Center for Clinical Research

Mission: Promote collaboration between basic and clinical scientists to translate research findings from the bench to chairside; foster critical thinking and lifelong learning.

The CCR will:

  • provide clinical researchers with access to patients for studies of oral conditions and diseases, as well as oral complications of systemic diseases;
  • facilitate collection of tissue specimens from the oral cavity including saliva, pellicle, scalpel and brush biopsies and swabs of oral mucosa.

For more information, please contact Dr. Judith Jones at

* The CCR has received partial support for its operations from the CTSI.


Dr. Judith Jones appointed as Director of the Center for Clinical Research

Dr. Judith Jones appointed as Director of the Center for Clinical Research. Dr. Jones will retain her current position as Chair of the Department of General Dentistry.

The Center for Clinical Research will play a key role in achieving the GSDM’s objective to become a leader in clinical and translational research in dental medicine and oral healthcare. As Director of the Center, Dr. Jones will be responsible for clinical operations including directly supervising and ensuring the professional development of staff, students, residents and junior faculty, ensuring patient and staff satisfaction and collaborating with the administration and clinical investigators on a model of optimal oral healthcare delivery in a research setting. In addition, Dr. Jones will be responsible for the fiscal management of the Center and collaborate closely with other departments at GSDM, the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and function as the liaison for the CTSI at the School of Medicine.

In addition to her roles at GSDM, Dr. Jones is an associate professor at Boston University School of Public Health. She joined GSDM in 1991 after holding a faculty position at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Her research interests involve oral health-related quality-of-life oral-systemic relationships, health services research on variations in care, and the effectiveness of fluoride in preventing caries in medically complex patients.

Dr. Jones received her DDS in 1978 and MPH in 1981 from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She completed a CAGS in 2000 and a DScD in Dental Public Health in 2002 from GSDM. She also holds a certificate in dental hygiene from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and board certifications from the American Board of Dental Public Health and the American Board of Special Care in Dentistry. She is a Board Member-elect of the American Board of Dental Public Health and has been a member of the Medical Staff at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA since 1983.

Among many other assignments, Dr. Jones participated on strategic planning committees at GSDM from 2005-6 and 2009-10 and is an ethical fitness trainer for the School. She has published and presented extensively and is on the Editorial Boards of the Journals of the American Dental Association and Public Health Dentistry. She served on the Board of Directors of Delta Dental of Massachusetts’ Oral Health Foundation.

In 2009, Dr. Jones received the American Dental Education Association’s Gies Award for Innovation and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry Service Award. In 2007, she received the Distinguished Scientist Award in Geriatric Oral Research from the IADR.