Clinical Research


Promising new diagnostics, drugs, materials and techniques are constantly being developed and tested to enhance our oral health. The ultimate test of a new diagnostic test, material or treatment modality takes place in a clinical trial.

 What are Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials are research studies that involve people (volunteers) to answer specific health questions. Such studies are the final step in a long development process. Most of today’s treatments are the result of past clinical trials.

 Once developed, new methods and materials need to be effectively evaluated in clinical trials. Clinical trials provide the comparative evidence of their true-life improvement over existing treatments. Clinical trials are key to good healthcare. Trials are done to answer specific scientific questions and to advance medical knowledge. Through clinical trials researchers can determine whether new treatments are safe, effective and potentially work better than current treatments. That is the way to measure improvement in therapy and how progress in healthcare is made. Only clinical trials deliver the evidence that supports our decision-making in contemporary practice of evidence-based oral health care.


Advanced Clinical Care and Research building

A new building, funded by FEMA, will house the school’s advanced clinical care and research that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The building is nearing completion and will accommodate a state-of-the-art Clinical Research Facility. The building and its clinical facilities are scheduled to be fully functional by March, 2018.

 This has given a major impetus to jumpstart new initiatives in the Dental School focused on clinical and translational oral health research. Recently, several dental school faculty have started investigational clinical research studies under guidance of Dr. Tilly Peters, Clinical Professor and Clinical Research Consultant for the dental school. She brings her international expertise in leading clinical research trials, teams and education on 5 continents to the school. Serving as Co-Principal Investigator she currently mentors clinical faculty teams conducting clinical trials at LSUSD.

 Some of the clinical research is sponsored by the NIH, others by Industry or Private Foundations. Clinical research studies and trials give the research experts new information about how to treat and prevent diseases. By offering clinical trials, LSUHSC School of Dentistry is able to provide optimal care and treatment choices for our patients and the community.


Become a Study Participant / Volunteer

We appreciate your help!

Your participation in clinical research allows dental school faculty and specialists to engage in development and evaluation of new materials and explore techniques for dental practice. Most studies will include free dental examination and involve a compensation for your time. Some will provide free treatments. Our studies usually include subjects in good general health who are meeting the specific study’s requirements. As an individual research study participant, you may or may not benefit from participating in a trial. The answers obtained from clinical trials may offer benefits to future patients and to society.

 Take a look at our list of active trials/clinical research studies, to see if you might be interested to participate as a volunteer in a clinical trial or study at the School of Dentistry. When you take part in a clinical trial you add to our knowledge of dental disease and its treatments, and help to improve dental care for people in the future.


We'd like to connect with you!

To find out if you are a good match for a study currently enrolling new volunteers, please contact our Clinical Research Coordinator by calling 985-817-9599 (cell) or 504-941-8018 (office) or via email at kdufr2@lsuhsc.edu .



Thank you for your interest

in helping with clinical and oral health research at LSUHSC School of Dentistry.


We need your help today for better oral healthcare tomorrow.




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