June 2, 2014

UW leads oral health research workshop in Peru

In May, the School of Dentistry led a weeklong workshop in Peru that expanded its clinical research training activity into the Southern Hemisphere for the first time.

The First Latin American Workshop on Clinical Research Methods in Oral Health, held May 12-16 at  Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, marked an extension of similar training the UW has offered for more than two decades in Seattle and in Asia.

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UW faculty members leading the First Latin American Workshop on Clinical Research Methods in Lima, Peru included (front row) Dr. Joanna Scott (far left), Dr. Lisa Heaton (second from left), Dr. Tim DeRouen (third from right) and Dr. Ana Lucia Seminario (far right). Another key participant was Dr. Jorge Luis Castillo (front row center), who received his orthodontics specialty training at the UW and is now chair of pediatric dentistry at Caetano Heredia University and president of the International Association of Pediatric Dentistry.

The 35 participants, culled from 60 applicants, represented mostly junior faculty from Latin American colleges and universities who had a strong interest in oral health research, according to Dr. Ana Lucia Seminario, one of the workshop organizers along with Dr. Tim DeRouen, director of the Center for Global Oral Health at the UW. Since 1992, he has directed the Summer Institute in Clinical Dental Research Methods, and for the last several years has led clinical research training sessions at several universities in Thailand under a grant from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health. He is also the president of the American Association for Dental Research for 2014-15.

The Peru Workshop, also supported by a $25,000 Fogarty grant, was led by School of Dentistry faculty including Dr. DeRouen and Dr. Seminario, as well as Dr. Joanna Scott and Dr. Lisa Heaton. The workshop faculty also included the UW’s Deborah Dickstein, from the Division of Human Subjects, and Dr. Jorge Luis Castillo, chair of pediatric dentistry at Caetano Heredia University and president of the International Association of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Castillo also completed orthodontics residency training at the UW in 2000.

The workshop covered subjects including:

Introduction to epidemiologic research methods

  • Behavioral research in dentistry
  • Randomized Clinical Trials
  • Ethical issues
  • Biostatistics
  • Study design

Dr. Seminario said the workshop underscored the value of a face-to-face presentation.

“Culturally, it has a lot of impact when someone from a developed country goes to a developing country,” she said. “It also shows us the need for more training, and our goal is to encourage more evidence-based research.”

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