Human Research

Clinical Core (C-COHR) - Center for Oral Health Research


Dr. Renata Leite                                               

Dr. Carlos Salinas                                             


Lynn West                                              


MUSC - James B. Edward College of Dental Medicine (CDM) - 5th Floor
MUSC -  SCTR Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) - 2nd Floor of the Clinical Sciences Building (CSB).



The mission of the Clinical Core is to foster clinical and translational research within the CDM and MUSC; to engage more CDM faculty members in clinical and translational research; to facilitate sharing of resources and expertise; to provide an outpatient dental clinical research capacity to support all university projects; and to facilitate the grant application process for clinical investigators; therefore, improving the oral health outcomes of the population of South Carolina through discoveries translated into community service.

The CDM 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 and community-based research.

The specialized C-COHR clinical staff consists of a licensed and calibrated research hygienist, a dental assistant, and an experienced program coordinator with training in community-based research. C-COHR staff is highly experienced and trained in making complex research observations and performing precise collections of specimens / data while offering exemplary patient care.


Consultations and services are available to anyone. See website for the proposal review process.