In preparation for upcoming studies, the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network is asking existing AAO participants to update their profiles and invites new participants to register.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Network’s goals are to conduct national oral health studies on topics of importance to you and your patients, provide outcomes that will improve patient care, and impact the way dentistry is practiced.

Dr. Veerasathpurush “Sath” Allareddy, an AAO member, is the national director of the Network’s Specialty Node and is also developing the Network’s Cleft Lip and Palate Node.

“The Network is a consortium of participating practices and dental organizations,
committed to advancing knowledge of dental practice and ways to improve it,” says Dr. Allareddy. “Essentially, it is ‘practical science’ for the benefit of real world everyday clinical practice.”

The Network has over 7,000 dentists, dental specialists and hygienist members nationally. If you join, you will have the opportunity to:

● Be compensated for your participation in studies;
● Network and collaborate with colleagues across the nation and within your region;
● Be involved with national studies designed for busy clinicians.

There is no cost to join the network.

To get started, simply fill out the Enrollment Questionnaire about your professional background, practice, and patient characteristics. You can enroll online by going to, clicking the “Become a Member” link, and following the prompts.

Three levels of enrollment are available:

Informational: Receive newsletters and correspondence only
Limited: Receive newsletters, correspondence and participates in surveys
Full: Receive all of the above plus participation in in-office clinical studies of interest to you

Following enrollment, you will be contacted by a regional coordinator about the next steps, depending on your level of interest.

The Network has recently been funded for a COVID-19 registry, along with a clinical study. Nearly 100 orthodontists, most of them AAO members, previously engaged in a study of anterior open bite, the first AAO-proposed study funded by the Network and led by Dr. Greg Huang, chair of the University of Washington Department of Orthodontics.