The Executive Committee is the governing body for DPBRN.
Its members comprise six DPBRN practitioner-investigators who are in
non-academic daily clinical practice, the Network Chair, the Director of
the DPBRN Coordinating Center, and the NIDCR representative. The
current members of the DPBRN Executive Committee are listed on the
"Contact Us" page. Click here
to view the "Contact Us" page. The practitioner-investigator members
are elected for three-year terms by the DPBRN membership. Note that the
practitioner-investigators constitute the majority voting authority on
the Executive Committee.
The duties of the Executive Committee are to act as the administrative
and executive arm of the PBRN. It makes decisions on day-to-day
operational issues; considers and adopts changes in study procedures as
necessary; reviews and implements recommendations from the Institutional
Review Board and/or Data and Safety Monitoring Board; reviews progress
of studies in achieving their goals; and reviews data collection
procedures. The Executive Committee also prioritizes research topics
for study development, reviews studies prior to submission for funding,
and has the authority to make suggestions for submission of manuscripts
for publication of DPBRN study results. The Executive Committee meets
every one to two months. The typical meeting is held by
videoconference, although some members join by telephone conference
call. One to two times each year, the Executive Committee holds a
To be eligible to serve as a practitioner-investigator representative, a DPBRN practitioner must meet these criteria:
1. Is a licensed practitioner engaged in the regular practice of dentistry.
2. Is a general dentist or dental hygienist who sees patients in a general practice setting.
3. Has participated in at least one DPBRN clinical study.
4. Has access to e-mail, is able to receive attachments via e-mail, and is willing to communicate via e-mail on a regular basis.
5. Is able to participate in the regularly-scheduled DPBRN Executive
Committee meetings that are held by videoconference and during
face-to-face meetings at locations throughout the United States.