Generating evidence that matters in dentistry

South Texas Oral Health Network

Welcome to the South Texas Oral Health Network! STOHN is a practice-based research network (PBRN) dedicated to developing a research infrastructure for generating practical, timely information that can be used by dental practitioners to enhance the quality and efficacy of oral health care.

STOHN members are dentists practicing in the communities of South Texas. Alongside providing direct patient care, they partner with the Health Science Center to develop and carry out dental research where it really matters – in the offices and clinics.

Investigator Spotlight

Cheryl DavisCheryl Davis
"STOHN's purpose is to examine and evaluate the health care processes that occur in real world practices. It gives us the unique opportunity to give back to our profession and patients."

Current Activities


GOOD NEWS!  Current members of the South Texas Oral Health Network (STOHN) are invited to enroll in the Southwest Region of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network (NDPBRN)! 

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research awarded the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio a seven-year, $4.5 million grant to develop the Southwest Region for the National Dental PBRN (NDPBRN).  The Southwest Region, as 1 of 6 regions nationally, will include dentists from Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico. 

 The NDPBRN will look to bring together practitioners (dentists and dental hygienists) from across the country to answer questions important to you and your patients.

We anticipate our STOHN members being foundational in the development of the national network. You may continue as a member of STOHN whether you enroll in the national network or not.  While we plan on maintaining the separate identity of STOHN, much of our activity will be incorporated into the national network.

 If you join the NDPBRN, you will have the opportunity to:

- Participate in research projects of interest to you, in your own practice with your own patients.

- Be involved with national observational and interventional studies

- Gain free CE credits.

- Be compensated for your time and trouble on select studies.

- Give back to the profession of dentistry.

- Be affiliated with the NDPBRN and the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

There is no cost to join the network. 

To get started simply fill out the required enrollment questionnaire about your professional background, practice, and patients. You can access the questionnaire here by going to this link: 

There are 3 levels of enrollment available to you.  These are:

1. Informational - receives newsletters and correspondence only                                                                                                                       

2. Limited – receives newsletters, correspondence and participates in questionnaires

3. Full- All the Above plus participation in in-office clinicial studies.

Once you enroll you will be contacted by a Regional Coordinator about the next steps.

 We look forward to hearing from you!