The Craniofacial Research Instrumentation Laboratory is devoted exclusively to clinical research into the effects of therapeutic interventions designed to correct dentofacial malocclusions and craniofacial malformations by orthodontic and/or surgical means. Its long-range objective is to improve the quality of care for malocclusions and craniofacial anomalies by rigorous quantitative analysis of the effects of treatment or of failure to treat. It has four primary areas of focus:

  1. The conduct of clinical studies of treated patients and untreated control subjects using the best available sampling and measurement techniques.
  2. The development of improved systems, both physical and conceptual, for the conduct of clinical studies.
  3. The construction of shareable electronic databases and image bases for the dissemination of information derived from our own studies and from the investigations of others.
  4. The education and training of a cadre of investigators with skills focused on the needs of clinical research in the craniofacial region.

The goal of these enterprises is to create better future conditions for "evidence-based orthodontic practice."


Craniofacial Research Instrumentation Laboratory (CRIL)
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Department of Orthodontics
155 Fifth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Fax: 415.749.3331