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). Questions to the group can be sent to

Dr. Kang Ko, Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontics, is the VBRS Faculty Advisor; reach out to him at

Vernon Brightman Research Society Newsletter

The PDM Explorer highlights students’ research accomplishments, past and upcoming events, and student and faculty interviews. The bi-annual newsletter serves as a resource to students interested in research as it contains important information and dates on a number of programs. We are proud to share student and faculty research through the publication.

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