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Our dentistry research is managed within two broad themes that cover everything from craniofacial genetics and stem cell research to issues within public health and primary care.

Basic Sciences

Our internationally-renowned Basic Sciences group conducts research at the clinical/basic science interface.

It has become increasingly focused on molecular and structural biology and encompasses four interactive, internationally recognised programmes in the analysis and management of craniofacial disorders, oral cancer, periodontal disease/mineralised tissues and biomaterials.

Our craniofacial genetics and developmental biology, stem cells and cancer research is conducted in a network of state of the art clinical facilities and laboratories in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health.

The laboratories are well equipped, and a range of expertise in structural, cell and molecular biology exists to ensure a seamless transition into the post-genomic era.

The group networks into the Manchester Innovation Research Incubator, which facilitates innovation, patenting and translation of basic research into the clinical environment.

Our biomaterials research is conducted in a bespoke materials laboratory a stone's throw from where clinical care is provided in the Dental Hospital.

The research theme has attracted research income from organisations such as the Medical Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Department of Health, Wellcome Trust and industry.

Our research groups are:

Health Sciences

The overarching aim of the Health Sciences theme is to undertake high quality research that directly impacts on clinical practice.

The theme hosts the Cochrane Oral Health Group, the Colgate Palmolive Dental Health Unit and the Healing Foundation Cleft and Craniofacial Clinical Research Centre.

We haves an international reputation for our research into clinical craniofacial anomalies, caries and diagnostics, oral radiology and imaging, oral and maxillofacial surgery (including implants and control of pain and anxiety), public health and primary care and systematic reviews and evidence based practice.

Our research groups are: