goals of ORG can be summarized as following: 1) Expose
clinicians and students to the science that has immediate clinical application;
2) Provide a forum and facilitate the exchange of scientific ideas in Orthodontics
among ORG Members and Members of other IADR Scientific Groups; 3) Bring
Academia and Industry together for closer collaborations; 4) Provide clinicians
with Continuing Education courses teaching cutting-edge approaches to advanced
orthodontics; 5) Facilitate presentations, seminars, workshops, symposia and
publication of high impact scientific papers in Orthodontic research and
innovation; 6) Recognize excellence in both established and young Orthodontic
scientists through the presentation of competitive research awards; 7) Help ORG
members take their innovative treatments and devices from concept to market.
ORG members will receive guidance through the product development pipelines
that are becoming increasingly important to our specialty; 8) ORG also
recognizes that the future cannot be left to chance. We are actively engaging
students in ORG functions and mentoring them to take the reins of leadership in
ORG; and 9) Keep the Orthodontic community around the world updated through a
Pediatric Oral Health Research Group
The mission of the Pediatric Oral Health Research (POHR) Group is to promote and encourage research in pediatric oral health. The Group works to 1) advance research in pediatric oral health research; 2) promote an interdisciplinary approach to the conduct of observational, investigational, and translational research in pediatric oral health research; and 3) provide an international and cooperative forum to present and discuss pediatric oral health research. The Group is working toward sponsorship and the development of workshops, and Lunch & Learning sessions at IADR meetings, in addition to rewarding outstanding contributions in its scientific area, organizing social events at IADR meetings, and interacting with the leadership of IADR on many levels. POHR often works with other Groups to co-sponsor scientific symposia and poster and oral presentation sessions. Members of POHR also are selected frequently to present or give posters in scientific sessions wholly sponsored by other Groups.
Periodontal Research Group
Beyond its support of the overall IADR objectives, the Periodontal Research Group (PRG) further aims to: 1) advance the study and knowledge of periodontology; 2) facilitate the presentation, discussion and publication of scientific papers on periodontal research; 3) provide a forum and organization in which all scientists whose interests are related to periodontal research may participate; and 4) recognize excellence in both young and established periodontal scientists through the presentation of competitive awards for research. The PRG organizes symposia and Lunch & Learning sessions, hands-on workshops for the IADR General Sessions and, supported by a Group of reviewers, for the evaluation of periodontal research abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations. Finally, PRG officers are responsible for administering a number of prestigious awards.
The purpose of the Pharmacology/Therapeutics/Toxicology Group (PTTG) is to promote and encourage research in pharmacology, toxicology and therapeutics affecting oral health. These scientific areas include a broad range of topics from principles of drug action to systemic pharmacology and toxicology; and emphasize drugs that are commonly employed in clinical practice, including precautions and contraindications, drug interactions and effects on dental treatment, drug delivery systems and their effects on oral health, as well as other subjects. The goal of the PTTG is also to serve science and scientists to exchange the knowledge of the mechanisms, efficacy, and safety of drugs used in dentistry. In practice, this encompasses basic and clinical pharmacology studies of analgesics, anesthetics, antimicrobials, sedatives, fluorides, and other drug classes used by dentists. The Group has a membership from multiple disciplines and is active in fostering excellence in pharmacology, toxicology and therapeutics research through many mechanisms: organizing scientific posters, presentations symposia, workshops; and Lunch & Learning sessions at meetings of the International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR); rewarding outstanding contributions in the Groups’ scientific area; organizing social events in conjunction with the scientific programs that are sponsored; assisting IADR/AADR in developing plans for their annual meetings, maintaining a Web page on the IADR website describing Group activities; and interacting with IADR on many levels.
The objectives of the Prosthodontics Group are to provide a forum for the exchange of interdisciplinary scientific information in pertaining in prosthodontics and to promote prosthodontics research, particularly among emerging young prosthodontic researchers and teachers. Prosthodontics is a dynamic research field spanning from in vitro laboratory research, animal research, theoretical engineering, clinical research and epidemiology. The research topics covered in this Group are, but not limited to: prosthodontic-related materials, cariology, implant dentistry, tissue engineering, and quality of life. Additionally, the Group conducts three types of research competition for student/members.
Pulp Biology & Regeneration Group
The Pulp Biology & Regeneration Group focuses on the study of the physiology, pathology and regeneration of the dentin-pulp-complex and its surrounding tissues. The research interests are specified as follows: 1) tooth development: signalling mechanisms during tooth development; 2) inflammation and dental pain: triggers and mechanisms of nociception, the course of inflammatory processes and their influence on tissue repair and regeneration; 3) endodontic Infections: identification, characterization and eradication of pulpal pathogens; 4) instrumentation: equipment and instruments, conventional and novel treatment methods, parameters of endodontic success or failure, and mechanistic studies on tissue responses to endodontic treatment; 5) endodontic and restorative dental materials: biocompatibility testing and research on the effects of those materials on the dental the dentin-pulp complex; 6) dental pulp stem cells: research regarding the isolation and characterization of mesenchymal stem cells from dental pulp or apical papilla; 7) tissue engineering of the dentin-pulp complex: research on the use of stem cells, scaffold materials and growth factors to regenerate a vascularized pulp-like tissue with differentiated odontoblast-like cells capable of forming dentin; and 8) regeneration of dental pulp – regenerative endodontics: the basic science behind and the clinical research of endodontics protocols developed to achieve the regeneration of dental pulp. In addition to IADR’s objectives, further objectives are: 1) provide a forum for the exchange of scientific information related to pulp biology and regeneration at IADR meetings; 2) promote the study and knowledge of pulp biology; 3) facilitate the presentation, discussion, and publication of scientific papers on all facets of pulp biology and regeneration research; 4) promote networking and international cooperation in pulp-related research; and 5) organize periodic satellite meetings with the goal of focused scientific discussions on hot research topics, followed by publication of the proceedings in peer-reviewed journals.
Salivary Research Group
The Salivary Research Group (SRG) encompasses clinicians, scientists, students and postdoctoral research fellows who share a common interest in the salivary glands and saliva. Collectively, the research interests of this Group’s members include, but are not limited to, the following areas of research: structure-function-relationship between saliva and its components in health and disease; physiology and physiopathology of salivary glands and saliva; association of salivary gland dysfunction with autoimmune diseases e.g. Sjögrens Syndrome and exocrine dysfunction; salivary gland dysfunction due to radiation therapy for the head and neck malignancies, aging, and other causes; biology of stem cells and development of the salivary glands; salivary gland engineering and regenerative therapies; saliva as a diagnostic fluid. The SRG is committed to supporting future salivary gland researchers by recognizing excellence in salivary gland research and it sponsors an annual research award for trainees and the salivary researcher of the year award. Additionally, The SRG issues multiple sponsored travel awards targeting dental students, dental scientists, and non-dental students and postdoctoral fellows.
Stem Cell Biology Group
The mission of the IADR Stem Cell Biology Group is to disseminate knowledge of stem and progenitor cells and translation of fundamental discoveries towards novel clinical therapies or products that benefit oral health of patients. The Group is designed to collaborate with other Scientific Groups and societies, both within and outside IADR, to provide a forum for in-depth discussion of the roles played by stem cells in development, homeostasis, ageing and tissue regeneration. The Stem Cell Biology Group promotes and encourages investigation of stem and progenitor cells and their multiple lineages including pluripotent and multipotent cells as well as cells that produce tissues of relevance to orofacial structures. Multi-disciplinary and novel approaches are encouraged to study stem/progenitor cells and their behavior ex vivo and in vivo. Genetic, biochemical, biomaterial, and physical regulation of stem/progenitor cells and end-lineage cells are among some of the increasingly powerful tools. The Stem Cell Biology Group especially encourages the participation of new investigators, including trainees with interest and dedication to studying stem cell biology as well as well-established investigators who wish to use their expertise to interrogate stem cells.
IADR Scientific Networks represent members from multiple disciplines on a particular topic or idea rather than specific research area.
Clinical & Translational Science Network
The Clinical & Translational Science Network is a forum for oral health research that takes place at range of research centers and includes best practices, clinical trial design, research methodologies and clinical and translational research analytical approaches. The network includes all of the Clinical & Translational research awardees in the United States (NIH/NCATs) and is open to all other government-funded or privately funded research members with translational research from the bench to the chair and reverse. The network started in 2010 and has provided programs and symposium for best practices and engages the T0 through T4.
e-Oral Health Network
The e-Oral Health Network has put together an international, interdisciplinary team of researchers and oral health professionals to increase research capacity in the fields of oral health Information, Communication Technologies (ICT) and its related applications. With the overall goal to create a forum and opportunities, via the various research and knowledge transfer activities of his members, to support clinical and public health interventions, as well as educational strategies that use ICT tools and technologies such as teledentistry as a vehicle to improve oral health. Worldwide, and under IADR’s umbrella the Network will offer opportunities for research collaboration with recognized experts in the field of e-health, Telemedicine and Health ICT. The network will share experiences and information in regard to ongoing projects and research results with other IADR scientific groups and their members and hope to advance the knowledge in this field.
Evidence-based Dentistry Network
The Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) Network is an active network of clinicians, researchers, teachers and guideline developers with a shared interest in promoting the use of best evidence to inform clinical practice and teaching. The key aims of the EBD Network are to: provide a forum across all IADR Groups for the exchange of scientific information pertaining to all aspects of study within the field of evidence-based dentistry; promote the advancement of research in evidence-based dentistry, for example in the fields of research methodology, translational research, systematic review methodology and implementation of research into clinical practice (this will aim to be relevant to and integrate the research interests of, all IADR Scientific Groups); support the dissemination of EBD through teaching; encourage and stimulate interdisciplinary communication and collaboration within the field of evidence-based dentistry (this includes networking opportunities at IADR meetings to meet one another and share ideas); assist IADR in developing its scientific program and fulfilling its mission. The Network hopes to provide an open forum in which members may explore the challenges involved in practicing and teaching EBD.
Global Oral Health Inequalities Research Network
By joining the Global Oral Health Inequalities Research Network (GOHIRN), you can become involved in research initiatives with a focus on the following: stimulation, promotion and fostering research on global oral health inequalities; collaboration with the wider health community in research focused on global health inequalities; interdisciplinary research collaboration among those with an interest in global oral health inequalities in research institutions, schools and other center; foster an environment where mentoring junior faculty and students at all levels of training in terms of career development and research focus is prioritized; involvement with and support of IADR in promoting global oral health inequalities research and in collaborating with other international organizations; and achieving the goals for the Global Oral Health Inequalities Research Network including encouraging programs of excellence in global oral health sciences and international health within universities and other appropriate institutions, not confined to dental schools, encouraging capacity building initiatives in global oral health research and pursuit of an implementation agenda, and a solution based approach. GOHIRN offers a supportive forum for conducting and presenting research in all aspects of oral health where inequalities exist, and pursues a local, national and global agenda.
International Network for Orofacial Pain and Related Disorders Methodology (INfORM)
Formerly the International RDC/TMD Consortium Network
INfORM’s specific goal is to maintain and continue to add to a working consortium of multi-national clinical centers having the capability to conduct interdisciplinary basic, translational and clinical research on an international and collaborative level into the etiology, diagnosis, prevention and management of TMD, orofacial pain conditions, and related disorders. One of INfORM’s key objectives is to continue to develop comparable evidence-based diagnostic criteria through research collaboration into all acute and chronic dental and orofacial pain conditions. The Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders (Dworkin and LeResche, 1992; RDC/TMD) has become internationally recognized as a useful clinical, laboratory, and epidemiologic classification tool. In order to ensure that (1) patients experiencing TMDs receive only the most appropriate care, (2) laboratory experiments produce generalizable data via reliable classification, and (3) clinical and epidemiological studies are conducted within a common framework, the Consortium now known as INfORM was established in order to foster collaborative international research. Thus far INfORM and its members have yielded the most accurate and useful evidence-based description of the natural history, clinical course and therapeutic efficacy of TMDs and of the risk and protective factors influencing the most common forms of TMDs. In addition, INfORM continues to develop other criteria for conditions such as burning mouth and the phenomenon represented by phantom tooth pain.
Network for Practice-based Research
In addition to the IADR objectives, the further objectives of the
Network for Practice-Based Research
are: to promote and encourage investigation into the methods and techniques for the conduct of research in practice-based settings and networks worldwide; to promote an interdisciplinary approach to the conduct of observational, investigational, and translational research in the practice of dentistry and oral health sciences; to provide an international and cooperative forum to present and discuss practice-based evidence; and to disseminate and apply practice-based research findings when and where appropriate. Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) have emerged as community-based “laboratories” for a wide range of research. They provide opportunities to link community-based clinicians, administrators, dental companies and academic researchers to test research questions in ‘real-world’ settings, where the majority of dental care is provided.
Student Training & Research (STAR) Network
The Student Training and Research (STAR) Network is a platform to provide a global, non-institutional based, mentoring, training and career development forum for students, residents, junior faculty, clinicians and training program directors. The objectives of the STAR Network are: to stimulate, promote and foster student research on a global level; to promote and encourage collaboration in programs to foster students research training globally; to promote interdisciplinary collaboration among those with an interest in student training and research at institutions, schools and other centers; to provide mentoring to students at all levels of training in terms of career development and research focus; and to support IADR in promoting research training and student research activities and in collaborating with other international organizations. The goals for the STAR Network are to: encouraging student research and training international at universities and other appropriate institutions, not confined to dental schools; and encourage the development of student networks and mentorship building initiatives globally in the various IADR Regions and Divisions. The STAR Network wants to bridge the knowledge and “know how” gap in clinical and basic science research, academic career development, and training methodologies globally so that the young students, researchers and program directors are exposed to best practices beyond their own schools, mentors or programs. This Network connects motivated, qualified students, mentors and program directors to equally motivated, young researchers and mentors providing the opportunity to build connections on a regional and global level. Finally, the Network provides an educational platform through the IADR General Sessions presenting symposiums, seminars, Lunch & Learning sessions, and symposia related to the STAR Network’s goals and objectives.
Women in Science Network
The Women in Science Network aims to serve the need for promoting the interests of women, communication, research collaboration and career mentoring among – but not restricted to – female members. The goals of this Network are to: examine and highlight issues related to women professionals such as evidence on policies and benefits (including childcare, tenure clock with child birth/adoption, recruitment, salary etc.), leadership skill building for women, and oral health issues related to women; promote and encourage collaboration in research focused on women’s oral health; promote interdisciplinary research collaboration among women in different schools and/or centers; provide mentoring to junior women faculty and students at all levels of training in terms of career development and research focus; review data from IADR/AADR on membership of committees and programs and encourage appropriate representation of women; and generate surveys and analyze data related to women in dental science.