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C-COHR: Clinical Core

The Clinical component of the C-COHR encompasses space and support for researchers interested in conducting clinical oral health research. 

Oral Research Clinics are located on the 5th floor of the new James B. Edward College of Dental Medicine (CDM) Dental Clinical Education Building and the second floor of the Clinical Science Building, within the MUSC Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC). Utilization of the CTRC facility allows C-COHR to support interdisciplinary research projects as well. Facilities include treatment operatories equipped with computers for data entry and patient education, a separate room for anthropometrics and vital signs collection, as well as for biological specimens collection (i.e. blood) and short-term storage as required by some research protocols. The new James B. Edward College of Dental Medicine is equipped with state of the art central sterilization.

The College of Dental Medicine has formal agreements signed with two local community outreach dental clinics: the Our Lady of Mercy Outreach Community Dental Clinic in Johns’ Island and the East of the Cooper Community Outreach Dental Clinic in Mount Pleasant that can be used as off-site facilities to facilitate patient/participant recruitment.

The specialized C-COHR staff consists of a certified and calibrated research hygienist, a dental assistant, and an experienced program coordinator. C-COHR staff are highly experienced and trained in making complex research observations and performing precise collections of specimens / data while offering exemplary patient care. C-COHR staff services are available to assist investigators in conducting protocols as approved by the IRB. In addition, all protocols conducted through the C-COHR require review and approval by the C-COHR directors.

Clinical services:

  • Comprehensive oral health examinations, provided by calibrated, trained and certified research hygienists;
  • Biological samples collection, process, and distribution for laboratory analysis;
  • Biological samples collection, process, and bank for future studies;
  • Performance of specialized biological assays on biological samples, as required by different clinical protocols, such as fingerstick blood draw for glucose reading;
  • Medication administration and/or dispensing as required by different clinical protocols;
  • Vital signs collection, including, height, weight, pulse, blood pressure, temperature and any other body measurement as required by the different clinical protocols;
  • Off-site visits;
  • Questionnaire administration by trained and certified research staff;
  • Patient education by trained and certified research staff;
  • Digital intraoral radiographs;
  • Assistance with patient/participant recruitment;
  • Assistance with Institutional Review Board (IRB) application;
  • Assistance with budget development.

The C-COHR is open to any MUSC investigator. All studies conducted through the C-COHR must have IRB approval prior to implementation. C-COHR must have access to IRB approved documents, such as study protocol, personnel form, informed consent and HIPAA forms. This process may be facilitated by giving C-COHR program coordinator access through the online IRB system. Investigators may also submit IRB approved documents via e-mail or campus mail.

Please contact C-COHR prior to grant submission to discuss the protocol, C-COHR staff needed and budgeting for the specific needs of your project.


Ozlem Yilmaz, DDS. PhD - Director
Director, Center for Oral Health Clinical Research
Department of Oral Health Sciences

Lynn West, Program Coordinator

Theresa Vanderhorst, Dental Assistant