Translational and Clinical Research

Clinical Research


















Clinical research is one of three main research areas within the UMKC School of Dentistry.  Our definition of “clinical research” is the same as that used by the National Institutes of Health: (1) Patient-oriented research. Research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator (or colleague) directly interacts with human subjects. Patient-oriented research includes: (a) mechanisms of human disease, (b) therapeutic interventions, (c) clinical trials, and (d) development of new technologies; (2) Epidemiologic and behavioral studies; and (3) Outcomes research and health services research. As suggested by these definitions, “clinical research” is a broad concept that incorporates a wide range of activities involving human participants directly and indirectly.

At the present time, on-going clinical research efforts include those involved with temporomandibular disorders, salivary disorders, HIV and TB diagnosis, and restorative materials.  A Clinical Research Center at the School of Dentistry provides facilities to carry out contracted research supported by commercial firms as well as clinical research directed by individual faculty. 

For more information on the clinical research activities of individual faculty members, please click on the following links:

Carole McArthur, M.D., Ph.D.

Contact Info

Use the email addresses below for more information on the clinical research activities of individual faculty members:

Carole McArthur, M.D., Ph.D.

Lynda Bonewald, Ph.D

J. David Eick, M.S., Ph.D

Mary Walker, D.D.S., Ph.D.