The overarching objectives are for the department to conduct point-of-care research - i.e. research that is firmly rooted in clinical issues - to contribute to an improved understanding of causal conditions, and to reinforce the evidence of the effects of prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The research must therefore be based on an expanded partnership between the odontological disciplines and relevant areas of medical expertise.

Research areas

The department primarily conducts research within the six central areas:

  • Oral disease in the population
    Spread, incidence, causes and prevention
  • Oral ecosystems
    Biofilm, hard tooth tissue, pulp, the development and spread of oral bacteria and its relationship to disease
  • Diagnostic systems and methods
    Imaging systems (primarily radiological) and clinical evaluation
  • Oral bone biology
    Implants, load, regeneration and inflammation
  • Oral function and pain
    Neurophysiology, temporomandibular joint dysfunction
  • Oral rehabilitation
    Dental and oral reconstruction

Research strategy

In order to meet the objectives for the department's efforts in the six central areas, the department will:

  • continue to develop projects in research teams across the department and in collaboration with external national and international partners, with due consideration for the department's main research areas: medical research, translational research and health services research;
  • continue to work to promote joint utilisation of the department's laboratory facilities - by tasking a committee with preparing an overview of available apparatus and methods, for example;
  • through new appointments and further education of the department's laboratory technicians and biomedical students, ensure that qualifications match the current research strategies in full.

Research-based teaching

In accordance with faculty strategy, the department is to ensure that the teaching is based on research. In the opinion of the department, committed compliance with this requirement involves the teacher in question conducting research within his/her teaching area as a primary principle. With a view to maintaining research-based teaching within all odontological subject areas, collaboration on projects at both national and international level is essential.


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