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A new centre dedicated to improving dental care and our understanding of oral disease through world-class research has been opened at the Newcastle Dental Hospital.

The new director of the Dental Clinical Research Facility, Professor Philip Preshaw said; “These new specialised facilities have the latest equipment including operating microscopes for advanced surgical procedures and will allow us to run cutting-edge research and clinical trials.

"We now have the ability to focus on portfolio studies and have a protected environment for doing research."

Based within the Newcastle School of Dental Sciences and Dental Hospital, a collaboration between Newcastle University and The Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Hospitals Trust, the facility has four new dental surgeries and is supported by three research laboratories and hosts the Centre for Oral Health Research. 

The centre was opened by Sir Leonard Fenwick, Chief Executive of the Newcastle Hospitals, who explained; “There is every confidence we shall see translation into improved dental care and treatments that will benefit the population at large. This is very much a vote of confidence in the North East’s track record in dental research.

"I'm very, very proud of the Dental hospital and school as in the 70's I was the planning officer when this institution was formed - and it has flown high ever since. You can't see the join between the NHS and the university and it's a great example of bringing service and research together. I know we'll go from strength to strength."

These state-of-the art facilities mean a full range of clinical dental research can be undertaken, including restorative dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, implant research, dental materials research, paediatric dentistry, local anaesthetic studies, fluoride therapy, nutritional research, and surgical procedures. In addition two of the surgeries are equipped with operating microscopes for advanced surgical and restorative procedures.

The development has been funded by the Trust and University with staff supported by the Northumberland and Tyne and Wear Comprehensive Local Research Network, grant income and commercial research projects.

Newcastle University is already recognised as a Science City and a leading centre for dentistry and this new facility will ensure further benefits to the region and further afield.

“We can offer industry a responsive, high-quality facility and support research and clinical trials,” said Professor Preshaw.

“The developments we will be making in this new centre will directly feed into the way patients are treated here and across the UK.”

published on: 18th November 2011