Dental Medicine Responder Training Office

The Dental Medicine Responder Training (DMRT) Office, College of Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), performs theory and policy research supporting the role of the dental profession in first responder and health security capacities. The DMRT Office has three primary objectives: 1) identify pathways to continue advancing the role of dental professionals in supporting disaster and pandemic response efforts of local responder teams, 2) assist in developing the associated policy changes needed to facilitate this involvement, and 3) research emerging dental anthropologic, forensic, and biometric standards and technologies that have the potential for use in first responder and health security activities.

Dental professionals serve in civilian and military first responder capacities during natural disasters, man-made (anthropogenic) disasters, and pandemic events, assisting various investigative and law enforcement agencies when processing missing people and identifying anthropological remains. Furthermore, dental professionals are able to utilize their unique diagnostic skill sets during forensic dental, oral, and facial data gathering and analysis for first responder activities. As such, dentists are uniquely positioned at the forefront of emerging biometric and forensic standards and technologies for these purposes, and can play a critical role in first responder and health security efforts.

The DMRT Office assists various University of Illinois, Illinois State, and Federal agencies, facilitating dental research consistent with the Illinois Dental Practice Act (2006 Original Act; 2015 Amendments) and the 2013 Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA). DMRT faculty work in collaboration with faculty from the UIC College of Pharmacy Forensic Science Program and the UIC School of Public Health Emergency Management and Continuity Planning Program, and with members of the UIC Police Department. Additionally, we collaborate with a number of local, state, and national organizations, including: the DuPage County Health Department, the Security Working Group of the Illinois Medical District (IMD), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF), the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS), and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD). DMRT also assists the McHenry County Coroner's Office in anthropologic and forensic dentistry cases. 

DMRT is also working to ensure the digital generated dental, oral, and facial data packets produced by next generation technologies will maintain secure targeting, acquisition, transmission, and movement, without interference and/or modification. This work is carried out in support of the American Dental Association (ADA) Standards Committee, the American National Standards Institute/National Institute of Standards and Technologies (ANSI/NIST)-Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) Working Group, and the ANSI Accredited Standards Committee (ASC Z136).

Contact Us

DMRT Office
UIC College of Dentistry (MC 838)
801 South Paulina Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612

Michael D. Colvard Eva K. Nabuufu Benjamin J. Vesper
Director & Professor Finance and Research Coordinator Project Manager & Research Assistant Professor
Room 569B Room 569B Room 569D
(312) 413-5631 (312) 413-5631 (312) 996-0050