Network Annual Face-to-Face Meeting held in Rochester, NY

The Northeast region hosted the third annual face-to-face meetings of the Executive, Steering, and Regional Coordination Committees of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network on September 10th - 12th, 2014 at the Strathallan Hotel in Rochester, NY.

The Network Meetings brought together 50 regional directors, coordinators, Executive Committee members, project officers from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and Westat Coordinating Center project staff. Drs. Martha Somerman, NIDCR Director and Lillian Shum, Director of NIDCR Division of Extramural Research were also in attendance. The purpose of the September 11th meeting was to discuss reports from the network's directors and committee chairs. Updates were also provided about other project areas, including program and performance planning, study ideas and development, collaborations with other organizations, and status updates on network documents/plans. On September 12th, the group was divided into an Executive Committee meeting, at which study concepts and ideas were discussed and voted upon, and a Regional Coordination Committee meeting, where lessons learned from previous network experience were shared among coordinators and input was provided about study data collection forms that are being developed, as well as the launch of upcoming studies.