Current concepts in general practice, developing leadership skills


Prof Cyril Meyerowitz

Professor Cyril Meyerowitz

Tuesday December 4th 2012

Lecture Summary:

A Dental Practice Based Research Network (DPBRN) is a consortium of dental practices committed to improving clinical practice and oral health by investigating research question and sharing experiences and expertise. The network conducts research that is done by, and about the “real world” of daily clinical practice, where the overwhelming majority of the population receives its dental care. This presentation will address the development of DPBRNs in the USA through National Institute for Health (NIH) funding. It will describe one of these networks focusing on: differences between PBRN research and other kinds of research; key operating principles; structure and functioning of the network; Institutional Review Board issues; benefits of a PBRN to dental practitioners; examples of studies done in the PBRN; and lessons learned in the DPBRN.
NIH has continued to invest in PBRN by allocating significant resources for seven years to fund a single National PBRN. This will result in the continued expansion of research conducted in a dental PBRN and an opportunity to evaluate its impact on clinical practice and oral health.


Professor Cyril Meyerowitz is Director of the Eastman Institute for Oral Health and Professor and Chair of Dentistry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He received his dental degree from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa in 1973 and completed a 2-year Postdoctoral General Dentistry Program and an MS in Oral Biology in 1979 at the University of Rochester. He is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists. He has served as a Commissioner on the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association (ADA) and Chair of the Commission’s Postdoctoral General Dentistry Review Committee.

He served on the ADA Council for Education and Licensure for 4 years, chairing the council for a year. He has chaired numerous ad hoc task forces for the ADA. He was a member of the American Dental Education Association’s Commission for Change and Innovation in Dental Education and chaired the Section on Postdoctoral General Dentistry. He is currently chair of the New York State Academic Centers. His clinical and research interests have focused on cariology, salivary dysfunction, hospital dentistry, treatment of medically compromised patients and dental education. He has published and lectured extensively in these areas.

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