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. Dr. Veerasathpurush “Sath” Allareddy, an AAO member and national director of the Network’s Specialty Node, says its $22.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health/ National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has been funded to continue through 2026.

“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’ done about it, in, and for the benefit of real world everyday clinical practice.”

Participating 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. Dr. Huang presented results of the anterior open bite study as the John Valentine Mershon lecturer at the 2019 Annual Session, and also spoke at the 2020 AAO Winter Conference.

Update Your Information or Enroll in the Network

Existing orthodontic participants in the Network are asked to update their information by responding to an upcoming email request. New participants may register by completing the process via the Enrollment Questionnaire website.

Dr. Allareddy, who is a professor and Head of the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, says that when the next orthodontic study proposal is approved, clinicians registered in the Network will be invited to participate. Registration in the Network database does not commit a clinician to participation in specific studies.

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