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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 272-273
Journal of Conservative Dentistry Scientific Research Course 2015

J Conserv Dent

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Date of Web Publication19-May-2015

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Board E. Journal of Conservative Dentistry Scientific Research Course 2015. J Conserv Dent 2015;18:272-3

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Effective research: From conception to delivery

Speaker: Prof. Adrian Yap, PhD, MSc, BDS, Grad Dip Psychotherapy, FAMS

Dr. Jogikalmat Krithikadatta, MDS, BDS

Date: Wednesday, 28th October, 2015

Time: 9.00 am-6.00 pm

Venue: Thai Moogambigai Dental College, Chennai, India

   Synopsis Top

Research is the detailed study of a subject, especially to discover new information or reach a new understanding. It is the continual search for truth using the scientific method and a requisite for providing better healthcare. Although research is an essential part of many healthcare institutions and graduate programs, many clinicians lack the important research skills and knowledge required to succeed in their professional and academic careers. Research is generally complex to carry out and requires many diverse skills. While some skills are procedural or organizational in nature, others require strategic and critical thinking. In addition to achieving proficiency in the various skills, clinicians must be able to integrate them in a comprehensive report.

This 1-day course is designed to introduce the core skills and processes needed to carry out good quality research successfully; from research idea conception to research results delivery. Scientific publications, especially in reputable journals, are the most pragmatic way of communicating research results. Regrettably, scientific writing is not every clinician's favorite activity and getting a paper published can be a very arduous, tedious and time-consuming procedure. The program is divided into four modules with a special emphasis on the seven steps to effective scientific writing and publishing.

Topics covered in the modules include

Module 1: Understanding research

  • Research defined
  • Attitude, Skills and Knowledge for Research
  • The scientific method
  • Research process

Module 2: Designing the research plan

  • Formulating research questions
  • Searching the literature
  • Refining the research question
  • Planning the study
  • Writing the protocol

Module 3: Implementing the research plan

  • Obtaining ethics approval and funding
  • Piloting the methodology and project management
  • Collecting the data
  • Analyzing the data

Module 4: Communicating the research results

  • Scientific writing and publishing

Course objectives

  • To understand research and the research process
  • To review the scientific method
  • To identify good research ideas
  • To design a sound research plan
  • To implement the research plan efficiently
  • To write and publish effectively

Who should attend

The course is specially designed for clinicians and anyone interested in research or preparing to start a research project. All modules are planned to provide foundational skills and assume limited prior knowledge.

   Course Methods Top

All modules incorporate eclectic learning methods, including lectures, videos, group discussions, peer-teaching and practical exercises. The "literature search" and "paper editing" segments are hands-on using computers (please bring your own laptops), giving you the opportunity to undertake a small search and editing exercise during the course.

   About the Speakers Top

Dr. Adrian Yap is a Senior Consultant/Prosthodontist at Alexandra Hospital, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Jurong Medical Centre. He is Head Department of Dentistry of Jurong Health, Singapore's new western public healthcare cluster. Dr. Yap is also an Adjunct Professor of the School of Science and Technology, SIM University (UniSIM), an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore (NUS) and a Clinical Associate Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry, NUS. He obtained his BDS degree from NUS in 1991 where he received several awards including the FAC Ohlers Gold Medal for best clinical student and Terrell Silver Medal for distinction in Prosthodontics. Dr. Yap went on to pursue his postgraduate training and graduated from the Institute of Dental Surgery (University of London), where he was conferred the prestigious 3M Dental Postgraduate Prize, with a Masters in Conservative Dentistry in 1993. Dr. Yap obtained his Doctor of Philosophy degree from NUS in 2001 and Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy from the Faculty of Medicine, NUS in 2004. On top of his academic honors, Dr. Yap has also received several teaching, service excellence and research awards in the areas of Dental Materials and Craniofacial Biology. Dr. Yap is known for his expertise in Temporomandibular Disorders, Occlusion and Restorative Dentistry. He lectures world-wide and has authored more than 170 refereed journal articles, 520 conference/seminar papers, several book chapters and patents in these areas. Dr. Yap has an H-index of 33 and a sum citation in excess of 3500. He is a reviewer for many international journals and serves in the editorial boards of several including Operative Dentistry and Current Nanoscience. In partnership with his collaborators, he has secured more than S$1.7 million in research grants when he was in full-time academia.

Dr. Jogikalmat Krithika Datta is the Associate Editor of Journal of Conservative Dentistry since 2008. She is passionate about research and her area of interest is Cariology. She is a member of the European Organization for Caries Research (ORCA). She is a research consultant at the Chennai Dental Research Foundation and is heading the clinical trial funded by ICMR on preventing white spot lesions. She is an invited faculty at research methodology workshops at several institutions. She has many publications in national and international journals. She also has contributions in the Textbook of Endodontics by Dr. Anil Kohli and Grossman's Endodontic practice by Drs. Suresh Chandra and Gopi Krishna. She has presented at various national and international conferences and won awards for best presentations. She has over 50 invited guest lectures to her credit. Honored with the "Best Outgoing Dental Graduate" from Saveetha Dental College in the year 2003, she has won 5 gold medals during her under-graduation. In 2012, she was the recipient of the prestigious "Best Young Dentist Award" instituted by the Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University currently, she is working as a Reader in the Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Chennai.

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