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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 121
Need to encourage the basic dental science


Executive Editor, Indian Journal of Dental Research, Director and Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Date of Web Publication12-Jun-2017
 

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Balaji S M. Need to encourage the basic dental science. Indian J Dent Res 2017;28:121

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Balaji S M. Need to encourage the basic dental science. Indian J Dent Res [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Oct 29];28:121. Available from: https://www.ijdr.in/text.asp?2017/28/2/121/207790


The recent editorial in Nature has indicated that basic science research, especially in surgical specialties is on the downhill. They have noted that as years pass fewer surgeons apply for and receive grants. Consequently, they publish less. This trend has reached dangerous proportion to that they feel research is not part of their role–academic or professional one.[1]

The recent trend is worrisome and needs to be viewed with caution. Such a trend should not be allowed to percolate into Indian dental scenario too. More and more dental surgeons need to undertake research in India-specific topics, apply and access grants and produce more reliable and quality papers.[2] In this regard, the International Association for Dental Research–Indian Division along with Asia-Pacific Regional Organization has recently conducted a meeting to promote and strengthen the research infrastructure. This is the first step for us to develop a concrete, structured research solution, which is specific to dentistry.[3] This issue has the abstracts of all the research work presented in this meeting. Hopefully, such workshop is one of the many that will help the Indian Dental Researchers to develop quality work.

The advance of any medical specialty rests with the newer therapies and modalities that minimizes morbidity, ensures better healing at an economical rate as well as provides a better prognosis than existing treatment modalities. This holds true to dentistry too. The volume of Indian dental research, though high, it needs more quality one. Ibelieve thatISDRwill have a larger role to play in coming days too. To consolidate the goals, I call on all dental researchers to be a part of the forthcoming X World Congress on Preventive Dentistry and the Annual Meeting of the ISDR shortly to be held in NewDelhi.



 
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More surgeons must start doing basic science. Nature 2017;544:393-4.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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BalajiSM. Dental research: Present to future. Indian J Dent Res 2013;24:651-2.  Back to cited text no. 2
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BalajiSM. The need for international collaborative effort in Indian dental research. Indian J Dent Res 2017;28:2.  Back to cited text no. 3
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S M Balaji
Executive Editor, Indian Journal of Dental Research, Director and Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/ijdr.IJDR_275_17

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