Dental software becomes a strong asset for research institutions

December 2nd, 2013

Dental academic software tools can help universities around the U.S. gain access to new research opportunities that lead to improvements in industry technology.

Many oral health programs invest heavily in their research departments to attract students interested in receiving valuable hands-on experience before they graduate and enter the professional workforce. An academic institution with advanced technology and a wide support net for high-quality research has the ability to leverage these characteristics to attract star talent and improve student retention rates in the long run. Finding the money necessary to fund these initiatives is often a challenge – especially as many public universities struggle to obtain money from state governments that are seeking to balance their budgets. Once these initiatives are properly financed, administrators can ensure ongoing operational costs are as low as possible by implementing advanced dental software to streamline the information gathering process.

Opportunities for funding
Various organizations around the nation offer substantial monetary incentives for academic institutions interested in expanding their capacity for cutting-edge research. According to the industry publishing network DentistryIQ, Align Technology, a private company that produces invisible orthodontics tools, recently announced it will be providing funding for schools in North America that perform research in the field of alignment therapy for a fifth consecutive year. The company has also provided monetary rewards for international institutions for four years. By offering $25,000 in grant money, Align Technology said it hopes to fund real results that have a significant impact on industry practices in the professional world.

"The success of the previous research award programs has been seen through publications in scientific journals and presentations at society congresses. We believe scientific research has a positive effect on clear aligner acceptance in international markets, so we're pleased to increase the international award pool for 2014," Mitra Derakhshan, Align Technology's director of clinical international, told DentistryIQ.

The process for completing university research has changed in recent years. Advancements in technology have broken down many of the barriers that once stood in the way of collaboration. Instead of working exclusively within the limits of a specific institution, universities can now maximize their resources by applying for more grants, partnering with other schools and easily sharing information between a growing number of stakeholders. Research and Markets, an international agency that compiles data on a wide variety of industries, recently announced the creation of a new publication that makes it easier for institutions around the world to better understand the current state of oral health technology. Investments in dental academic software can further enhance this visibility by creating more efficient ways to compile industry information and share it with partners – regardless of physical location.

Dental universities around the nation are constantly looking for ways to fortify their existing programs and attract new students in an increasingly competitive market. One of the most reliable strategies for maintaining strong retention rates is to invest in advanced research technology. Students may be more likely to complete their graduation requirements if they become personally interested in participating with ongoing research initiatives.

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