Clinical Research & Evidence Based Practice -
Dr. Rugh has 30 years of clinical research experience. His experiences range from single subject and case series studies to large scale multi-center randomized clinical trials. He served as PI on one of the NIDCR large multi-center clinical trials comparing wire vs. rigid fixation in mandibular advancement surgery. This ten-year clinical trial involved the coordination of 18 surgeons, examiners, and data management personnel at three sights (San Antonio, Gainesville, and Atlanta). His research has involved studies exploring the pathophysiology of dental conditions, as well as studies clarifying the mechanisms of therapeutic effects. These investigations have involved over 40 IRB protocols and 70 clinical investigators have resulted in 17 book chapters and over 300 published articles and abstracts.
As Director of Research for the Dental School at San Antonio (1991-1997), he established multiple Faculty Research Development Programs and an NIH-funded Student Research Training Program.
Dr. Rugh's current research interest is in science transfer and diffusion of Innovation. He has establishing a school-wide comprehensive Evidence-Based Practice Program and an Academic Detailing Program. This research was supported by a four-year NIH R25 Education Research Grant to implement and evaluate this innovative educational initiative. This award winning program is currently supported by a HRSA grant.