UW School of Dentistry

Courses

Courses in Clinical Dental Research Methods

Fundamentals of Observational Studies and Clinical Trials

Time: 2:00–4:00 W • Faculty: McKinney, DeRouen, Cunha-Cruz, Chi

Fundamentals of designing observational studies and randomized clinical trials will be discussed. Topics on observational studies will include how to design cross-sectional, case control, cohort and community-based participatory studies. Topics on randomized clinical trials to be addressed include: what constitutes a clinical trial; reasons why clinical trials are used; characteristics of good trials; ethical issues; special topics in clinical trials including recruitment, compliance, and limitations of results.

Seminar on Grantsmanship

Time: 2:00–4:00 MW • Faculty: McKinney, Dickstein

Introduction to the grant review process; types of grants; criteria used in evaluating grants; elements of strong grant applications; human subjects and other ethical issues. Participants will be divided into teams and go through the process of developing an interdisciplinary grant proposal.

Biostatistics

Time: 8:00–9:30 MWF • Faculty: Spiekerman

This is equivalent to the introductory course taught for graduate students throughout the health sciences. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, elementary probability, comparison of two-sample means and proportions, simple linear regression and correlation. Parametric and non-parametric methods are discussed. More advanced methods (multiple regression, analysis of variance, logistic regression) are briefly described but not covered in detail. Applications and examples in dentistry are stressed throughout.

Behavior and Measurement in Dental Research

Time: 10:00–11:30 MWF • Faculty: Heaton, Coldwell, Coolidge, Cunha-Cruz, Grembowski, McKinney, Mancl, Ramsay, Seminario

This course is designed to introduce participants to some of the most commonly used methods in behavioral dental research and common challenges in measurement in dental research studies. Applications to studies of dental fear, pain, autism in dentistry, neurosensory assessment, dental services utilization, outcomes of major dental procedures, orthodontic treatment, and pediatric and global oral health are included.

 

Clinical Epidemiology & Study Design in Dentistry

Time: 8:00–9:30 TTh • Faculty: Hujoel

The main goal of this course is to provide an overview of the scientific principles in clinical research. Topics covered include biological plausibility, the importance of comparison and temporality in establishing causality, data torturing, the formulation of a research question, refutation, placebo effects, and scientific conflicts of interest. Application and issues of three specific research designs are introduced: the case-control design, the cohort design, and the randomized controlled trial.

Computing Applications & Data Analysis

Time: 10:00–12:00 TTh • Faculty: Siebold

Students will learn how to use a variety of computer software packages for research applications. Instruction is given on web resources, PowerPoint and table presentations, data analysis using Excel and SPSS, and sample size calculations using PS software. Students receive hands-on experience in analyzing data sets from oral health studies. The course is designed to reinforce the principles covered in other Summer Institute courses such as Biostatistics.

Molecular Biology & Oral Health Applications (elective)

Time: 1:30–2:20 TTh, Room RR-134, Health Sciences Building • Faculty: Presland, Roberts

This course is designed as an introduction to molecular biology and recombinant DNA techniques, and its applications. It will discuss both basic concepts of molecular biology such as nucleic acid structure and function, RNA and protein synthesis, and applications that are relevant to oral health and dentistry as well as biological sciences in general. This course should provide a broad understanding of molecular biology and genetics, and how these disciplines are revolutionizing all aspects of biology and health care.

Craniofacial Research Seminar (elective)

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm Th •  Faculty: McKinney, Guest Lecturers

This survey course presents a framework and overview of the translational spectrum of craniofacial research from basic science and clinical research to product development. It showcases a broad range of study designs and topics using dental and craniofacial projects conducted by University of Washington faculty as case studies.