Community Based

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


Dr. Renata Leite, Co-Director

Carlos Salinas, Co-Director

Elizabeth Hill, Co-Director

Contact Information:    

Lynn West, Program Coordinator


MUSC - James B. Edward College of Dental Medicine (CDM) - 5th Floor



The Center for Oral Health Research – Clinical Core (C-COHR) helps to stimulate new research discoveries through community-based research, facilitating the translation and adoption of new research findings into the community settings.  Our services engage academic-community partnerships, transforming oral health care and eliminating oral health disparities in our communities; as well as establishing mechanisms to sustain the progress of community-based initiatives.

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.