Research Centers and Institutes
The UCLA School of Dentistry operates four research centers.
- UCLA Dragoo Periodontal and Implant Clinical Research and Patient Care Center
The UCLA Dragoo Periodontal and Implant Clinical Research and Patient Care Center will be recognized as a world leader in the advancement of oral health through its activities in clinical research, education and patient care.
The mission of the Dragoo Periodontal and Implant Clinical Research and Patient Care Center is to advance the interdisciplinary scientific knowledge of clinical periodontics and implant therapy and to improve the oral health of the people of California, the nation, and the world. This will be accomplished through the execution of well-designed clinical studies investigating the etiology of disease and biologically sound principles of treatment and by disseminating new knowledge to health care providers and the public.
To accomplish this, we will:
- Design and conduct clinical research that investigates the etiology of disease and independently evaluates the biological basis and effectiveness of currently available materials and treatment protocols (research);
- Strive to achieve a world-wide influence on improving the oral health of individuals by providing biologically based treatment protocols that aim to be minimally invasive (patient care);
- Educate oral health care professionals by providing new knowledge and skills and by demonstrating the value biologically based treatment (education); and
- Promote the oral health of the local, national and worldwide community as providers of biologically sound oral health services and information about best practices (public service).
- Center for Oral/Head and Neck Oncology Research
The Center for Oral/Head and Neck Oncology Research is located on the 7th floor of the School of Dentistry, which is located in the Center for Health Sciences building. Construction of this 6,600 square foot, state-of-the-art center was completed in the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
The space currently houses the labs of world-renowned researchers, Drs. David Wong, Dean Ho, and Yong Kim. Their laboratories conduct high impact research in the areas of oral cancer therapies, nanomedicine solutions, and salivary diagnostics. The Center also contains core service laboratories equipped with cutting-edge equipment for faculty.
The construction project was made possible by funding from NIH’s National Center for Research Resources, totaling more than $5 million. The Center acts as an axis for innovative collaborations with other dental schools from around the world, and also other areas of study from the UCLA campus, creating an interdisciplinary hub for cutting-edge research.
- Jane and Jerry Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology
Biomedical science now stands on the threshold of a newand uncharted era of discovery which promises to revolutionize the treatment of facial defects. Advances in stem cell biology, gene therapy and nanotechnology are increasing the likelehood that in the not-too-distant future we will be repairing the devastation caused by birth defects, cancer, or trauma by regenerating skin, bone, and soft tissue. The impact of such an achievement will be remarkable and far-reaching. Please visit the Weintraub Center website for more information. http://www.weintraub.dent.ucla.edu/
- Clinical Research Center
The Clinical Research Center (CRC) is located in the School of Dentistry. This facility occupies a total of 300 square feet and maintains two dental operatories. The facility coordinates and conducts all phases of human clinical investigational study. The CRC coordinates and collaborates studies with local, intra-state and international researchers and institutions. Proposed study protocols are designed in accordance with Human Subjects Protection Board (IRB) regulations.
The CRC, with the present director, Dr. Tara Aghaloo, who is also the Assistant Dean of Clinical Research, has been in existence for almost a decade. The CRC supports a wide range of multidisciplinary clinical research projects. In a typical year the CRC may conduct two to three large clinical projects. Past investigations have included studies on new therapies for the treatment of gum disease and tooth decay.
The facility operates under the Food and Drug Administration guidelines for Good Clinical Practice. The CRC has gained a national reputation for providing the highest quality research. This reputation has resulted in increased interest by corporate sponsors to conduct dental clinical trials at UCLA. This facility is open to all School investigators. Interested persons can contact UCLA at (310) 825-9792.