UFCD Clinical Research


The University of Florida’s Academic Health Center and the College of Dentistry is committed to developing and expanding clinical research involving patients and other participants. The intent of clinical research is to explore the effectiveness and safety of medication, devices, diagnostic products and treatment regimens, which can lead to improved oral health care.

The college’s clinical research endeavors encompass areas such as: patient care, disease prevention, oral/microbiology, biomaterials, and immunology. The college continues to focus on identifying service areas that provide resources for clinical and translational research needs in the community.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Definition of Clinical and/or Human Subject Research. Determining the type of clinical research being proposed or conducted can be complex. The NIH website provides a detailed definition and categorization for clinical studies. These definitions are commonly adopted by the university.

Dental Clinical Research Unit  The DCRU provides space and resources for dental investigators and other collaborators. Services include: assistance with in-vitro studies, pharmacology, microbiology, diagnostic methodology and data collection/management. The DCRU is staffed with study coordinators and dental assistants that provide expertise in clinical study development and implementation. Located on the first floor of the dental school, the DCRU has multiple operatories, a lab, and a conference area.

In order to track compliance, the college requires that all sponsored and resident clinical research is vetted through the DCRU staff.   The staff ensures all required documents are accurate, and confirms that the principal investigator has access to the necessary resources to complete the study. The college also requires that clinical research projects involving patient care are tracked in the AxiUm clinical management system. In addition to meeting compliance requirements, research projects established in AxiUm give a research team the ability to collect data involving participants and treatments.

Introducing the New UF Office of Clinical Research
The UF Office of Clinical Research, in conjunction with the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute, was formed to provide holistic services for the implementation of all clinical and/or human subject research. For more information visit the OCR website:  http://www.clinicalresearch.ctsi.ufl.edu/

The Health Science Center’s Research Administration and Compliance  (RAC) has oversight for clinical research studies performed on behalf of the University of Florida. The RAC office reviews all clinical studies at the proposal stage, and then performs a compliance audit once the study is closed. The staff in the DCRU can assist investigators with RAC document requirements.

UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) The University of Florida’s CTSI develops research support strategy and executes that strategy to improve the clinical and translational science environment at the university. It also supports the development of clinical, laboratory and population-based science, while supporting researchers, trainees and community members in their efforts to accelerate discoveries toward better health. The CTSI website reflects the many resources available to faculty, staff and students conducting clinical research.

Find a research study  For individuals interested in finding or participating in a research study, the CTSI provides a searchable database with contact information. The CTSI’s Study Connect site provides a resource for researchers who need assistance with recruitment.

ClinicalTrials.gov “ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of publically and privately supported studies of human participants conducted around the world.”   Most human research studies conducted at UF are required to register with ClinicalTrials.gov. For more information, contact the RAC office.

Dental Research Informatics  AxiUm patient data is available to faculty for research purposes.  For more information, click link.