NW Precedent

Common Dental Problems

Answers from Practicing Clinicians

Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, 2012




      Research has moved from the Ivory Tower to the everyday practice of dentistry. In 2005, the Northwest PRECEDENT network was established by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and is operated jointly by the University of Washington and Oregon Health & Science University. More than 200 private practice and community clinic dentists from the northwest have contributed to evidence-based research through Northwest PRECEDENT. This conference provides a unique opportunity to learn how 15 studies were conducted and the results of this exciting research.



Practice-Based Research: Contributions to the Daily Practice of Medicine by Rick Deyo, MD, MPH, Director, OCTRI Community and Practice Research Program at Oregon Health & Science University. Over the past 3 decades, a significant portion of medical research has moved from universities to private practices. Nearly 15,000 physicians nationwide participate in practice-based research. Dr. Rick Deyo will discuss the changes seen in the practice of medicine due to the impact of these research activities. His insights will provide indications of what impacts might be expected in dental offices conducting research and in the overall practice of dentistry. Dr. Deyo's research interests include chronic pain, measuring patient function and involving patients in clinical decisions. He currently serves as the Director of the Community and Practice Research Program and in the Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute at Oregon Health & Science University.



New Ultra-Low-Cost POC Diagnostics, and How They Could Change the Way We Do Disease Surveillance by Paul Yager, PhD, Chair, Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington. A core interest of Dr. Paul Yager's is diagnostic technologies, including systems to improve diagnoses in the developing world. His group uses microfluidic technologies, the manipulation of liquids (including saliva/sputum) at very small scales. He has received 37 patents and a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to create a portable, rugged and cheap tool for blood tests that could be used in developing countries to diagnose diseases such as malaria and typhoid. He will discuss efforts underway to develop sophisticated and extremely inexpensive point-of-care diagnostics based on paper, and their potential impact on a wide range of medical scenarios. He is currently the Chair of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington.   


Complete program:



 Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101


Registration Fee: Breakfasts and lunch included

$275 if paid by March 20, 2012 OR  $325 if paid on or after March 21, 2012

Course Times:  Friday 8-4 & Saturday 8-1


To Register: 

Registrations through University of Washington - www.regonline.com/commondentalchallenges - Contact 800-606-4953