Oral Health Clinical Research Center Overview


The mission of the Oral Health Clinical Research Center (OHCRC) is to enhance oral health by transferring basic and applied research knowledge and new technical advances into patient-oriented research. This will enhance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases for the patients we serve.

Resources and Services

  • Mentor faculty to develop their ideas into research proposals.
  • Provide study design, consulting and data analysis services to first-time and experienced clinical researchers. 
  • Assist faculty with submitting proposals for internal or external funding.
  • Mentor faculty to do studies in the school's Practice Based-Research Network (PBRN).
  • Assist with testing new technologies in dental care or delivery.
  • Assist School of Dentistry personnel with accessing clinical services of the Clinical and Translation Science Institute (CTSI) – including biostatistical services available through the Biostatistical Design and Analysis Center (BDAC). Consultations and services with BDAC are free for School of Dentistry personnel. See pull down on this page for details.
  • Assist School of Dentistry personnel with accessing clinical services of the Institute for Health Informatics (IHI) to support data analytics, including access to data, data searches to conduct research and identify target populations, and consulting on informatics technology including survey development, implementation and data storage. Data is available from the SOD’s axiUm electronic health record, the medical schools' Epic electronic health record, and the BigMouth Dental Data Repository. Consultations and services are free for SOD personnel. See pull down on this page for details.
  • Provide faculty with research personnel, including study coordinators, and clinical space to do research. 

If you have a research idea, we can help with all phases of the project:

Research Phases to ideas, to I R B, to Data Collection, to Data Analysis, to Manuscript Prep and Submission to Use preliminary data for grant proposal. Research Consultants to Dr. Schiffman, to Coordinator, to Epidemiologist or other coordinator, to statistician.

To learn more, contact Dr. Eric Schiffman ([email protected]).

To learn more about IHI services, contact Dr. Nikhita Kutala, the OHCRC’s Data Analyst and Informatics Consultant at [email protected]. For more details on the services provided, see the OHCRC Data Access and Informatics webpage. Consultations and services are free for School of Dentistry personnel.

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Core Units

The Administrative Core coordinates shared resources, facilities, and support services for clinical research in the School of Dentistry. The specific aims of this Core were directed to stimulating, facilitating, administering, and evaluating pilot studies that may lead to applications for expanded grant support. Pilot studies are administered by the director and funded by the Frank W. Veden Endowment for Clinical Research program. Applications for grants for this program are typically announced in December of each year. This Core is also responsible for providing research space and personnel to support research projects.

The Research Core is the focus for biostatistics, experimental design, data management and data analysis for the School of Dentistry. The Core provides investigators with access for informatics, biostatistical, and epidemiological consultations. The Specific Aims of this Core are to enhance clinical research, behavioral science, health services research and provide assistance at all stages of research projects: planning, randomization, data collection/management, data analysis, and reporting.

Clinic Description

The Clinic maintains a fully equipped multi-purpose research clinic consisting of 10 dental operatories - 2 private enclosed and 8 open operatories. There is office space for the director and study personnel. Storage space is available for research equipment. Our staff includes study coordinators who are dental hygienists, a PhD level epidemiologist, and dentists. There are MS and PhD level biostatisticians from BDAC, and a BDS, MHI data analyst and informatic consultant affiliated with the clinic. We can conduct FDA phase II and III clinical protocols for industry and have the capability and infrastructure to conduct many types of clinical studies dealing with oral health care products and procedures. Parking is available in the Washington Avenue ramp across from the SOD.

Oral Health Clinical Research Center (OHCRC)

eric schiffman

Director: Dr. Eric Schiffman, DDS, MS
School of Dentistry
7th Floor, Moos Tower
515 Delaware Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-625-5146
Cell: 651-338-3344
Email: [email protected]

Studies recruiting subjects