Most of the research activity in the School of Dental Sciences is organized through the Centre for Oral Health Research (COHR).
The COHR has a particular focus on understanding molecular and cellular mechanisms and translating these into clinical settings. Evaluation of clinical, community and economic strategies to improve public health and inform a wider health agenda is a central research theme.
Research is mainly carried out in dedicated laboratory facilities. The newly built Dental Clinical Research Facility (CRF), is the focus for our clinical research. The CRF facilitates access to patients via the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the juxtaposition of specialised laboratories enhances our translational research programmes.
Our staff play a significant role in oral health research and policy development at national and international levels. The growing ageing population is a social and economic challenge and oral health is a key component of healthy ageing. Our strategy is to focus our research in this, and related areas of high public health significance. Much of our research is multi-disciplinary and in many cases we take a life-course approach.
Research training is fundamental to our activities and, in addition to well-developed postgraduate programmes towards PhDs and Masters level awards, we also support undergraduate research projects, vacation scholarships and intercalated degree programmes for dental students.
Find out about our research on the Centre for Oral Health Research website.