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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 176-177
Journal of Conservative Dentistry Scientific Research Course 2015

Associate Editor, Journal of Conservative Dentistry

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Date of Web Publication12-Mar-2015

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Suresh N. Journal of Conservative Dentistry Scientific Research Course 2015. J Conserv Dent 2015;18:176-7

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Suresh N. Journal of Conservative Dentistry Scientific Research Course 2015. J Conserv Dent [serial online] 2015 [cited 2022 Aug 13];18:176-7. Available from:

Effective research: From conception to delivery

Trainer: Prof. Adrian Yap, PhD, MSc, BDS, Grad Dip Psychotherapy, FAMS

Course Coordinator: Dr. Jogikalmat Krithikadatta, Associate Editor, J Conserv Dent

Date: Wednesday, 28th October, 2015

Time: 9.00 am-6.00 pm

Venue: Thai Moogambigai Dental College, Chennai, India

   Synopsis Top

Research is the detailed study of a subject, especially to discover new information or reach a new understanding. It is the continual search for truth using the scientific method and a requisite for providing better healthcare. Although research is an essential part of many healthcare institutions and graduate programs, many clinicians lack the important research skills and knowledge required to succeed in their professional and academic careers. Research is generally complex to carry out and requires many diverse skills. While some skills are procedural or organizational in nature, others require strategic and critical thinking. In addition to achieving proficiency in various skills, clinicians must be able to integrate them or fail to produce the desired or intended outcome for their research.

This 1-day course is designed to introduce the core skills and processes needed to carry out good quality research successfully; from research idea conception to research results delivery. Research is of little value unless it is shared with the professional community for the benefit of all. Scientific publications, especially in reputable journals, are the most pragmatic way of communicating research results. Regrettably, scientific writing is not every clinician's favorite activity and getting a paper published can be a very arduous, tedious, and time-consuming procedure. The program is divided into four modules with special emphasis on the seven steps to effective scientific writing and publishing. Writing scientific papers may not be as hard as many people are led to believe. It is the research skill that you can learn and develop with practice, time, and the "write" attitude.

Topics covered in the modules include:

Module 1: Understanding research

  • Research Defined
  • ASK (Attitude, Skills, and Knowledge) for Research
  • The Scientific Method
  • Research Process

Module 2: Designing the research plan

  • Formulating Research Questions
  • Searching the Literature
  • Refining the Research Question
  • Planning the Study
  • Writing the Protocol

Module 3: Implementing the research plan

  • Obtaining Ethics Approval and Funding
  • Piloting the Methodology and Project Management
  • Collecting the Data
  • Analyzing the Data

Module 4: Communicating the research results

  • Scientific Writing and Publishing

Course objectives

  • To understand research and the research process
  • To review the scientific method
  • To identify good research ideas
  • To design a sound research plan
  • To implement the research plan efficiently
  • To write and publish effectively

   Course methods Top

All modules incorporate eclectic learning methods; including lectures, videos, group discussions, peer-teaching, and practical exercises. The "literature search" and "paper editing" segments are hands-on using computers (please bring your own laptops), giving you the opportunity to undertake a small search and editing exercise during the course.

   About the speaker Top

Dr. Adrian Yap is a Senior Consultant/Prosthodontist at Alexandra Hospital, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Jurong Medical Centre. He is Head Department of Dentistry of Jurong Health, Singapore's new western public healthcare cluster. He is also an Adjunct Professor of the School of Science and Technology, SIM University (UniSIM); an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore (NUS); and a Clinical Associate Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry, NUS. He obtained his BDS degree from NUS in 1991, where he received several awards including the FAC Ohlers Gold Medal for best clinical student and Terrell Silver Medal for distinction in Prosthodontics. He went on to pursue his postgraduate training and graduated from the Institute of Dental Surgery (University of London), where he was conferred the prestigious 3M Dental Postgraduate Prize, with a Masters in Conservative Dentistry in 1993. He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy degree from NUS in 2001 and Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy from the Faculty of Medicine, NUS in 2004. On top of his academic honors, He has also received several teaching, service excellence, and research awards in the areas of Dental Materials and Craniofacial Biology. He is known for his expertise in Temporomandibular Disorders, Occlusion, and Restorative Dentistry. He lectures worldwide and has authored more than 170 refereed journal articles, 520 conference/seminar papers, several book chapters, and patents in these areas. He is a reviewer for many international journals and serves in the editorial boards of several; including Operative Dentistry, Current Nanoscience, and Journal of Conservative Dentistry.

For more details contact our program coordinator:

Correspondence Address:
Nandini Suresh
Associate Editor, Journal of Conservative Dentistry

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