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The Summary Proceedings of our " Conference on Translating Clinical Trials Outcomes to your Practice" is now available on the ADA web site. Please click on the following link:

Click the link below to see the article that appeared in the ADA News on September 19, 2016 regarding our upcoming conference with the ADA.

The Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research is co-sponsoring with the ADA a conference titled, "Translating Clinical Trials Outcomes to Your Practice." Please use the link below to read the article from the ADA.

The Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research, now in its 48th year, recognized Dr. Anthony Volpe, for his foresight and vision as a founding member of this organization. The event was held on May 3, 2016. His contributions to dentistry range from product and clinical development, academia, broadening the opportunities for dentists, and developing clinical endpoints.

The Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research is proud to have its founding member included among the Outstanding Leaders in Dentistry both nationally and internationally.

The Task Force is sponsoring a symposium at the AADR meeting in Los Angeles on Monday, March 14, 2016 from 1:00-4:30. The symposium was organized by Stuart Gansky and is titled “Getting Smart About Developing Individualized Sequences of Health Intervention with Application to Oral Health”. The symposium is on the aadr website and will be held in Room 511a of the LA Convention Center. All Task Force members and sponsors are invited to attend.

Co-sponsorship of the 2016 AADR/CADR Oral Epidemiology (Epi) Forum March 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA
The Task Force on Design and Analysis is co-sponsoring the 2016 AADR/CADR Oral Epidemiology (Epi) Forum on March 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. If this may be of interest to you, please click on the link to obtain more information.

Dr. Maria Ryan elected VP of AADR!  CONGRATULATIONS DR. RYAN!

Members of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) have elected Maria Emanuel Ryan, Stony Brook University, N.Y., to serve as the next AADR vice president. Her term will commence at the conclusion of the 45th AADR Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, Calif., March 16-19, 2016. After serving as vice president, she will remain on the AADR Board of Directors for three consecutive terms as president-elect, president and immediate past president.

Ryan is professor and chair, Department of Oral Biology & Pathology, School of Dental Medicine, Stony Brook University. Additionally, she has served on the Board of Directors of The Task Force on Design and Analysis of Oral Health Research since 2003 and is a newly elected member of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Association Board, N.Y. She received an A.B. from Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.; a D.D.S. from the School of Dental Medicine, Stony Brook University; a certificate in periodontology, Department of Periodontology, Ph.D. (transfer) Biomedical Sciences, Department of BioStructure and Function, School of Dental Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington; and a Ph.D., Oral Biology and Pathology, Graduate School, Stony Brook University. She was a Fellow of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women, Drexel University, College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.; and the Energeia Partnership, Academy of Regional Stewardship at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, N.Y.

Ryan has been an AADR member since 1991. She has been an invited speaker and co-chaired numerous scientific sessions at IADR/AADR meetings. As an active member and volunteer, she has reviewed applications for the AADR Neal W. Chilton Fellowship in Clinical Research since the inception of this award. She served as president of the AADR New York/Long Island Section from 2000-2007 and on the AADR Council from 2001-2006. Additionally, she has been a reviewer for the IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research.

As vice president, Ryan will work to support the AADR mission and the vision of the Board of Directors.

Registration open for conference on genomics in dentistry
August 13, 2015
By Michelle Manchir  

Registration has opened for a first-of-its-kind meeting about current issues involved in genetic testing hosted by the American Dental Association in collaboration with the Task Force on Design and Analysis.

Academicians, dental practitioners, regulatory bodies and leaders of professional dental organizations are encouraged to attend the conference, Navigating The Sea of Genomic Data, scheduled for Oct. 28-29 at the Association Headquarters in Chicago.

Conference admission is $295 and attendees can earn 10.25 continuing education credits. For more information or to register, visit

The purpose of the conference is to develop a framework for guidance that can be used to inform and assess the design and analysis of genomic studies of oral diseases.

Conference co-chairs include Dr. Daniel Meyer, ADA Chief Science Officer; Dr. Michael Glick, editor of The Journal of the American Dental Association and professor and William M. Feagans Chair, School of Dental Medicine, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York; and Dr. Seb Ciancio, executive director, Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research, distinguished service professor and chair, Department of Periodontics and Endodontics, University at Buffalo, SUNY.

"The conference is open to all professional communities of interest, including clinicians, scientists, expert opinion leaders, regulators and industry stakeholders," said Dr. Meyer. "The program is designed to collect, share and disseminate the most up-to-date information to help address current research questions, clinical challenges and patient care issues."

The conference will mark the first time renowned genomic experts from a variety of medical and dental organizations have come together to discuss pressing research, academic and clinical issues related to genetic testing in the context of oral health care, organizers said.

Among the distinguished speakers is Dr. John Ioannidis, M.D., a professor at Stanford University, who is a leader in genomic/genetic research.

A June ADA News story announcing the conference generated a lot of interest, said Dr. Ciancio.

"I received numerous inquiries about registration, fees and future planned conferences on the topic of genomics," said Dr. Ciancio. "Many commented on their appreciation that the conference was planned and stated that this is the right timing for such a conference since they were anxious to be updated in this rapidly emerging area of information."

Five travel grants for post-graduate dental students are available for this conference. The application form is available on the Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research's website,, by clicking on "News Items" or "Education Programs."

The Task Force presented a course in clinical research as a Satellite Symposium that preceded the 2015 Annual meeting of the IADR/AADR/CADR in Boston, MA, March 9-11, 2015. Nineteen people from 10 different universities and 3 oral health care companies attended the 2 1/2 day course. The symposium included presentations by Task Force members Al Best, Sebastian Ciancio, Deborah Dawson, and Bruce Pihlstrom. The Task Force has presented this course for the last 6 years at various locations in the U.S. in association with the AADR annual meetings. 

Dr. Sebastian G. Ciancio, Executive Director, Recipient of ADA 2014 Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research

October 2014

Dr. Sebastian G. Ciancio, Executive Director of the Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research, is the recipient of the American Dental Association's 2014 Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research.

The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions in clincial investigations that advance the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of craniofacial-oral-dental diseases, as well as outstanding research endeavors in other areas.

The ADA cited Dr. Ciancio's many academic and research accomplishments, especially his achievements in researching the role of pharmacologic agents as adjunctive therapy in the practice of periodontics and dentistry, including locally-administered antibiotics for periodontal disease, the iontophoretic application of fluoride to reduce tooth hypersensitivity, the efficacy of antiseptic mouthrinses and dentifrices to reduce gingivitis, and the oral side effects associated with the use of pharmacologic agents.

Iowa Dean To Lead UIC College Of Dentistry

Task Force member Clark Stanford associate dean for research and professor of prosthodontics at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, has been named dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. His appointment, which is subject to approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, is effective Oct. 1.
He received a bachelor’s of science degree in 1984, a doctor of dental science degree in 1987, and a certificate in prosthodontics and Ph.D. in cell biology in 1992. He joined Iowa’s faculty that same year and has been a faculty member there since 1992.
An accomplished researcher whose work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, private foundations and industry, Stanford focuses his laboratory studies on osteoblastic gene expression and signaling pathways. He is the author of 18 book chapters, 111 published papers and more than 140 research abstracts.

March 2014: At the 24th Gala and Benefit held recently in Chicago, IL Oral Health America honored Dr. Anthony Volpe for his over 40 years of dedication to the dental industry. From his work with dental schools across the country to his groundbreaking research through his recently-retired position at Colgate-Palmolive, Dr. Volpe has impacted countless dental professionals and changed the industry for the better. Dr. Volpe was presented with the Gala Tribute Award during the ceremony and a tribute booklet was given to attendees with  heartwarming comments from many of his colleagues. Dr. Volpe is a member of the Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research. 

March 17-19, 2014 Dr. Bruce Pihlstrom presented in collaboration with the 2014 AADR meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research a 2 1/2 day course in clinical research as a Satellite Symposium. Topics included: clinical research design; IRB and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) regulations and ethics; FDA regulations; day-to-day operation and management of clinical research; fundamentals of data management and statistical analysis; working with industry; publication of results; NIH and industry funding opportunities; and clinical research training opportunities. Faculty participation included Dr. Al Best of Virginia Commonwealth University; Dr. Sebastian Ciancio of University at Buffalo; Dr. Deborah Dawson of University of Iowa; Dr. John Gunsolley of Virginia Commonwealth University, along with Dr. Bruce Pihlstrom of University of Minnesota. The meeting was well attended and a good time was had by all. 

Task Force on Design and Analysis in Dental and Oral Health Research
Satellite Symposium on Clinical Research
IADR Meeting: March 18-20, 2013
Seattle Washington 

Attendees of the 2013 Satellite Symposium on Clinical Research in Seattle, WA.

ANNOUNCEMENT - July 18, 2012
We received a message from the IADR that nominations for the PTT Award are now open. Dr.Stuart Fischman is the Chair of this committee. The link for submission of documents is:
The following are eligible from prior years and are still active: Peter Holbrook, J. Mark Thomason, Nicholas Girdler. 

Dr. Anthony R. Volpe, a founding sponsor/member of the Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research was recently awarded The William J. Gies Award by the American Dental Education Association. He was recognized for the Vision, Innovation and Achievement in Dentistry as both a public and private partner.
Dr. Volpe is Vice President of Clinical Dental Research and Scientific Affairs at the Colgate-Palmolive Technology Center in Piscataway, New Jersey. He also is a staff member at St. Peter's Medical Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey and has practiced general dentistry in New Jersey. In addition, he has been a clinical Professor of Pharmacology at the Fairleight-Dickenson University School of Dentistry and currently is a Clinical Professor of Periodontics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey Dental School. Dr. Volpe has served on technical committees of major worldwide dental organizations, including the National Institute of Research, The World Health Organization and the Federation Dentaire Internationale. He served as president of the American Dental Association Foundation from 1997 to 2003 and was presented in 2004 with the American Dental Association's Distinguished Service Award. In 2004 Dr. Volpe was further honored to receive the American Association of Public Health Dentistry's Special Merit Award and the Hadassah Special Award from the Hebrew University, Israel. 

Dr. Melissa Begg, a member of the Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. The award is in recognition of her excellence in leadership, development and delivery of training and mentoring programs for young clinical investigators, for promotion of statistics in biomedical research, for advancing statistics education and for service to the research community.
Dr. Begg is Vice Dean for Education and Professor of Clinical Biostatistics at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She earned her doctorate in biostatistics from Harvard in 1989 and joined the Columbia faculty immediately thereafter. Her areas of focus include: advancing interdisciplinary science; clinical reserach education; statistical methods in psychiatry and oral health; and analysis of cluster-correlated and sibling data. She also leads 2 NIH-funded career development programs to promote diversity: one aimed at college undergraduates, introducing them to careers in the public health sciences; and one aimed at diverse junior faculty, providing grant-writing advice, career support, and mentorship. Dr. Begg's teaching skills have been recognized on several occasions; she was inducted into the university's Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy in 2005 and received both the university-wide Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Mailman School Teaching Award from the Graduating Class in 2006. She was invited to join the ASPH/Pfizer Public Health Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 2007 and was elected to the Board of the Association for Clincal Research Training in 2008. Formerly Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs, she was appointed as Vice Dean for Education on October 1st 2010 and is overseeing the implementation of a major curriculum renewal initiative for Columbia's MPH program to launch in the Fall 2012. 

Faculty and Attendees at the Clinical Research Workshop held in Tampa, Florida, March 19-23, 2012. The workshop was sponsored by the Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research.

The Task Force on Design and Analysis supported the Proceedings of the Istanbul Conference and a publication from the conference is now published. This reference is now listed under our "Publications" page. 

Board of Directors member, Maria Ryan, D.D.S., Ph.D. Professor of Oral Biology and Pathology in the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, was recently named the winner of an international award that recognized her work in advancing women's health care by focusing her research efforts on the development of risk assessment strategies and biochemical testing for early identification of periodontal disease. Dr. Ryan was presented with the first ever Victress Award in Health at an August gala in Berlin, Germany.
The Victress Award in Health was created to honor a scientist or doctor who is researching or developing in a field that is gender specific or who provides a breakthrough for women's health. The winner also serves as a role model for young women who want to follow a similar career path. The award recognizes that women have different medical needs, sometimes show different symptoms or respond differently to medication, and is meant to promote some of the brilliant women in science who are usually not as visible as their male colleagues. 

Dr. Athena Papas, Tufts University and Dr. Stuart Gansky, University of California San Francisco both became Active Members at our May 4, 2010 meeting held in Newark, NJ.  We welcome them to our membership.

The Task Force on Design and Analysis presented the Dr. J. Murray Gavel Clinical Research Lectureship Continuing Education Workshop and Conference on November 11-12, 2010 at the Forsyth Institute.

MARCH 2010:
4th International Meeting -- Methodological Issues Oral Health Research: Interventional Studies
Dates: April 21-23, 2010
Location: Istanbul,Turkey
Additional Information and Registration:

Aims of the Conference:
1) Provide an overview of methods to improve the design, conduct and analysis of interventional oral health research.
2) Enhance communication between oral health researchers and statisticians.

The conference will focus on the design, conduct and analysis of interventional oral health research and will provide a forum for formal and informal interaction between oral health researchers and statisticians. The program includes invited speakers and peer-reviewed oral and poster sessions.

November 2009:  Frank Scannapieco, Professor and Chair of the Department of Oral Biology at the State University of New York at Buffalo was elected to membership in the Task Force on Design & Analysis in Oral Health Research at our November 2009 meeting. 

May 2009:  Deborah Dawson, PhD, Sc.M., Morris Bernstein Professor of Dentistry; Director of Biostatistics and Research Design, Dows Research Institute, College of Dentistry; Departments of Preventive and Community Dentistry & Biostatistics, and Interdisciplinary Programs in Genetics and Informatics at the University of Iowa was elected to membership in the Task Force on Design & Analysis in Oral Health Research at our May 2009 meeting.

Welcome new members!

Dr. Stuart Fischman (SUNY Buffalo) received the Distinguished Scientist Award in Pharmacology from the Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics Group of the International Association for Dental Research in Toronto, Ontario Canada during their summer 2008 meeting.  Dr. Fischman is shown receiving the plaque from Dr. Deborah Greenspan, President of the International Association for Dental Research.