Dr. Donald Nixdorf will lead development of network study assessing outcomes of root canal treatment

Dr. Donald Nixdorf, Associate Professor in the Division of TMD & Orofacial Pain at the University of Minnesota, will lead development of a large prospective observational study within the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network.

The study will assess outcomes of root canal treatment, and is a continuation of Dr. Nixdorf's previous work within the Network, which includes research focusing on deterring predictors for severe acute post-operative pain and persistent pain after endodontic care.

Dr. Nixdorf will be assisted by seven investigators from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Alabama Birmingham, as well as additional researchers from the Network and Westat, a research corporation in Rockville, Md.

The Network aims to improve the nation's oral health by sponsoring and conducting research in dental practices to improve patient care and to facilitate the translation of research findings into clinical practice.