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News from the College
PEARL Network Appoints Practitioner Advisory Group
Will Help Develop Five Clinical Trial Protocols in 2006

The NYU PEARL (Practitioners Engaged in Applied Research and Learning) Network, a $26.7 million, NIH-funded "practice-based" research network, has appointed a Practitioner Advisory Group to help identify and develop five research proposals to be implemented as clinical trial protocols in 2006. These will be the first of 15 to 20 protocols to be implemented over the grantís seven-year period. The Practitioner Advisory Group will review over 200 proposals and select those that most closely meet the PEARL Networkís mission to expand the evidence base in dentistry by addressing key patient-care problems routinely encountered by dentists in private practice.

The Practitioner Advisory Group members include Clinical Assistant Professor of Cariology and Comprehensive Care Dr. Gary Berkowitz, a general practitioner in East Meadow, New York; Clinical Assistant Professor of Cariology and Comprehensive Care Dr. Irene Brandes, a Manhattan dentist specializing in esthetic restorations; Dr. Kenneth Goldberg, a Cliffside Park, New Jersey, general practitioner; Dr. David A. Hamlin, founder of Contract Dental Evaluations, a Langhorne, Pennsylvania, esthetic dental practice and clinical research facility; Clinical Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology & Medicine Dr. Analia Veitz-Keenan, a Brooklyn general practitioner; Dr. Robert Margolin, a private practitioner in the Bronx, Director of the General Practice Residency Program at St. Barnabas Hospital, and member of the board of the New York State Academy of General Dentistry; and Dr. Kay Oen, a Port Chester, New York, private practitioner who recently completed two terms as National Trustee of the Academy of General Dentistry. For more on the Practitioner Advisory Group and to learn how to become a PEARL Network practitioner, please visit the PEARL Network Web site at www.pearlnetwork.org.