Increasing evidence of the strong links between oral health and disease and a range of medical conditions, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, makes understanding the causes of and developing new approaches for the prevention, detection and treatment of oral disease of high importance in clinical medicine and public health as well as in dentistry.
Our oral health and disease research brings together laboratory scientists, health service researchers and practitioners enabled by a strong collaborative, interdisciplinary approach, to drive translational research into:
oral cancer; periodontitis detection and treatment; oral anaesthetics; salivary gland disease; oral tissue engineering; bone replacement; improved delivery of dental health services and; addressing oral health inequality.
Delivery of our research and work with external partners is facilitated by our:
- portfolio of unique cell/tissue model technologies
- expertise in systems biology, medical statistics and clinical trials (Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit)
- close partnership with genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics researchers from our cross-cutting diagnostics research theme
- strong working relationship with our interdisciplinary community, primary care and health services research teams from our public health research theme.
Oral health services research (Professor Liz Kay, Dr Mona Nasser) – public oral health, clinical practice, dental education and oral health inequality research including systematic reviews, research priority setting methodology, clinical decision making in dental environment and evidence based dentistry.
3D tissue engineering and biocompatibility (Dr Vehid Salih) – development of functional replacement tissues and in vitro models for craniofacial tissue disease research, including oral mucosa and oral cancer.
Professor Liz Kay
Professor Bing Hu
Professor of Oral Biology (Research)
Dr Vehid Salih
Associate Professor (Reader) in Oral & Dental Health Research
Dr Louise Belfield
Associate Professor of Biomedical and Oral Health Sciences (Education)
Dr Zoe Brookes
Associate Professor of Dental Education and Research
Dr Mona Nasser
Professor in Clinical Epidemiology and Oral Health Research
Professor Christopher Tredwin
Professor of Restorative Dentistry & Head of Peninsula Dental School
Professor Simon Jackson
Dr Andrew Foey
Associate Professor of Immunology
University of Plymouth Peninsula Dental School
Dentistry with University of Plymouth offers exceptional clinical learning, strong social engagement and world class research.
For more information about our oral health and disease research please contact the research leads indicated for specific areas of interest.
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