Vernon Brightman Research Society
The Vernon Brightman Research Society (VBRS), named in honor of Vernon J. Brightman, former Penn Dental Medicine faculty member and strong supporter of student research, is the primary student research organization at Penn Dental. Since its inception, VBRS has helped numerous students find their niche in research at the School as it aims to promote interest, participation, and appreciation of the basic and clinical oral health research that keep dentistry a science and research-based profession.
The VBRS is Penn Dental Medicine’s chapter of the American Association for Dental Research AADR National Student Research Group (NSRG).
AADR National Student Research Group
The AADR National Student Research Group is a student-run organization whose main purpose is to foster an environment in every dental school whereby students interested in enriching their dental education through research are encouraged to do so. It is composed of a network of self-governing local student research group (SRG) chapters at each dental school and is led nationally by officers elected through a majority of votes from all members.
External agencies and other Penn centers as resources for possible research opportunities and funding:
- Forsyth Institute
- Agency for Health Research and Quality
- CDC Division of Oral Health
- Department of Defense
- The Pew Charitble Trusts
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation