Gary Bouloux, MD, DDS, credits the OMS Foundation for jump starting his research career. In 2010, he received a Foundation Research Support Grant for his project A Comparison of Hyaluronic Acid and Corticosteroid for Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD).
“This really was the beginning of my research career and having learnt so many things from this one experience I now find myself well versed in clinical research methodology and grant writing,” he said. “None of this would have been possible without the OMS Foundation taking a chance on funding my project despite a lack of research experience.”
Dr. Bouloux’s research on TMD came from the first Clinical Trials Course in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “This enabled me to start a project that was clinically very important,” he said.
The multicenter study involved five universities, multiple investigators, 102 subjects, and an FDA Investigational Device Exemption. The research has been completed and two manuscripts are slated for publication in the January, 2017 edition of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Bouloux is a Board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and an Associate Professor, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine. He believes research can change clinical practice.
“My clinical practice has changed as a result of the research and I hope that it will change clinical practice for many other colleagues. This is the very essence of research in which clinical practice changes as new knowledge is obtained,” he said.
Research is critical to the success of the specialty. Dr. Bouloux says that the oral and maxillofacial surgery specialty lags behind other specialties in research and stresses the importance of research to continue to advance the science and practice of OMS.
“This is only possible with translational and clinical research, both of which require enthusiastic researchers and a means of funding that research. We simply have to make a commitment to this to ensure our future success,” he said.
A long time donor, Dr. Bouloux recently made a $25,000 pledge to the Foundation. His gift will help the Foundation to be able to continue funding the research and education so essential to the specialty’s future. He encourages others to make a gift to support the Foundation.
“It just seems like the right thing to do. Just as the OMS Foundation gave me a start, so they must do the same for another young investigator and that requires the continuing ability of the Foundation to provide grants. Hopefully my gift will help in some small way to continue this vital endeavor,” he says.