The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research will consolidate regional research networks at six sites into a national network headquartered at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry.

NIDCR, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a seven-year, $66.8 million contract to unify and operate the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. The regional network program was started in 2005, built from scratch and took time to get up and running smoothly, says Donald DeNucci, DDS, a program specialist at NIDCR. Each network was independent of the other and had its own affiliated practitioners, clinical studies and administrative tasks.

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