Oral Health Initiative

National Oral Health Research Strategy: Expression of Interest

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s (CIHR) Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA) is developing a National Oral Health Research Strategy and would like to engage members of the research community.

IMHA will provide a range of options for members of the oral health research community to contribute to that Strategy. One of those options will be an in-person meeting in Ottawa on Wednesday, March 29th, 2023. The goal of that meeting will be for various interested parties to identify themselves, highlight their areas of interest and expertise and meet each other. The full suite of engagement opportunities is not yet developed and will be created during 2023. We envisage that the National Oral Health Research Strategy will take 12-18 months to develop. It will be a living strategy and it will be shaped by the oral health research community.

If you are interested in contributing to the National Oral Health Research Strategy there are several options for you to do so as follows:

  1. Email the CIHR-IMHA inbox to ensure you are on the mailing list for the strategy.
  2. Suggest names of individuals you feel would be essential in developing a National Oral Health Research Strategy by emailing the CIHR-IMHA inbox.
  3. If you are interested in attending the in-person event in March 2023, please submit an expression of interest outlining your desire to be selected.

Submission deadline: January 10, 2023

Please note that the event will be by invitation only.

Oral Health Data Platform

The Oral Health Data platform was funded in March 2021 and is supported by the following CIHR Institutes:

The Oral Health Data Platform has the overall goals of generating data, creating a database, and establishing a research and training infrastructure. These will enable oral health researchers, practitioners, and decision-makers to address essential oral health and oral health care-related research questions, facilitate knowledge translation and further knowledge exchange with appropriate stakeholders. The Oral Health Data Platform will build sustainable long-term capacity in oral health related research to improve the health of all Canadians.

This platform, created in collaboration with Statistics Canada through their Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS), will add relevant and essential biological, clinical and self-report oral health data in Cycle 7 of the CHMS. This project will use Statistics Canada's existing research infrastructure and expertise to address oral health-related knowledge gaps, to explore links between oral and systemic health, and to establish a modern, world-class research platform to provide numerous opportunities for new research discoveries and training.

Data generated by the survey will be used to investigate important research questions around topics such as:

Dr. Paul Allison, lead for this project, is a professor in the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences at McGill University. He is a dentist trained in oral and maxillofacial surgery and dental public health, with research training in clinical and community epidemiology. He is a former President of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

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The vision of the Network for Canadian Oral Health Research (NCOHR) is to be the primary resource for initiating, supporting, and sustaining innovative and collaborative oral health research designed to benefit the health of all Canadians. NCOHR links researchers from ten universities across Canada to promote mentorship of the next generation of oral health researchers; aid development of interdisciplinary research teams; enable sharing of research-related resources; guide development of sustainable infrastructure; and facilitate communication between and among knowledge creators and knowledge users. This network creates opportunities for oral health researchers to share ideas and resources so they can work together to continue to improve the oral health of Canadians.

More information on NCOHR's objectives and priority areas.

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