UCSF's Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health Welcomes New Data Coordinating Center Director
UCSF Professor Steve Gregorich, PhD, BA took over on October 1 as director of the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) at UCSF’s Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health (CAN DO). Dr. Gregorich is replacing Stuart A. Gansky, MS, DrPH, who recently became CAN DO director.
Dr. Jing Cheng, PhD, MD, MS, and Margaret “Peggy” Rasmussen, MPH, will remain as DCC Associate Director and DCC Project Manager, respectively.
"Steve, who has been part of CAN DO since its founding in 2000, brings years of experience to his new role," said Dr. Gansky. "In the DCC, he will oversee a multidisciplinary team that is helping to collect and monitor information on multiple, randomized prevention trials based at three different universities across the country. These trials are focused on preventing early childhood tooth decay in high risk populations, and the DCC provides key resources to them."
Dr. Gregorich possesses eighteen years of collaborative experience in public health research targeting diverse populations in the U.S. and internationally. He has served as an investigator, principal statistician, and statistical mentor for more than sixty largely federally-funded centers, projects, and career development awards. Dr. Gregorich holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He has leveraged his professional interests in research design, measurement, and applied statistics to focus on risk factors, prevention, and health behaviors via randomized trials, quasi-experiments, and longitudinal observation studies.
"I look forward to working with all the researchers and staff involved in the trials taking place at the Early Childhood Caries Collaborative Centers," said Dr. Gregorich. "I am very aware of the contributions of all our team members, and I want to express my sincere appreciation for their dedication and effort."
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) funds the Early Childhood Caries Collaborative Centers known as EC4, which includes UCSF, Boston University, and the University of Colorado at Denver. The EC4 collaborative is engaged in research comparing ways to prevent dental caries in children and efforts to integrate and implement current scientific understanding across a variety of primary care and social service settings. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) tapped UCSF to house the DCC for the three centers.
Principal investigators (PIs) affiliated with UCSF are involved in several developmental projects and one main study that utilizes the DCC resources. These include a biostatistical mediation modeling study by Dr. Jing Cheng, a metagenomic study by Dr. Ling Zhan, a salt fluoridation study by Dr. Judith Barker, an oral health promotion study targeting pregnant women and their children by Dr. Lisa Chung, and a randomized prevention trial of glass ionomer sealants and fluoride varnish by UCLA PI Dr. Francisco Ramos-Gomez and Dr. Gansky.
CAN DO is funded by a 7-year, $24 million cooperative agreement with the NIH through the NIDCR.
This work was funded by the NIH through the NIDCR Grant U54 DE19285.