Centre for Oral Health Research

Periodontal Diseases

Periodontal Diseases

Research in this theme aims to translate new biological knowledge into a more detailed understanding of periodontal diseases.

We explore their relationship to other common diseases such as diabetes. We aim to improve patient care through novel treatments, better diagnostics, and more effective clinical care pathways.

Key research areas

Our research thus spans the translational spectrum. This ranges from oral biosciences, such as oral microbiology and oral immunology, to applied dental research, including Oral Health Care and Epidemiology.

Our expertise ranges from laboratory cell and molecular biosciences through clinical studies of periodontitis. We're experts in clinical trials of novel treatments to health services research and epidemiology.

Strong track record

Our Dental Clinical Research Facility is dedicated to clinical research and the training of healthcare professionals in research methodology.

We have a strong track record in gaining externally funded clinical and non-clinical research fellowships in periodontology.

Funding and collaborations

Our work is funded by the:

  • NIHR
  • Department of Health (UK)
  • EPSRC
  • Innovate UK
  • NIHR Biomedical Research Centre of Newcastle University
  • Dunhill Medical Trust

We have collaborative projects and funding from SMEs and multi-national oral health care companies.

Current research involves:

  • the influence of e-cigarettes on periodontal health
  • the role of periodontal screening in the management of diabetes
  • clinical studies to identify novel salivary biomarkers of periodontitis
  • biological factors leading to the formation dental plaque

Principal investigators

Dr Susan Bissett (s.m.bissett@ncl.ac.uk) and Dr Richard Holliday richard.holliday@ncl.ac.uk)

Recent publications