Research

Improving health and well-being

The School of Dentistry at the University of Dundee aims to improve human health, oral and dental health and well‐being, while contributing to the design and effective implementation of future health technologies, health services, health informatics and knowledge systems.

Improving outcomes for Dental CareImproving outcomes for ChildrenImproving outcomes for Oral CareImproving outcomes for AdultsImproving outcomes through technology

The School of Dentistry is a WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Issues on Congenital Anomalies and Technology Transfer. The WHO CC is embedded in an oral health research rich environment with Oral Health research capacity through the Dental Health Services Research Unit (DHSRU), the Cochrane Oral Health Group, the UK Centre for Evidence Based Dentistry (CEBD) and the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programmes (SDCEP) that encourages close research collaborations with colleagues across different disciplines in the Dental School and other health related sciences.

The Dundee WHO CC is also committed to pursuit of an implementation agenda aimed towards reducing the burden of all aspects of oral disease including craniofacial anomalies; and promotion of general health through the Common Risk Factor (CRF) approach to primary prevention. This is expressed through the extensive international research collaborations through ongoing research initiatives in Scotland (the Scottish Oral Health Research Collaboration), Europe and various other parts of the world, particularly the developing world and is becoming increasingly trans-sectoral in outlook.

We are also committed to furthering Evidence Based Dentistry – both primary evidence and evidence synthesis - including the delivery of research-led teaching combined with the provision of clinically effective care delivered in a research supportive environment. There is also collaboration with colleagues in other Universities across Scotland, in particular with the University of Glasgow and with other collaborators at leading centres across the UK, the NHS and internationally.

One of the distinctive features of the School of Dentistry research environment is to support our educational programmes across a range of research areas with increasing emphasis on research in the undergraduate curriculum and high demand for Taught PG Masters courses, and the need to have research expertise and facilities to support projects as a component part of these programmes.

Similarly, we collaborate with cognate areas across Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing and Health Sciences, with Population Health Sciences, the Centre for Applied Health Research and Cancer being shared themes and we increasingly collaborate across the wider University, where there is common interest with other Schools in the University, including for example work with Engineering and Forensic Anthropology.