Dr. Michele Bergen, an associate professor at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, has just cleared Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for a study of the prevalence of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in dentists. We are sharing details on how you can volunteer for this important study below.
Volunteers Needed for Antibody Study in NYC Dentists and Hygienists
All of us have been affected by the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Many questions exist about our safety and the changes that we need to make to our personal protective equipment (PPE).
Most dentists closed their offices on March 16th. Since then, only emergency care has been performed, and with enhanced PPE such as an N95 mask. During the first 2 weeks of March, there were asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic patients receiving dental care. At the time, we were wearing standard OSHA protocol PPE for dental care.
For this study, we are looking to gather information about the prevalence of antibodies in dentists and hygienists working full time in NYC (all 5 boroughs) during the first 2 weeks of March. There are two ways we will be gathering the data. If you have been tested with a blood draw antibody screen, you can upload your results as part of the survey. If you have not been tested, testing can be arranged for you, at no charge, at Columbia Dental School. The results will be made available to you after a few days.
If you think you are a candidate for this study, please complete this survey
. If you had a test done, please have your antibody results ready for attachment. There is no monetary compensation for this study. The study is IRB approved.
For any questions, please contact Dr. Michele Bergen.
Michele Bergen, DMD, MD, FACS