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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 61

Dental research in India: Challenges and opportunities


International Editorial Board Member, Journal of Dental Research and Review; Editor in Chief, Indian Journal of Dental Research; Former President, Dental Council of India, India

Date of Web Publication20-Jul-2015

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Anil Kohli
International Editorial Board Member, Journal of Dental Research and Review; Editor in Chief, Indian Journal of Dental Research; Former President, Dental Council of India
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2348-2915.161201

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Kohli A. Dental research in India: Challenges and opportunities. J Dent Res Rev 2015;2:61

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Kohli A. Dental research in India: Challenges and opportunities. J Dent Res Rev [serial online] 2015 [cited 2019 Oct 23];2:61. Available from: http://www.jdrr.org/text.asp?2015/2/2/61/161201

The search for truth in science is known as research. No profession can evolve and grow but for the efforts of a select few torchbearers who have the ability to see what everyone see and think, what no one has ever thought. Dental research is of paramount importance in order to improve mankind's ability to preserve and conserve humanity's oral health.

India being a nation of more than a billion people has both the challenge to keep dentistry affordable and reachable and the opportunity to contribute immensely to global research in a meaningful manner. In my opinion, every challenge gives us the opportunity to make things better and in this regard, our population that everyone considers to be a great challenge can be made into a great opportunity for research.

In the hierarchy of impact of dental research, a randomized controlled clinical trial is considered to be the most significant one. The number of colleges that our country has along with the thousands of postgraduate students actively doing their dissertations makes it a fertile ground for us to translate this into a research powerhouse.

I urge the apex bodies of our profession especially the Dental Council of India to create a task force that would guide all the medical and dental universities to formulate guidelines and support groups to facilitate qualitative research and not quantitative research. A national central database should be created that would facilitate inter-disciplinary and multicentric clinical research. This would also go a long way in ensuring prevention of duplication of study models and improve the publishability of dental research. In the end, research that does not get published is of no relevance and clinical practices that are not backed by sound dental research would not make any credible difference in the quality of clinical care that we practice.

The future of India is bright and that of Indian dentistry is ever more so if we back our own clinical and research capabilities to thrust Indian contribution to Global Dentistry in the rightful manner.

Jai Hind




 

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