Research Advisory Committee

Mission: The goal of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) is to foster quality and innovative research activity that ultimately supports state-of-the art and evidence-based patient care, leading UKCD research towards national and international recognition.
The RAC will meet the second Monday of every month for 1–1 ½ hours. Anyone in the college (student, faculty, or staff) is welcome to attend. Meetings will provide an environment for engagement and open discussion. Examples of opportunities to support the research environment of the College of Dentistry are:
  • Develop an internal grant review process to assist investigators in seeking external funding
  • Establishing mentoring opportunities for young/junior investigators
  • Provide recommendations to the Dean regarding the funding of resident and DMD research-related travel and/or research project funding
  • Assist and advise in the promotion of research activities around the college, such as CCTS Student Research Day, Implant Symposium and others.
  • Oversee Research Track Programs and small DMD research grants within the college
  • Aid in the development of future DMD-PhD, DMD-MS and PhD programs within the college

Committee Members

  • Luciana Shaddox (Chair), Faculty, Associate Dean of Research    
  • Octavio Gonzalez, Faculty, Periodontics
  • James K. Hartsfield, Faculty, Orthodontics
  • Craig Miller, Faculty, Diagnostic Radiology
  • Lorri Morford, Faculty, Orthodontics
  • Howard Roberts, Faculty, Director of Graduate Students
  • Dawn Dawson, Staff, Patient Clinic Recruitment Representative


The RAC meets the second Monday of every month, noon–1 pm, unless otherwise noted.

Minutes of Previous Meetings


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