The Office of Clinical Research
The Office of Clinical Research (OCR) was established in 1998 with the goal to develop a first class clinical research infrastructure at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. The OCR’s objective is to support and conduct state-of-the-art clinical projects in dental and craniofacial research. Support resources include design and management of clinical trials, IRB submissions, subject recruitment, examiner calibration, and data management and analysis. Investigators who collaborate with the OCR are researchers with expertise in clinical studies of gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis), tooth decay (caries), tooth stain, plaque, and dentin hypersensitivity (pain). They have performed clinical trials on antibiotics, dentifrices, mouthwashes, and toothbrushes. Also, they have been involved in the development and testing of diagnostic and therapeutic methods and procedures. A core of well-trained dedicated staff, such as a study coordinator, dental hygienists, recorders, and clerical personnel assists OCR investigators.
The facilities at the College of Dentistry permit the conduct of a great variety of studies, including Phase I, II, and III clinical trials. Such research is carried out in dedicated research clinics and laboratories. Being part of the most comprehensive health sciences center in America, the OCR can offer a wide spectrum of research tools. They may include medical and dental examinations, clinical laboratory tests, and surveys.
The OCR is maintaining a subject database for subject recruitment. Interesting panels for the study of a variety of oral diseases can be constructed in short time. In the near future, a Web-based research network will permit OCR researchers to broaden their investigations and include research centers in private practices. This exciting option will allow enrolling more and a greater diversity of subjects into studies in an even shorter period of time.
In summary, resources of the OCR include:
Facilities and Equipment
IRB on campus