Research at Tufts Dental School

Vision: To develop, advance and disseminate knowledge of oral health issues to benefit the profession and the society it serves.

The mission of the Research Community is to promote the reputation of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine through innovative basic, clinical, and public health research. We strive to be a leader allowing for collaboration with all schools within Tufts University with the purpose to share ideas and strengths for the common good.

We are dedicated to performing ethical, meaningful research in oral health care. Our research efforts are directed towards meeting the needs of the scientific and dental community, the public at large, and to our study volunteers and students. The TUSDM research community strives to combine our strength by sharing our resources and ideas. Our efforts are to promote oral health and disseminate this information to improve the quality of life of the general population.

2017 ADEA and IADR Presentations

If you are currently engaged in research, you are most likely aware that abstract submission deadlines for the 2017 ADEA and IADR meetings are coming up quickly! To learn more about the process, please click here.

Bates-Andrews Research Abstract Book

View the complete 2015-2016 Bates Andrews Day Student and Faculty abstracts book >>




Research Community Focus

  • Apply basic and clinical science research to the development of new methodologies and treatment technologies
  • Publish in peer reviewed journals
  • Communicate through oral scientific presentations
  • Create research opportunities and encourage participation for faculty and students
  • Develop innovative hypotheses
  • Collaborate with other scientists within Tufts and other institutions
  • Share research ideas among faculty and students
  • Nurture future scientists and leaders
  • Educate and promote the oral health and well-being of our study volunteers

Areas of Research

Lunch and Learns

  • How to create the perfect spreadsheet for data analysis: Presented on 09/19/16
  • Research Mentoring Workshop: What is involved in being a Research Mentor and resources available through DRA to assist you through the process. – Presented on 9/29/16
  • Animal Studies and Research Laboratory Resources: Corinna discussed our Surgical and Interventional Research Laboratories (SIRL) and the services they offer including in-vivo and cadaveric surgical studies and training and animal model development. She also spoke about the general lab animal services DLAM (the Division of Lab Animal Medicine) provides at Tufts for animal studies. – Presented on 11/18/16
  • Demystifying the IRB Process: The Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission process at TUSDM is brown down. The best practices are outlined from study development and submission, through IRB approval. Some tips about considerations during the protocol development phase in order to streamline the submission and approval process were discussed. – Presented on January 9, 2017  *Please  note, the content of the video does not begin until minute 24.*
  • Qualitative Research: Focus Groups and Key Informant Interviews: Do you have a research question that might be best answered through focus groups or key informant interviews? Please join us as OIRE provides us with tips on successfully developing and conducting these types of qualitative research studies. We look forward to learning about developing pertinent questions, appropriate recruitment strategies, moderating strategies, and best procedures for data transcription! – Presented on February 2, 2017
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Research Coordinating – Are you interested in conducting a research study? Please join us as we discuss the steps involved in running a research study, from how to properly maintain source documents to quality assurance and study monitoring. A main focus of this presentation will be on Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and the importance of protecting the rights, safety, and confidentiality of study participants. Presented on February 27, 2017.
  • Epidemiological Approach Using EHR Data: An epidemiological approach for studying survival of dental implants and endodontically treated teeth using electronic health record (EHR) data.  A lot of patient data has been collected and entered into AxiUm EHR. How to use EHR data for dental research? Dr. Tran presented an epidemiological approach using EHR data to address clinical research questions about the survival of dental implants and endodontically treated teeth. Study designs, statistical data analysis methods, and future research projects suitable for EHR data will also be discussed. Presented on March 2, 2017
  • Systematic Reviews: Laying the Groundwork – Becky Morin of the Health Sciences Library highlights the basics of systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and other types of high-level research reviews. Learn more about topics such as the elements of a systematic review, protocols, resources, timelines, and suggested databases.
  • Changes in the Grant Submission Process at TUSDM – Are you interested in submitting a grant or learning about the life cycle of a grant? Please watch this video as we discuss the steps involved in the grant process at TUSDM. A main focus of this presentation was the changes and process of a grant cycle. Presented on April 25, 2017
  • Student Research Travel Program – Are you interested in traveling to corporate headquarters to conduct a materials based research project? Please watch this video as two past Research Travel Program students discuss an overview of the program.  Presented on May 26, 2017.