The Center for Global Oral Health

The 2013 Summer Institute class members came from Norway, Thailand, Turkey, the U.S., India, Germany, China, Suriname, Colombia, Canada, Portugal, Nigeria and Chile.

The 2013 Summer Institute class members came from Norway, Thailand, Turkey, the U.S., India, Germany, China, Suriname, Colombia, Canada, Portugal, Nigeria and Chile.

The Center for Global Oral Health (CGOH) at the UW School of Dentistry is designed to promote collaborations in dental research and education, including faculty and student exchanges, with partners around the world.

Under the direction of Timothy A. DeRouen, PhD, the CGOH oversees the Summer Institute in Clinical Dental Research Methods and a clinical, behavioral and public health research training collaboration with several universities in Thailand, funded by a training grant from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health. One of the activities sponsored by the Fogarty grant is a biennial one-week Workshop on Clinical Research Methods offered in varying sites in Thailand and other countries in South East Asia. Current projects include the study of cleft palates in Thailand, proposals for oral health disparities research in Peru and ongoing student exchange programs in Chile, Taiwan and Thailand.

The CGOH extends the School of Dentistry’s active international role in oral health; the School’s collaborations and interactions involve more than 40 countries. The Summer Institute in Clinical Dental Research Methods – which Dr. DeRouen founded in 1992 and also continues to direct – has drawn nearly 500 students from more than 40 countries and 30 U.S. states.
The 2012 Fogarty Workshop on Clinical Research Methods in Oral Health Research took place in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Participants were from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, The Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The 2012 Fogarty Workshop on Clinical Research Methods in Oral Health Research took place in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Participants were from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, The Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Faculty affiliate members include:

  • Pediatric Dentistry – Dean Joel Berg, DDS; Ana Lucia Seminario, DDS, PhD
  • Oral Health Sciences – Christy McKinney, PhD, MPH; Sue Coldwell, PhD; Trilby Coolidge, PhD; Joana Cunha-Cruz, DDS, MPH, PhD; Susanne Jeffrey, DDS, PhD; and Peter Milgrom, DDS
  • Orthodontics – Greg Huang, DMD, MSD, MPH;  Zi-Jun Liu, DDS, PhD
  • Periodontology – Richard Darveau, PhD; Frank Roberts, DDS, PhD
  • Restorative Dentistry – Hai Zhang, DMD, PhD; John Townsend, DDS, MSD

The School of Dentistry’s Summer Institute in Clinical Dental Research Methods will take place June 29 to Aug. 8, 2014. This training institute is open to dental school faculty and other oral health professionals interested in clinical research in dentistry. Read more about the Summer Institute here.

Dr. DeRouenTimothy A. DeRouen, PhD, is Professor of Biostatistics, Oral Health Sciences and Global Health at the University of Washington in Seattle, and is President-Elect of the American Association for Dental Research. He has interests in clinical trials and practice based research in oral health and in training in clinical research methodology. He is Director of the Center for Global Oral Health, Director of the Summer Institute in Clinical Dental Research Methods and Director of a Fogarty International Center training grant on clinical and public health research training in Thailand, at the University of Washington. He served for several years as Executive Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs for the School of Dentistry at the University of Washington and in 2011-12 was Interim Dean.

Carol WiesenbachCarol Wiesenbach is the Administrator for the Center for Global Oral Health. She is the contact person for questions and inquiries regarding the Center, as well as the Summer Institute in Clinical Dental Research Methods and two NIH grants: Comprehensive Training in Inter-Disciplinary Oral Health Research and Clinical, Public Health and Behavioral Oral Health Research Training in Thailand.

For more information, contact Dr. Timothy DeRouen, Director, derouen@uw.edu, 206.221.8793 or Carol Wiesenbach, Administrator, carolw@uw.edu, 206.221.6887.

To donate to the Center for Global Oral Health, contact Christina Vanosdoll.

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