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Research Strengths

We support a wide range of oral health research areas within the dental school.

Our current research strengths across our different research groups, include:

Translational Oral Bioscience

Applied Oral Health Research

Dental Education Research


In-vitro comparison of the marginal adaption between a 3M direct crown and a pressed lithium disilicate crown

  • Funder: 3M
  • Lead: Chris O’Connor

Oral cancer

Evaluation of the prognostic potential and functional significance of two novel biomarkers in oral cancer

  • Funder: The Pathological Society & Newcastle Healthcare Charity
  • Lead: Ralf Kist

Oral immunology

Development of a novel biosensor for the detection of salivary matrix metalloproteinase 8 in periodontal diseases

  • Funder: EPSRC & Innovate UK Project Grant
  • Lead: John Taylor

Oral microbiology

Control of oral biofilms using a natural marine microbial enzyme


STOP-TRANSIT: Peri-procedural targets in toothache to stop transition to phantom neuropathic tooth pain

Care pathways, health economics and multicentre clinical trials

Filling Children’s Teeth: Indicated Or Not? (FiCTION)

  • Funder: NIHR
  • Lead: Anne Maguire

Resource allocation in NHS dentistry: Recognition of societal preference (RAINDROP)

Investigating Problem Orientated Patient Pathways (patients with dental pain)

Oral health surveys

UK Decennial Adult and Child Dental Health Surveys and the Thousand Families Cohort Study

Public health and nutrition

Development of oral health initiatives to improve glycaemic control

Individual learner and teacher
including learner wellbeing,
peer learning and team
working, improving and
assessing professional qualities
and educational transitions

Educating dental rducators to do education research

Professionalism as explored through regulatory documentation

  • Lead: Heidi Bateman

Curriculum: including integration, theory,
development, delivery
and assessment

Understanding the background to the GDC learning outcomes for undergraduate dental programmes

Wider world: including
internationalisation, patient
involvement in assessment,
feedback and selection

Obtaining patient feedback for quality assurance of undergraduate dental teaching

What are the benefits of a UK/USA educational initiative and visit programme for dental students?